Paul Ryan and the Exodus of Republicans From Congress

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He is still expected to serve out the rest of his term, following suit with a number of Republicans who have similarly decided not to seek another term.

"I don't worry so much for the Republican Party as I worry for the status of the country", he said.

"We have advanced a very impressive agenda, we ran on an agenda in 2016, we won the election and we've been executing it ever since". He did not discuss any particular reform details, but the speaker said he discussed Medicare reform with President Donald Trump and has pushed to partially privatize Medicare.

"Realistically, the chances were low of anything getting done anyway", Feehery said.

Ryan made a surprise announcement on Wednesday that he will not run for re-election and that he's leaving to spend more time with his teenage children. Rep. Kevin McCarthy is the favorite among Republicans to replace Ryan. "I am announcing that this year will be my last one as member of the House". But Ryan didn't bring up the Trump administration's minority problem all on his own.

"Speaker Paul Ryan is a truly good man, and while he will not be seeking re-election, he will leave a legacy of achievement that nobody can question". We are proud of Paul and the work he has achieved over the years. One Democratic opponent, ironworker Randy Bryce, already has raised $5 million, and Wisconsin Republicans are anxious that a national Democratic wave could sweep him to victory.

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Republican strategist Steve Schmidt wrote in a tweet that "Paul Ryan's monument will be the putrid and smoldering ruins of the Republican Party and conservative movement that he betrayed with his complicity and cowardice". Several GOP veterans have announced plans to retire in recent months and another, Rep. Dennis Ross of Florida, quickly followed Ryan on Wednesday.

The speaker also said President Trump's chaotic leadership style didn't factor into his retirement decision, but some members privately worry that it will be hard to escape the perception that the Republican Party is suffering from a crisis of unity and planning. "And I really don't think I'll change my mind". "So, Republicans there have to walk a very careful line in order to win elections", Lindorff told Radio Sputnik, predicting that Scalise is more likely than McCarthy to be Ryan's successor.

With the caucus deeply fractured - and conservatives certain to play a major role in deciding the next Republican leader - an intense competition will play out over who will become the party´s policy chief in the age of Trump.

Kelly said he wasn't concerned about Ryan's departure from a party perspective. He was elected House speaker in 2015 after former House speaker John Boehner retired.

Right now, Ryan will go down as one of the worst House Speakers in history.

Ryan was criticised by Democrats for what they saw as his failure to stand up to Trump and firmly confront the President on matters such as Trump's frequent attacks on USA law enforcement and the President's alienation of United States allies and abandonment of longstanding Republican principles like free trade.

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