Rep. Richard Neal Says House Speaker Paul Ryan's Departure Is No Surprise

House Speaker Paul Ryan Won't Seek Re-Election

"We are going to make sure that America is open to legal immigration because that is wealth and the talent and the entrepreneurial skills for the 21st Century", Kemp once said. He told reporters he believes he's leaving with strong accomplishments his party can sell to voters ahead of November elections.

The speaker also said that though it is Congress' role to serve as a check on the executive branch if there is abuse of civil liberties or power, he didn't see a need for one potential action: a bill that would bar the president from firing special counsel Robert Mueller.

Another factor, Ryan said, was that he has gotten much of what he wanted done. "What I guess I didn't expect was how he would draw me so much into public service as a vocation that I ended up going into politics myself, basically as a result of the mentorship that he gave me and the example he set".

Over his two and a half year tenure, Ryan has vacillated between a leader with grandiose, seemingly concrete personal and political beliefs, and a politician lacking a backbone, the conviction to successfully craft and defend policy and the stomach to stand up to a president who has been anything but easy to work alongside.

While Trump and Ryan managed to get their tax plan passed, their relationship has been rocky at times.

Ryan (R-Wis.) on Capitol Hill on April 12.

"The Speaker has kept up his breakneck fundraising schedule, traveling to more than 30 states and over 70 cities to help raise money for House Republicans this cycle, while keeping his pledge to spend weekends at home in Wisconsin", Ryan's organization said when announcing the fundraising figures.


For many Republicans, Ryan has been "a steady force in contrast to the president's more mercurial tone", said Rep. Mark Sanford of SC.

"I just can't let that happen", he said at the time. Together the right-wing talkers paved the way for a Republican presidential candidate who sold outrage just like they did: Donald Trump.

Ryan, a Republican from Janesville, Wisconsin, was first elected to Congress in 1998. Along with Reps. Eric Cantor and Kevin McCarthy, he branded himself a rising "young gun" in an aging party and a new breed of hard-charging Republican ready to shrink the size of government. Among the most glaring signs of that collapse is the failure of powerful Republicans to block Trump's worst impulses.

Ryan and other prominent pro-trade, inclusive lawmakers warned against Trump's trade war threats and his saber-rattling, but their concerns appear to have been swept aside. Trumpism is ascendant in Washington, but is a permanent Republican shift away from conservative orthodoxy and the establishment underway - or is the party makeover temporary? Vos did not immediately return telephone or text messages.

The NRCC did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

"Despite our differences, I commend his steadfast commitment to our country", she said in a statement. Others have suggested that an ideal job for the policy wonk could be running a think tank, noting the leader of the conservative American Enterprise Institute recently announced he would be stepping down.

Trump sought to have Mueller fired in December, The New York Times reported last week.

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