Ryan bows out: 'I have given this job everything I have'

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan R-Wis. told Republican lawmakers Wednesday he will not run for re-election

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan R-Wis. told Republican lawmakers Wednesday he will not run for re-election. Associated Press J. Scott Applewhite

Paul Ryan, speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, has rendered very valuable service to his fellow Americans during his 20 years in Congress. He has represented Wisconsin's 1st District in the lower chamber since 1999.

Regarding potential action in Syria specifically, Ryan also said he thought it was "important for us to help lead the global community to make sure that people are held accountable for these mass atrocities". "He was a critical part of supporting me to get on that committee, so I'm very grateful to him for that", Banks said Wednesday. Though he would readily admit that he was reluctant to take the Speaker position, he answered the call of @HouseGOP & led the House through a challenging period. He says he has given the job "everything that I have".

"The job provides incredible opportunities, but the truth is it's easy for it to take over everything in your life".

The Wisconsin Republican cast the decision to end his 20-year career as a personal one - he doesn't want his children growing up with a "weekend dad" - but it will create a vacuum at both ends of Pennsylvania Ave.

If the mid-term election does not swing in favor of the Republicans, they might have to surrender the seat of Speaker of the House to a Democrat, which would have been another humiliating situation for Ryan.

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Ryan, who has been in office since 1999 and speaker since 2015, said he wanted to spend more time with his family, and between the lines it might be interpreted as wanting to spend less time with the GOP cohort in Congress and the anticipated tidal wave of change in the House. That deal also significantly raised USA military spending this year as demanded by Republicans.

One source with the conservative bloc, the House Freedom Caucus, says McCarthy is, at this early stage, likely to have the support to become the next Speaker with the group's chairman Rep. Mark Meadows a front-runner to become Majority Leader. Rumours had been swirling in conservative circles for months that he was eying the exits. "It's one of the reasons why I was comfortable making this decision, actually". He's had frequent clashes with Donald Trump, and their differences - in temperament and policy - continue to be stark. He's not the first congressional Republican to do so, and with the top man leading the way, more are sure to follow. Even though he was Mitt Romney's running mate in 2012, his image of being a budget hawk has all but vanished into the darkness of the DC Swamp.

In the photo, which was tweeted Wednesday night, Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are surrounded by five members of congressional Republican leadership, including Ryan.

"He will leave a legacy of achievement that nobody can question".

GREENE: You know, we've been talking a lot yesterday about the president's tweets about Syria and Russian Federation, taunting Russia about what Russian Federation might do if the USA ends up carrying out a military attack this morning.

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