Speaker Paul Ryan

Ryan Says Most in His Conference Want Him to Hold on to Gavel Through November
Several members have raised concerns about a protracted leadership battle to succeed speaker

Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., announces his retirement during a press conference on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Speaker Paul D. Ryan insists he’s not giving up his gavel before November, despite a push from some members of his conference to avoid a protracted leadership battle. 

“I don’t think most members want me to do that,” the Wisconsin Republican said on “CBS This Morning.”

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Ryan’s Exit Opens Up Race in Wisconsin’s 1st District
Republicans are confident they will hold the seat

Speaker Paul D Ryan, R-Wis., and his staff walk back to his office Wednesday after holding his press conference to announce his retirement. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s decision not to run for re-election opens up the race for his seat in southeast Wisconsin, which Democrats are targeting this year.

Ryan, who was first elected in 1998, said Wednesday he could not in good conscience ask 1st District voters for their support when he was not going to stay in Congress.

Ryan’s Piecemeal Approach May Keep GOP Infrastructure Push Afloat
But speaker’s strategy of multiple bills could complicate Senate passage

Speaker Paul D. Ryan wants to break an infrastructure overhaul into pieces, moving five to six bills before the August recess. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A key piece of the Republicans’ 2018 legislative agenda is shape-shifting.

Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s pronouncement last week that an infrastructure overhaul will be tackled in multiple bills serves a dual purpose: It keeps hope for one of the president’s top policy priorities alive, while setting more realistic expectations for what will get done this midterm election year.

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