House Speaker Paul Ryan has denied rumors he is planning to stand down, after a Nevada Republican said there would be an announcement on the subject in the next two months.
Nevada Representative Mark Amodei said in an interview with Nevada Newsmakers that Ryan would be replaced by Majority Whip Steve Scalise, in a move he speculated was the result of Ryan completing his tax reform goal.
“The rumor mill is that Paul Ryan is getting ready to resign in the next 30 to 60 days and that Steve Scalise will be the new speaker,” Amodei told Nevada Newsmakers.
“Now, that is interesting, because no one has talked to members on how they are going to vote. Now, maybe they have talked to all of the members but me. I don’t know, so that is the rumor mill from last week,” he added.
However, Ryan has denied such a plan exists, with his spokesperson AshLee Strong saying in a statement to The Hill: “The speaker is not resigning.”
Scalise, too, threw his support behind Ryan, although he did not comment on whether he would be prepared to step into the speaker’s role if Ryan did indeed resign.
"Whip Scalise is proud to serve alongside Speaker Ryan, and fully supports him to remain speaker,” a statement from Scalise spokeswoman Lauren Fine said. "Our whole leadership team is focused on working with President [Donald] Trump to deliver more conservative wins for the country, and also ensuring we keep the majority so we can continue implementing President Trump's agenda that is getting our economy back on track."
It is not the first time Ryan’s future has been discussed, with the speaker not yet commenting on his plans to seek re-election—or indeed not—commenting in an interview with CBS’s Face the Nation in January that he and his wife would be discussing the issue as they frequently did.
“Am I going to be speaker? Yes, if we keep the majority, then...then the Republican speaker,” Ryan told host John Dickerson when asked if he would be speaker following the 2018 midterms.
“You're asking me if I'm going to run for re-election? That's a decision my wife and I always make each and every term when we have filing in Wisconsin late in spring. And I haven't…I'm not going to share my thinking with you before I even talk to my wife,” he added.
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