Speaker Paul Ryan Announces His Retirement From Congress

House Paul Ryan speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington U.S

In the 2012 presidential election, he was the Republican Party nominee for vice president, running alongside former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

"We all know that I did not seek this job, I took it reluctantly, but I have given this job everything I have and I have no regret whatsoever in accepting this responsibility", Ryan said at a press conference. He also asked Ryan to reach across the aisle to Democrats during the remaining days of his term but noted that "the job may be made harder because Congressmen Scalise and McCarthy will be competing for the hard-right's favor".

Ryan has said he fully expects that this will be his last job in elected politics and the source familiar with the speaker's decision would not discuss Ryan's plans or next steps.

"What I realise is if I am here for one more term my kids will only have a weekend dad".

President Donald Trump lauded House Speaker Paul Ryan for his achievements after learning on Wednesday that Ryan won't seek re-election. And on that score, I think we have achieved a heck of a lot.

"Republicans" have been an unmitigated disaster, and in recent months even US president Donald Trump has gotten in on their swamp maintenance efforts. He plans to serve out his current term and then retire in January.

"I am not going anywhere anytime soon, and let's just leave that thing at that".

The speaker will frame his decision as one of putting family first - and, with young children, the fundraising and legislative duties of the office are burdensome - but it's impossible not to view the move in a larger political context. "And one thing Ive learned about teenagers is their idea of an ideal weekend is not necessarily to spend all of the time with their parents", he said. "With almost $5 million raised to date, a strong field program aided by organized labor, a broad coalition of support locally and nationally, Randy Bryce is incredibly well positioned to [win]".

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He served as the chairman of the House Budget Committee from 2011-15 and chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee in 2015, which is primarily responsible for tax policy issues, but also oversees Medicare, Social Security and unemployment benefits.

"We have a great record to run on, great economy, great accomplishments, more to do", Mr. Ryan said.

Worse, he's sending a message to Republican Party actors that he expects to lose their House majority.

The opposition Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez said Ryans retirement is an indictment of Republican leadership that has failed to provide meaningful results for the American people.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer urged Ryan to use his remaining time for work towards bipartisanship in the House.

"I also want to thank the people of southern Wisconsin for placing their trust in me as their representative for the past 20 years".

Party leadership positions - such as whip and majority leader - require the backing of a majority of Republican members of the House.

The Ohio Republican, who retired from politics in 2015, once said he was "unalterably opposed" to legalising marijuana. Thirty-seven Republican House members are leaving office when their term ends in January 2019.

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