Update: 6 AM 12/15/17
(AP)–House Speaker Paul Ryan is denying reports that he plans to leave Congress after the Republicans’ tax bill is approved. Politico and The Huffington Post published stories speculating that Ryan would make this Congress his last or even resign after lawmakers approve the $1.5 trillion tax bill, which could happen next week. When asked Thursday if he’d be quitting shortly, Ryan replied, “I’m not, no.” Instead he focused on selling the tax bill.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said President Donald Trump called Ryan and said he’d be unhappy if Ryan left Congress. Even so, several GOP operatives say there have long been whispers that Ryan wouldn’t keep the post for a long time and a departure wouldn’t be surprising. They spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to describe private conversations. A Ryan spokeswoman calls the reports “pure speculation.”
12/14/17 5 PM–WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan says he’s not leaving Congress anytime soon.
The Wisconsin Republican was asked Thursday about two published reports suggesting he might leave his job soon after the GOP passes a rewrite of the U.S. tax code.
Asked by a reporter if he’s quitting anytime soon, Ryan chuckled and said, “I’m not. No.”
Ryan spoke as Politico and the Huffington Post published reports speculating that Ryan would make this term his last or even quit within weeks. Ryan took the job reluctantly, after former Speaker John Boehner of Ohio stepped aside abruptly in 2015.
A Ryan spokeswoman calls the reports “pure speculation.”