The rumor mill is circulating again about the future of Paul Ryan as Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Late last year he fanned the flames of those rumors with a comment that he’s ‘soul searching’ on whether he’ll continue in Congress at all.
And now Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NV) says the talk on the Hill is that Ryan may resign as early as 30 days from now and that Steve Scalise will be the favorite to take over as the new Speaker.
Should that come to pass, the future of the Republican majority will be left in doubt just as things start gearing up for the November elections.
Will the House move in a more conservative direction or not so much?
We’re not betting on it.
Nevada’s 2nd U.S. House District Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Carson City, said on Nevada Newsmakers Monday that Rep. Paul Ryan may soon resign as Speaker of the U.S. House.
Amodei said he was repeating a rumor that’s around Capitol Hill.
“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 said.
“Now that is interesting because nobody has talked to members (of the U.S. House) on how they are going to vote (on new leadership),” Amodei said. “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.”
Scalise, from Louisiana’s 1st U.S. House District, is currently the House majority whip, responsible for rounding up votes on various bills and issues. In June of 2017, he was shot during practice for the congressional baseball team in Virginia. He survived after being in critical condition and returned to Congress in late September of 2017.
This is not the first time resignation rumors about Ryan, of Wisconsin, have surfaced. Last December, he said he was “soul searching” about his leadership role in the U.S. House. At the time, he denied the rumors of resignation, saying they were “irresponsible.”