House Speaker Ryan owed a debt of gratitude

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Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., said he thought the leadership elections would have to be moved up. "We are united in our resolve that Assad's barbaric use of chemical weapons can not go unanswered". That's something-I'm not going away from life.

"I don't think he should be fired".

The White House declined to weigh in Friday on whom the president preferred for speaker.

King also pressed Ryan about his relationship with Trump, with the speaker insisting that he and Trump worked well together, despite disagreeing on some issues. Trump took a hands-off approach to talks that produced a budget that will create trillion dollar deficits and Ryan - always a budget hawk - went along with it all.

"What it shows you is that we have an intact leadership team that supports each other, that's all heading in the right direction", he said.

We need more Ryans, not fewer. McCarthy's 2015 bidding to become speaker neglected part as he didn't possess the votes from your house independence Caucus, the chamber's about conservative wing. Scalise's path to power would be to emerge as the prime alternative if McCarthy again falters.

"Speaker Ryan is committed to retaining the House Majority and he plans to continue traveling on behalf of our members and candidates throughout the 2018 midterms".

Third, Donald Trump is not the easiest president in the world to coordinate with legislatively.

"I've broken every record that any (House) speaker has ever had on fundraising", Ryan said on the day of his retirement announcement and one day after Politico reported he'd raised $11.1 million in the first quarter of 2018, bringing his total for this year's election cycle to $54 million. "We got that done..."

In the meantime, the scramble to succeed Ryan atop the Republican conference - if not the House majority - could prove intense, some said.

"I have given this job everything I have", he said.

Overall, some four dozen House Republicans - including powerful committee chairmen - are calling it quits. Cantor initially pledged to serve out his term, only to reverse course and resign less than two months later.

King tried to get Ryan to throw the president under the bus, asking him if "Trump fatigue" played a role in his decision to not run for reelection. If he comes to my district, is there as much cachet - not just cash, but draw - versus having someone who could be the next speaker and the speaker after that for a couple of terms?' " Shimkus asked.

Still, for many Republicans, it's unclear who will be left in leadership to counterbalance Trump.

"The push is coming from those who are interested in joining leadership sooner rather than later", said Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill.

"Losing Speaker Ryan's leadership and passion for these issues will nearly certainly make the road to these reforms longer and more hard", Dean Rosen, who works at the lobbying firm Mehlman, Castagnetti, Rosen & Thomas, told Bloomberg Law. "I've been here 20 years in Congress".

Things like: "The NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons", as well as the notion that a conciliatory approach to immigration would lead to "the marginalization, if not the destruction, of the Republican Party".

McCarthy, the House majority leader, is viewed as contending for Ryan's job with No. 3 House GOP leader Steve Scalise of Louisiana.

"That's probably his greatest gift to us", said Rep. Kevin Cramer of North Dakota.

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