“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). 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, who is currently the House majority whip, was shot in June of last year while practicing for a congressional baseball game. He returned to Congress in September despite being in critical condition right after the shooting.
This isn’t the first time rumors have swirled that Ryan was about to resign, as back in December, he said that he was doing some “soul searching” about his leadership role in the U.S. House. He later denied that he was considering resigning, however.
When asked why Ryan would choose to resign right now, Amodei said that maybe he has accomplished what he set out to do as the U.S. House leader and may want to move on to other challenges.
“I don’t know. If I was just guessing, he wanted to do the tax-cut bill,” Amodei said, referring to the passage in Congress of major tax cuts late last year. “You know, (former Speaker) John Boehner said the thing: ‘Hey, I checked all of the boxes I thought were important and I’m moving on to whatever else.’”
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