Speaker of the House Paul Ryan officially announced Wednesday that he will not seek re-election and retire at the end of his term; telling reporters that “this job doesn’t last forever” and he’s “incredibly proud” of his achievements.
“You realize something when you take this job: It’s a big job with a lot riding on you and you can feel it. You also know that this is a job that doesn’t last forever,” said Ryan.
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“That inspires you to do big things, and on that score, I think we have achieved a heck of a lot,” he added. “You all know that I did not seek this job, I took it reluctantly. But I have given this job everything that I have, and I have no regrets whatsoever for having accepted this responsibility.”
“I will be setting new priorities in my life, but I’m also leaving incredibly proud of what we’ve accomplished,” said the Speaker.
Watch Ryan’s comments above.
RYAN RETIRES: Paul Ryan WILL NOT Seek Re-election in 2018
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan will not run for re-election in 2018 multiple sources have told Fox News; stunning Washington and kick-starting a party-wide power struggle over who will replace the outgoing GOP leader.
According to inside sources -first reported in Axios– Rep. Ryan reportedly feels the recently passed GOP tax cuts were the culmination of his Speakership and is planning a transition into private life over the next year.
The Speaker also came under fire weeks ago from President Trump and fellow Republicans over his $1.3 trillion omnibus spending package.
Paul Ryan was catapulted into the national spotlight when he ran alongside GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney in the 2012 race for the White House. He has served as Speaker of the House of Representatives since 2015.
The Speaker’s decision places even greater importance on the upcoming 2018 midterm elections, with both Democrats and Republicans vying to control the House and Senate.
Rep. Ryan is expected to announce his decision to leave Congress as early as Wednesday.
OUCH: Paul Ryan UNLOADS on 'SAD' Nancy Pelosi Over ‘Crumbs’ Comment
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan didn’t mince words when addressing House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s assertions that the GOP tax cuts aren’t helping American workers, saying increased wages and $1000 bonuses “aren’t crumbs” to average families.
“As you know, leader Pelosi’s calling all of this ‘crumbs,’” a reporter from C-SPAN pressed the GOP leader.
“I was sad and surprised she said that. To somebody working at Walmart at the starting wage who just went from $9 an hour to $11 an hour, that’s not crumbs. To a person working paycheck to paycheck who just got a $1000 bonus, that’s not crumbs,” said Ryan.
“Comcast –just one company- is investing $50 billion in America, in jobs, in expanding across the country, this isn’t crumbs. The additional maternity leave at Walmart, the higher 401(k) plans… these aren’t crumbs,” he added.
“More than half of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. When they get something like a $1000 bonus at Christmas time because of this tax cut, it’s hardly crumbs,” said the Speaker of the House.
Watch Paul Ryan’s comments above.