Speaker of the House Paul Ryan was in good spirits on Thursday, November 16, when it was announced that the measure to rewrite the American tax code passed 227-205. Republican lawmakers engulfed Ryan and congratulated him on this grand achievement. Playing around with the social safety net is a bold move indeed.
It has no come to light why Ryan was so willing to take on such a large, and possibly unpopular, undertaking. He has let those closest to him know that he is on his way out, this will be his final term as speaker.
According to Politico, interviews with at least “three dozen people who know the speaker – fellow lawmakers, congressional and administration aides, conservative intellectuals and Republican lobbyists – not a single person believed Ryan will stay in Congress past 2018.”
It has been reported that Ryan has never loved the job as Speaker of the House. He has told his family and friends that he feels like he’s running a daycare center, and doesn’t keep his aggravation to himself.
In the months ahead, Ryan is sure to have to break promises he made to his fellow Republicans and make concessions to Democrats in order to get through a massive pileup of “cannot-fail” bills, such as funding the government, raising the debt ceiling, modify spending caps, address the continuation of health care subsidies, dole out additional money for disaster relief.
As Ryan was leaving a press conference on Thursday, he was asked if he was leaving soon. Ryan shot a quick “no” over his shoulder as he walked out of the room
The one person who could probably keep Ryan from leaving Congress, is President Donald Trump. The pair have worked well together, better than anyone predicted a year ago. Ryan has stood by the White House and Trump, even though many in his own party have not.