House Speaker Paul Ryan revealed at a press conference that he will retire at the end of the congressional term, saying that this “year will be my last as a member of the House.”
Reports suggested on early Wednesday morning that the speaker expresses concern about the GOP losing the House in the 2018 midterm election and he does not want to serve as the minority leader.
Speaker Ryan said, “You realize when you take this job you realize that only take this job for a small part of our history, so you better make the most of it. It’s fleeting. That inspires you to do big things.”
Ryan noted that he “did not want this job.”
“It’s easy for it to take over everything in your life. Namely your time as a husband and a dad,” Ryan suggested, arguing that he hopes to spend more time with his family.
“I’m confident that we don’t want the gridlock that would come with the Democrats in power,” Ryan said, arguing that the American people would not vote to make the Democrats the House majority in the 2018 midterms.
Speaker Paul also passed an Obamacare repeal bill through the House last May, a bill known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Conservatives chided the original version of the bill, labeling the bill, “RyanCare,” or “Obamacare-Lite.” A revised AHCA passed through the House with the help of Meadows and former Tuesday Group co-chairman Tom MacArthur (R-NJ).