The latest Paul Ryan retirement rumor come from Nevada GOP Rep. Mark Amodei, who told a local radio station that he expects the House speaker to “resign in the next 30 to 60 days,” and that Majority Whip Steve Scalise will likely take his place.
“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,” said Amodei during his interview with Nevada Newsmakers. “Now that is interesting, because no one has talked to members on how they are going to vote. 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.”
Amodei further speculated on why Ryan might retire now.
“If I was just guessing, he wanted to do the tax bill,” said the Nevada Congressman. “You know, John Boehner said the same thing: ‘Hey, when I checked all of the boxes I thought were important and I’m moving on to whatever else.'”
“The speaker is not resigning,” said Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong in a Monday statement directly refuting Amodei’s comments.
Rep. Scalise also responded to the rumor, emphasizing through his spokeswoman that he is “proud to serve alongside Speaker Ryan and fully supports him to remain Speaker.”