Ryan on track for Speaker re-election as Dems delay
— Rep. Paul D. Ryan appeared on track for another term as House speaker Tuesday, winning an internal Republican leadership election as the party tries to unify under President-elect Donald Trump.
Ryan could still face resistance when the full House votes as the new Congress convenes in January. Democrats will oppose him.
But for now, Ryan appears to have secured enough Republican support to quell calls for his ouster, according to those monitoring the
Several members of the House Freedom Caucus and lawmakers who supported Trump could have blocked Ryan but gave him their votes.
Despite his rocky start with Trump, Ryan now appears to be fully engaged with the president-elect, speaking with him “virtually every single day.” He pledged Tuesday to help make Trump “the most successful president in our lifetimes.”
Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California was also expected to win another term as majority leader.
Meanwhile, Democratic leaders in the House agreed to delay congressional elections until Nov. 30, dealing a blow to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (DCalif.), who hoped to hold them Thursday.
But members stopped short on calling for new leadership publicly. Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) said the delay will help Democrats evaluate the “shellacking” they received in last Tuesday’s election.
Pelosi told reporters after leaving the caucus meeting Tuesday she did not believe the new election date had an impact on how members perceive her leadership.
So far, only Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) has expressed an interest in running against Pelosi but has not made that decision official.