Ryan on track for Speaker re-elec­tion as Dems de­lay

Cecil Whig - - & - By LISA MASCARO & REMA RAHMAN

TNS/CQ-Roll Call

— 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


closed meet­ing.

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.

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