On Wednesday, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) announced he would not run for re-election to Congress in November. Although Ryan said he was not resigning and would serve until his term ends in January (at least for now), speculation about who'll win the battle to replace him as Speaker began instantly. Who will be the next Speaker of the House? One parameter in the race: Republicans are widely expected to lose the House in November. So whoever replaces Ryan would be the Minority Leader in that scenario. If current House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi remains in her position, she would likely re-emerge as House Speaker, six years after she ceded the gavel when Republicans took control of Congress. Who will replace Paul Ryan? For the sake of argument: If Ryan left tomorrow, who would be the next Speaker of the House? These are the current front-runners for GOP leader. Kevin McCarthy The Congressman from California as tipped to replace Ryan's predecessor, John Boehner, when he … [Read more...] about Who will be the next Speaker of the House?
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WASHINGTON (CBS News) - This week on "Face the Nation," we spoke with the newly elected Speaker of the House, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI). During our discussion, Mr. Ryan made it clear that he would not work on Immigration Reform under Obama's presidency and also spoke to us about his goals of leading and uniting the Republican Party. We also spoke with Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio. Rubio, coming off of an impressive debate performance, spoke to our host, John Dickerson, about his campaign, his relationship with fellow Republican presidential candidate, Jeb Bush, and many other topics. The New Speaker of the House, Rep. Paul Ryan, has said that he wants to take tough issues head on, but in our conversation with Ryan he stated that immigration reform is "not in the cards." "I think it would be a ridiculous notion to try and work on an issue like this with a president we simply cannot trust on this issue." He told Dickerson, adding that "He [Obama] tried to go it alone, … [Read more...] about Face in the News: Paul Ryan discusses his new role as Speaker of the House, Marco Rubio responds to Jeb Bush
The following is a script from "The Speaker of the House" which aired on Nov. 15, 2015. Scott Pelley is the correspondent. Robert G. Anderson and Aaron Weisz, producers. This past week, before Friday's tragedy in Paris, Scott Pelley went to Wisconsin, for a far-ranging conversation with the new speaker of the House. Congress discovered new depths of dysfunction in September when the speaker of the House unexpectedly resigned, his designated successor refused the job and, Paul Ryan, the only leader Republicans could agree on, turned them down. Ryan didn't want the thankless job of leading a fractured majority that can't keep its promises. Besides, he preferred his house in Janesville, Wisconsin, to the people's house in Washington. But tonight, much to his surprise, Ryan is speaker, at 45, the youngest in more than 140 years and on his terms. He's an expert on the budget, Mitt Romney's running mate in 2012. And we met him, in his hometown, on his second week in the job. Scott … [Read more...] about The Speaker of the House
Thursday's announcement from House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California, that he would not seek election as Speaker of the House came as a shock to nearly everyone - political watchers, the press, even most of McCarthy's Republican colleagues. McCarthy, who's currently second-in-command under Speaker John Boehner, was widely expected to assume the top job after Boehner announced he would step down at the end of the month. But that plan hit a speedbump last week after McCarthy credited the House Select Committee on Benghazi with driving down the poll numbers of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, providing fodder for Democrats who have long argued the committee is more interested in politics than fact-finding. After a chorus of criticism from Democrats and Republicans alike, McCarthy took himself out of the running, saying he wanted to spare his members a tough vote and he wanted the GOP conference to unify. It was a surprising turn of events, but not one without … [Read more...] about The men who almost became Speaker of the House
Newly-elected House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, pledged to lead the lower chamber by consensus - not by dictating his will - in an interview that will air in full Sunday on "Face the Nation." "I was not elected dictator of the House," Ryan told host John Dickerson. "I was elected speaker of the House. And that means we do it in a bottom up approach. We reach consensus." "As Republicans, we have common principles. We need to take those common principles and apply them to the problems of the day through consensus to show the country a better way forward," Ryan added. "And it's my job to lead to that consensus, but not to dictate that consensus." Ryan's predecessor, former House Speaker John Boehner, was fond of saying that he'd allow the House to work its will, rather than trying to force his will upon the House. Ryan's emphasis on "consensus" and a "bottom-up" approach suggests he would emulate Boehner's leadership in that regard. Ryan also discussed the recent two-year budget … [Read more...] about Paul Ryan: “I was not elected dictator of the House”