Published: Fri, April 13, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Will Steve Scalise be the next Speaker of the House?

Will Steve Scalise be the next Speaker of the House?

"It shows that we have an intact leadership team that supports each other, that's all heading in the right direction".

Scalise wouldn't confirm the reports about Ryan's pending announcement he would not seek re-election, calling him a "good friend".

Either way, it's clear that Ryan intends to set up McCarthy for the position should Republicans retain the House.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), (center), speaks to the media while flanked by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), (right), and House Majority Whip, Steve Scalise (R-LA) (left), after a meeting with House Republicans on Capitol Hill, on March 6, 2018 in Washington, DC.

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On Wednesday, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) announced he would not seek reelection, and would retire at the end of the year.

He said on Thursday that he would not be departing early, despite some grumblings from Republicans concerned that Ryan's lame-duck status could throw a wrench in fundraising efforts.

Barring an early abdication of Ryan's leadership - which he ruled out on Thursday - the next House speaker will be elected by a simple majority of the next Congress in January.

As Paul Ryan begins his search for a private-sector role in which to continue his life's work of making America a more inhospitable place for poor people, his reeling caucus begins its search for its next leader.

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"In terms of getting things like coastal erosion, infrastructure projects, projects that require a large amount of money from the federal appropriation bills, but even if Republicans did lose control of the House, certainly as minority leader he would still have a great deal of influence over the appropriations process", said Collins.

Our sources say that could pull an already divided conference even further apart. While this segment of the House Republican Caucus remains a minority within the total group, they still represent a strong enough contingent that their support would be absolutely essential for any candidate to secure the support of if they are going to get the majority vote they need to be elected Speaker of the House.

"My hope, and this has been my advice, is we need to focus", said Reed, a Ways and Means Committee member who says he has no designs on a leadership job. But GOP leaders and a key Democrat - Louisiana Rep. Cedric Richmond [D-New Orleans], who is now chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus - rallied behind him, and the furor subsided. "I think nearly all of our members see it that way as well".

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