But hey ... let's all pat Paul Ryan on the back, right? In fact, the deficit has only gone up. The tax legislation passed in December also repealed the individual mandate in the 2010 health care law.
The symbolism and signaling matter to two important constituencies: donors being asked to bankroll House races, and party activists needed to knock on doors and reach out to the voters needed to win elections.
At the same time, Ryan, a lifelong admirer of Ayn Rand, the philosopher of selfishness, dreamed of destroying the safety net, eviscerating Medicaid, privatizing Medicare, slashing food stamps, and generally making life in America more cruel and unpleasant for all those who aren't wealthy. That's nothing new: Ryan excels at ducking blame, rather than working to find solutions that might protect his conference.
Ryan joined a growing list of lawmakers who have decided against seeking re-election. Instead, Ryan surpassed Boehner, raising nearly $90 million in political contributions in 2016 and more than $44 million in 2017 - both records for a House leader.
A top GOP fundraiser, Eric Tanenblatt, expects Ryan to remain a force in a tough cycle. The president tweeted a message of support on Wednesday morning.
Walking down the memory lane, Ryan noted that he took the job "reluctantly" in 2015, adding that he had no "regrets". "What I realised is if I serve for one more term my kids will only have known me as a weekend dad". However, it would be a long, bruising fight that would consume a great deal of time, energy and money, while distracting Ryan from his central mission of developing government policy as a certified policy wonk.
Ryan never did understand who elected Donald Trump and why.
Today, AP employs the latest technology to collect and distribute content - we have daily uploads covering the latest and breaking news in the world of politics, sport and entertainment. He also touts his "legacy of achievement that nobody can question". "Nonetheless, his brilliance and understanding of policies that empower people to reach their full potential led us to advance solutions that improve the lives of all Americans and their families", McMorris Rodgers continued in her statement on Ryan's announced retirement.
After 20 years in Congress, Ryan will likely turn to think tank and interest group work. He interned for Wisconsin GOP Sen. Ryan also served as legislative director for then-Kansas Rep. Sam Brownback.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) announced his retirement at the end of his current term in January. His tone was somber, and he read directly from prepared remarks.
For Vanessa Williamson, a co-author of "The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism" and fellow at the Brookings Institution, Ryan's exit is a harbinger of tough times ahead for the GOP - even beyond the upcoming elections. As a consequence of Ryan's decision, his own Wisconsin district has been reclassified from "Solid Republican" to "Leaning Republican" by the Cook Report, a non-partisan election newsletter.
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He became the GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's running mate in 2012. Unlike Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, Ryan made an effort to foster a friendship with the President. "After that, there will be several other possible Republican candidates". He says he has given the job "everything that I have". So, it is unconventional to be sure. They often become lightning rods for political partisanship. The primary is Aug. 14. But Ryan's retirement announcement turns an uphill challenge in a narrowly Republican district into a more credible Democratic target.
She added, "Despite our differences, I commend his steadfast commitment to our country".
"That's probably his greatest gift to us", said Rep. Kevin Cramer of North Dakota.