Amash: We need 'change in direction from this speaker' or a new speaker

Amash: We need 'change in direction from this speaker' or a new speaker
© Greg Nash

Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashHouse votes to crack down on undocumented immigrants with gang ties GOP lawmaker taunts House conservatives: Trump’s base is not ‘small faction of obstructionists’ Overnight Finance: GOP plans to unveil tax framework in late September | Critical stretch for Trump tax team | Equifax CEO called to testify | Sanders unveils single-payer bill MORE (R-Mich.) on Monday suggested that House Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanRyan: Graham-Cassidy 'best, last chance' to repeal ObamaCare Ryan: Americans want to see Trump talking with Dem leaders Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea MORE (R-Wis.) may need to be replaced to deal with the dysfunction in Washington.

"We need either a change in direction from this Speaker, or we need a new speaker," Amash said during a town hall on Monday in response to a question about gridlock in Washington, according to CNN.
 
He said Ryan should be replaced with someone who is "nonpartisan."
 
The comments come after a top White House aide earlier this month sent a tweet calling for a primary challenge to Amash, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus who opposed the House GOP's healthcare bill last month. 
 
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".@realDonaldTrump is bringing auto plants & jobs back to Michigan. @justinamash is a big liability.#TrumpTrain, defeat him in primary," Dan Scavino tweeted.
 
Amash responded to the tweet, saying the Trump administration and establishment have "merged into #Trumpstablishment."
 
"Same old agenda: Attack conservatives, libertarians & independent thinkers," Amash tweeted earlier this month.
 
After Scavino posted the tweet, the White House pushed back against allegations that it violated longstanding prohibition on using an official position to influence an election.
 
Amash said during the town hall Monday that Congress is the branch of government that is closest to the people.