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 AmashThe 13 House Republicans who voted against the GOP tax plan House Judiciary advances warrantless wiretapping reform bill The Hill's Whip List: Where Republicans stand on tax-reform bill MORE (R-Mich.) on Monday suggested that House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanDem: Ex-lawmaker tried to pin me to elevator door and kiss me Two months later: Puerto Rico doesn’t have power, education or economy running again On Capitol Hill, few name names on sexual harassment 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.