Boehner, Cantor dismiss rumors of Ryan exit

Boehner, Cantor dismiss rumors of Ryan exit
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Former Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerFive GOP lawmakers mulling bid to lead conservative caucus Ex-lawmakers see tough job market with trade groups Veterans are left out of medical marijuana protections MORE (R-Ohio) and former House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric Ivan CantorDave Brat's seat moved to 'toss-up' 4 years after upset victory over Eric Cantor The animating forces behind the Democratic Party are true, radical leftists Divided Democrats are in danger MORE (R-Va.) are dismissing the idea that Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanWhy the rush to condemn a carbon tax? House votes to go to conference on farm bill House backs resolution expressing support for ICE MORE (R-Wis.) will step down from his post.

“The idea that he’s going to walk out of there in the middle of the fight is ludicrous,” BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerFive GOP lawmakers mulling bid to lead conservative caucus Ex-lawmakers see tough job market with trade groups Veterans are left out of medical marijuana protections MORE told The Washington Post.

Cantor said the notion that Ryan would “abdicate and leave is preposterous.”

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Speculation about Ryan’s future has stepped up since a GOP lawmaker in Nevada publicly referred to rumors that he could exit the House.

“The rumor mill is Paul Ryan is getting ready to resign in the next 30 to 60 days and that Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseWhy the rush to condemn a carbon tax? House backs resolution expressing support for ICE House GOP reverses, cancels vote on Dem bill to abolish ICE MORE will be the new speaker," Nevada GOP Rep. Mark AmodeiMark Eugene AmodeiRevitalize our defense industrial base with mine permitting reform To reduce China's leverage, rebuild America's minerals supply chain GOP staves off immigration revolt — for now MORE said on “Nevada Newsmakers.”

Ryan’s office denied the comments.

“The speaker is not resigning,” Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong said in a statement Monday.

Republicans are in a fight to keep their majority this fall. Democrats need to win 24 seats to regain the majority. Given the number of GOP seats that are considered leaning toward Democrats or toss-ups, it’s possible Democrats will get there.

If Democrats do win the House, it would not be surprising for Ryan to step down. If Republicans hold on to the House, some think Ryan could still leave rather than face a potentially difficult vote for the Speakership.

Boehner faced the same problems during his Speakership, and rumors about his pending retirement trailed him until he announced he would leave the House in September 2015 — not long after a visit to Congress by Pope Francis.