Boehner: Ryan will announce decision tonight

Boehner: Ryan will announce decision tonight
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Rep. John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerIs Congress retrievable? Boehner reveals portrait done by George W. Bush Meadows to be replaced by Biggs as Freedom Caucus leader MORE (R-Ohio) says Rep. Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanAmash: Trump incorrect in claiming Congress didn't subpoena Obama officials Democrats hit Scalia over LGBTQ rights Three-way clash set to dominate Democratic debate MORE (R-Wis.) will announce a decision at a Tuesday-night House GOP conference meeting on whether he’ll run for Speaker.


Boehner said he believed Ryan would be elected as Speaker if he decides to run, but said he did not know what Ryan’s decision would be.

“I do expect that we’ll know later on this evening what his answer is,” Boehner told Fox News’s Bret Baier on “Special Report.”

Boehner also said that he believed Ryan “has the credentials” to reach out to conservatives to “bridge the gap” between the right and House Republican leadership.

Boehner's comments are contrary to those of Ryan spokesman Brendan Buck, who has told reporters not to expect a final decision from Ryan tonight.

In a message on Twitter, Buck noted a report from ABC News's Jonathan Karl that said Ryan would not announce a decision on Tuesday night.


After Boehner's comments, Buck doubled down.

Boehner also told Baier that he planned to lay out several paths for his members to raise the nation's $18.1 trillion debt ceiling. The Treasury Department has set a Nov. 3 deadline for Congress to do so.

The Speaker, who announced his plans to resign last month, expressed disappointment that the White House in the last week has walked away from talks on a plan to raise the debt ceiling and fund the government.

Getting Congress to approve a clean debt-ceiling bill would be "tough," Boehner said.

Boehner said that dealing with the debt ceiling is "a big priority" before he leaves office. He also said he expected to see legislation for the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank "on the floor early next week."

Asked if he would be clearing the Speaker plate for his successor, Boehner said, "I'd like to if I could.

"I have confidence that I'll be out of there at the end of this month," Boehner insisted.

"I've been here 25 years. It's time for me to move on," he later added.