Nevada lawmaker: 'Rumor mill' says Ryan headed for exit

Rep. Mark AmodeiMark Eugene AmodeiMnuchin details IRS challenges with cash-only marijuana businesses On The Trail: Democrats plan to hammer Trump on Social Security, Medicare Billboards calling on House Republicans to 'do their job' follow members home for Thanksgiving MORE (R-Nev.) told a local news station that there is a “rumor” that Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanWho should be the Democratic vice presidential candidate? The Pelosi administration It's not populism that's killing America's democracy MORE (R-Wis.) will resign soon, stepping up speculation about the Speaker’s political future.

“The rumor mill is that Paul Ryan is getting ready to resign in the next 30 to 60 days and that Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseOvernight Energy: Trump reportedly opposes royalty cuts for oil, gas companies | House GOP presses Saudis to ease oil production | Exxon Mobil cuts budget amid industry slump House Republicans threaten pushback on Saudi Arabia amid oil market slump House GOP leaders back effort to boost small-business loans MORE will be the new Speaker,” Amodei told Nevada Newsmakers, referring to the Majority Whip from Louisiana.

“Now that is interesting, because no one has talked to members on how they are going to vote," he added. "Now, maybe they have talked to all of the members but me. I don’t know, so that is the rumor mill from last week."

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Ryan’s office denied that the Speaker is heading for the exit. Ryan has said he and his wife will decide in the spring about whether he will run for reelection.

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

Questions about Ryan’s political future — and who could replace him has Speaker — have been swirling all year.

Growing concern about a Democratic wave in the midterms, as well as the passage of a massive government funding package last week, have stepped up speculation that this may be Ryan's last Congress as Speaker.

Ryan also succeeded last year in shepherding tax reform through Congress, providing him with a long-sought goal.

"If I was just guessing, he wanted to do the tax bill," Amodei said, when pressed on why Ryan would decide to leave now. "You know, [former Speaker] John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerMeadows joins White House in crisis mode Meadows set to resign from Congress as he moves to White House The Pelosi administration MORE said the same thing: 'Hey, when I checked all of the boxes I thought were important and I'm moving on to whatever else.' "

Amodei, who is not a close ally of Ryan's, emphasized that he was just repeating a rumor. But the on-the-record comments from a Republican lawmaker — and the suggestion that Ryan could resign before the midterms — made waves on Monday, briefly crashing the Nevada Newsmakers website.

Scalise, whose star has risen since he survived a shooting at a GOP baseball practice year, and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthySenators, bipartisan state officials press Congress for more election funds Pelosi defends push for mail-in voting: GOP 'afraid' to let people vote McCarthy slams Democrats on funding for mail-in balloting MORE (R-Calif.) are both seen as possible contenders to replace Ryan as Speaker if he doesn’t stick around.

But Scalise's office pushed back against the rumor that he is eyeing the Speaker's gavel, saying Scalise is focused on his job in Congress and keeping the majority.

"Whip Scalise is proud to serve alongside Speaker Ryan and fully supports him to remain Speaker," said Lauren Fine, Scalise's spokeswoman. "Our whole leadership team is focused on working with President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders says he wouldn't 'drop dead' if Trump decided on universal healthcare Overnight Health Care: Trump officials lay groundwork for May reopening | Democrats ramp up talks with Mnuchin on next relief deal | Fauci says death toll could be around 60,000 Hillicon Valley: State officials push for more election funds | Coronavirus surveillance concerns ramp up pressure for privacy bill | Senators warned not to use Zoom | Agencies ask FCC to revoke China Telecom's license MORE to deliver more conservative wins for the country, and also ensuring we keep the majority so we can continue implementing President Trump's agenda that is getting our economy back on track."