Boehner, Cantor dismiss rumors of Ryan exit

Boehner, Cantor dismiss rumors of Ryan exit
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Former Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerBlue wave poses governing risks for Dems Nancy Pelosi: Will she remain the ‘Face of the Franchise’? Jordan hits campaign trail amid bid for Speaker MORE (R-Ohio) and former House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric Ivan CantorFake political signs target Democrat in Virginia Hillicon Valley: GOP leader wants Twitter CEO to testify on bias claims | Sinclair beefs up lobbying during merger fight | Facebook users experience brief outage | South Korea eyes new taxes on tech Sinclair hired GOP lobbyists after FCC cracked down on proposed Tribune merger MORE (R-Va.) are dismissing the idea that Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanDems see Kavanaugh saga as playing to their advantage How does the 25th Amendment work? Sinema, Fitzpatrick call for long-term extension of Violence Against Women Act 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 BoehnerBlue wave poses governing risks for Dems Nancy Pelosi: Will she remain the ‘Face of the Franchise’? Jordan hits campaign trail amid bid for Speaker 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 ScaliseOn The Money: Midterms to shake up House finance panel | Chamber chief says US not in trade war | Mulvaney moving CFPB unit out of DC | Conservatives frustrated over big spending bills Midterms to shake up top posts on House finance panel On The Money: Senate approves 4B spending bill | China imposes new tariffs on billion in US goods | Ross downplays new tariffs: 'Nobody's going to actually notice' 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.