Congress to eliminate funding for former Speakers office

Congress to eliminate funding for former Speakers office

The tradition of giving former Speakers of the House an office and staff is coming to an end following a quiet bout of one-upmanship between Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanKenosha will be a good bellwether in 2020 At indoor rally, Pence says election runs through Wisconsin Juan Williams: Breaking down the debates MORE (R-Wis.) and Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHoyer: House should vote on COVID-19 aid — with or without a bipartisan deal Ruth Bader Ginsburg lies in repose at Supreme Court McCarthy threatens motion to oust Pelosi if she moves forward with impeachment MORE (D-Calif.), a former Speaker herself.

At Ryan’s request, funding for the office was to be cut down from five years to one year in the legislative branch appropriations bill under consideration in the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday.

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Ryan is planning on retiring in January.

In response, Pelosi wrote a letter to Democrats on the House legislative branch appropriations subcommittee saying that the funding should simply be eliminated.

“It is my opinion that funding for the office of former speakers should be removed altogether,” she wrote.

Republicans saw Pelosi’s move as grandstanding, but it’s a proposal that Ryan supports, according to a GOP aide.

“This may well be a bluff, but it’s actually an idea the Speaker supports,” an aide in the House GOP leadership said.

Given their agreement, the final bill is expected to remove funding for former Speakers' offices altogether.