Paul Ryan wins reelection as Speaker of the House
Paul Ryan has won reelection as Speaker of the House; this of course does not come as a surprise however I think he margin of victory is a little surprising as there was only one Republican defector. Here is more:
Lawmakers reelected Paul D. Ryan as House speaker Tuesday, choosing the Wisconsin Republican with a fraught history with President-elect Donald Trump to serve as Trump’s chief legislative partner.
Ryan won the support of all but one Republican, winning with many fewer GOP defectors than when he first won the speakership in 2015. The vast majority of Democrats voted for Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who was reelected as party leader last year despite an abortive effort among some colleagues to oust her after November’s disappointing election results.
For all of the (justified) talk of a possible civil war within the Republican party the result of this vote shows us the Republican might actually being to coalesce after a brutal election cycle.
The near-unanimous vote for Ryan stands as a strong show of Republican unity as the party embarks on an ambitious legislative agenda that, for the first time in eight years, has a real chance to be signed into law.
On a side note Nancy Pelosi lost the votes of four Democrats.
The Republican party as a whole appears to be united with the exception of John McCain and Mitch McConnell and they could have a major impact on the agenda if they side with the Democrats. I am not happy with the job Paul Ryan has done thus far as Speaker of the House but we are beginning to see signs that the Republican party is starting to become unified. It is going to be interesting to see how this all plays out once Donald Trump is sworn in.
malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium