House conservatives are not all in line to pick Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan to replace House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, with the chamber's right-wing Freedom Caucus members saying they still back Florida Rep. Daniel Webster for the key spot.
Others, meanwhile, told The Hill
that Ryan's policies, combined with his lack of interest for the job, means there are more viable lawmakers to take over when outgoing House Speaker John Boehner leaves office later this month.
“Last I knew, [Ryan] definitely didn’t want to do it," Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., said. He also criticized the two-year budget agreement Ryan worked on with Washington Democratic Sen. Patty Murray in 2013, saying that lawmakers in both parties want to break up the agreement less than two years later.
House Freedom Caucus Chairman Jim Jordan once again reiterated that his group had already backed Webster, and declined to comment on Ryan for the job.
Rep. John Fleming, R-La., meanwhile, called the idea of a Ryan groundswell "media-driven," as he has "made it clear he's not interested."
Michigan GOP Rep. Justin Amash told The Hill that the Freedom Caucus still backs Webster, but Ryan is a better choice than Boehner or House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who created the tailspin in the House Thursday when he suddenly dropped out
of the Speaker's race.
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