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Ryan to Meet With House Hard-Liners as He Weighs Run for Speaker

Ryan to Meet With House Hard-Liners as He Weighs Run for Speaker
 (AP)

Tuesday, 20 October 2015 06:07 PM

Representative Paul Ryan is set to meet with a group of House conservatives Tuesday as he weighs a potential run to replace Speaker John Boehner under pressure from fellow Republicans.

The Wisconsin Republican will get together with the House Freedom Caucus, a group of almost 40 hard-liners whose opposition to Boehner drove him to announce that he would give up the speakership and leave Congress. Ryan, Boehner and all House Republicans will then meet behind closed doors later Tuesday evening to discuss plans for the coming weeks.

Ryan spokesman Brendan Buck said the lawmaker plans to meet with members of the Freedom Caucus at their request. Ryan is “always willing to talk with his colleagues,” the spokesman said.

The turmoil over leadership has left the Republican majority without a fiscal strategy two weeks before a Nov. 3 deadline to raise the federal debt limit. Lawmakers also need to replenish the federal highway fund by Oct. 29. Then they must resolve disputes over federal spending by Dec. 11 or risk a government shutdown, something Boehner couldn’t head off in 2013.

Ryan Reluctance

There was no immediate comment from Freedom Caucus leaders. The group also played a big role in the decision by Boehner’s top lieutenant, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, to drop out of consideration for speaker. Freedom Caucus members chose Representative Daniel Webster of Florida as their candidate on Oct. 7. The following day, McCarthy dropped out of the race saying the conference needed to find a candidate who could unify the party.

Buck said in an e-mailed statement that he didn’t expect Ryan to announce on Tuesday whether he will seek the speaker’s job. Ryan, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, initially said he didn’t want to run for speaker but has been urged by many fellow Republicans to reconsider.

Buck said that if Ryan is asked to speak during the Republican conference meeting, “I imagine he’d share his thoughts.”

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