Steve Scalise reiterates he won't challenge Kevin McCarthy for House speaker

Apr 15, 2018, 05:28
Steve Scalise reiterates he won't challenge Kevin McCarthy for House speaker

House Speaker Paul Ryan endorsed GOP Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy to be his successor, in an interview with NBC News' "Meet the Press" that aired Friday.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is reportedly talking about a potential bid to replace outgoing Speaker Paul Ryan.

Many pundits had speculated that Ryan might contemplate retirement after having ushered the most comprehensive tax reform legislation since the Reagan administration through Congress.

Ryan said he believes there will be a "seamless transition" from him to the next speaker. House Republicans are now expected to hold their leadership elections in November following the midterm elections. McCarthy backed out of a leadership race three years ago amid similar divisions.

Sanders said Trump and McCarthy share a "great relationship" but she declined to echo Ryan's endorsement at this time.

Ryan ascended to the speakership during a tumultuous moment for House Republicans and was seen as the only person who could get the necessary votes for the job.

"One of the reasons why I was comfortable making this decision is because we have a very capable leadership team", Ryan said. McCarthy still has to win the support of the conference and endure a months-long race for the speaker's gavel.

Ryan has announced that he's retiring from the House after this term, but plans to stay on as speaker through the November midterm election. On Friday, Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus, told reporters he'd be interested in exploring a run for Speaker.