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John Boehner: We Should Know If Paul Ryan Is Running For Speaker Soon

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 20/10/2015 Paige Lavender
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House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told Fox News' Bret Baier he thinks we should know by Tuesday evening if Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will jump into the race to replace him.

Despite Boehner's claims, Brendan Buck, the communications director for the House Ways and Means Committee, which Ryan chairs, said a decision would not come on Tuesday. House Republican leaders will meet Tuesday night and are expected to discuss the next speaker.

Boehner announced in September he would resign from Congress at the end of October. That seemed likely until his expected replacement, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), unexpectedly withdrew from the race for House speaker earlier this month.

With McCarthy out of the race, Republicans saw Ryan as the next obvious choice for speaker, with many urging him to enter the race for the position. Boehner has said he would support Ryan as his replacement, and House Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Tuesday he's "a Paul Ryan fan."

House Republicans returned to Washington Monday after a week-long recess and resumed the search for the next speaker.

Despite the chaotic contest to replace him, Boehner said he still expects to leave Congress by the end of the month.

"I've been here 25 years, it's time for me to move on," Boehner told Baier.

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