On Tuesday, the House Speaker unanimously won his nomination from the House Republicans. The next step is for Paul Ryan to win a floor vote, amongst 435 House members, in January. This would allow Ryan to serve as Donald Trump’s chief legislative partner and continue as the speaker. Prior to winning the necessary vote on Tuesday, Ryan told reporters, “Welcome to the dawn of a new unified Republican government.”
There were several republicans that brought everything back down to reality. They believed that Trump’s victory did do some help easing the tension amongst the internal party that was threatening Ryan’s speakership, but they pointed out that there is tension that still remains. According to Rep. Raul R. Labrador (R-Idaho), “I haven’t heard from him (Ryan), what he wants to change. What’s going to be different the next two years than the last two years? So far, I’m not hearing anything about changing the way we do business, here in Washington. So, I’m not ready to support him yet.” Labrador is the co-founder of House Freedom Caucus.
One of Ryan’s issues is how will his style of Republican politics gel with Trump. Along with Labrador, there are other members that say they will consider voting against Ryan. Outside of Ryan, the remaining senior members of the House leadership were re-elected on Tuesday: Majority Whip Steve Scalise (La.), Policy Committee Chairman Luke Messer (Ind.), Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Wash.), and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) will keep their positions.
Being one of the 21 Republican women that will sit in the House, Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah) showed some concern. “Just recently, we realized, oh my gosh, we didn’t have enough women that were running. We have great women as part of this conference. There are amazing women, and we should have more women in leadership”, said Love.