GOOD NEWS! Trump-Basher Paul Ryan May Not Have 218 Votes for Speaker
Paul Ryan spoke out against Republican nominee Donald Trump ALL YEAR.
Ryan announced in October he was pulling his endorsement of Donald Trump.
He held a separate press conference to tell reporters he would not campaign with Donald Trump.
Paul Ryan cannot be trusted.
He is loyal to the elites and not the people.
Paul Ryan is pro-amnesty, big government, pro-TPP and anti-American worker.
Donald Trump won an historic election on Tuesday winning 306 electoral votes.
But Republican lawmakers do not respect their base.
They are voting this coming week to reinstate Paul Ryan as speaker.
But Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp says Paul Ryan may not have the votes to keep the gavel.
The chairman of the House Tea Party Caucus and one of the first men to come out against Speaker John A. Boehner told Breitbart News that he does not think Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R.-Wis.) has the votes to keep his gavel.
“I just don’t think he has the votes,” said Rep. Timothy A. Huelskamp (R.-Kansas), who lost his primary Aug. 2 and returns to private life after this session of Congress.
Huelskamp said he is concerned that the House Republican leadership is in a hurry to, first, get itself rubber-stamped inside the conference and then to proceed with an aggressive lame duck agenda.
Many House conservatives have called for the leadership elections to be moved forward from the scheduled Nov. 15 event, he said.
It is important to watch what the GOP leadership does before returning Ryan, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Majority Whip Steve Scalise, and Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers to their posts, he said.
The conference elections are by voice vote, which masks the weakness of Ryan’s support with House Republicans and could be chaotic if and when he fails to reach the required 218 votes when the new Congress meets.
“There is no doubt Ryan has the support of the majority of the conference, but we will not find out if he has enough until January,” he said.
“You got to have 218,” the congressman said. “Just because you have 215 doesn’t get you 218.
Huelskamp said he does not know who could possibly emerge as a rival to Ryan, but that also does not matter because the House rules do not require an opponent for someone to lose; all that is required is the 218 threshold.
“I was surprised over the years that when Boehner was on the ropes, no one would step forward,” the congressman said. “Paul Ryan? He wanted it and he got it.”
It was also a surprise to Huelskamp that the chairman of the House Finance Committee, Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R.-Texas), a former chairman of the House GOP Conference, never made a run for it.
“Hensarling was always the guy that I thought would do it, could do it, and would have had the votes,” he said. “Hensarling loves his job, but he knows the leadership will never let him take on Dodd-Frank.” Dodd-Frank is the financial services reform legislation, Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which also created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.