Wisconsin lawmaker Paul Ryan unanimously won the nomination of his House Republican colleagues Tuesday to continue as Speaker of the House. Ryan must now win a floor vote in January of all 435 House members. If twenty 20 or so Republicans were to withhold their support, Ryan’s spot would be in question.
“Welcome to the dawn of a new unified Republican government,” Ryan told reporters ahead of Tuesday’s vote. But not all Republicans are buying it.
Many Republicans have recently voiced concern that although Trump’s amazing victory has helped ease party division, an uneasy feeling towards Ryan remains in place.
“I haven’t heard from him what he wants to change — what’s going to be different the next two years than the last two years?” said Rep. Raúl R. Labrador (R-Idaho), a co-founder of House Freedom Caucus. “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.”
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