Rep. Steve King (R-Texas) said Friday that there was a growing movement among members of the House Republicans to remove Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) from his position as House speakership.
Here's what he said
King told Breitbart News that he had talked to numbers lawmakers who were increasingly dissatisfied with Ryan's speakership.
“It’s kind of odd that he has as much power as he has,” Rep. King said on the Patriot Channel. “But I do predict, and it is happening, that that power is diminishing."
"I also have got information that there are–I’ll say ‘members’–I say that plurally, with knowledge, that are considering introducing a motion to vacate the chair," he added. "If they do that, that will throw this place into a tizzy and force the kind of election for a Speaker that may bring out someone who is a lot stronger on this.”
The most recent discontent came when Ryan propagated the details of an immigration compromise bill that many saw as conceding too many demands of the out-of-power Democrats.
“It’s not a personal thing"
“From the time that Paul Ryan announced that he would be retiring at the end of this Congress, his juice has been diminished day by day by day,” King continued. “It’s not a personal thing. It’s just a function of how things work.
"He has less power, less influence, and yet he’s still leading us into this amnesty piece," he explained, referring to the immigration compromise bill. "People are acting like he’s the Speaker of the House who will be deciding who can chair which committees, who can be seated on which committees, and whose bills move forward in the next Congress."
"But that will not be the case," King observed.
Paul Ryan reluctantly accepted the speakership after John Boehner retired in October 2015. The Republican party has been roiled during Ryan's tenure by the internecine fighting during the primary that continued into and beyond the election. Ryan announced that he would be not be seeking reelection in April.