Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The Republican House Freedom Caucus will not endorse Rep. Paul Ryan for speaker

Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho), the leader of the HFC, noted that about two-thirds of the conservative group backs Ryan for the Speakership, but said the group will only endorse if 80 percent of members support Ryan.We couldn’t get to a consensus,” Labrador said.
The House Freedom Caucus will not endorse Rep. Paul Ryan for speaker, but the group's leaders say a "super-majority" will support the Wisconsin Republican's candidacy should he decide to continue his bid.
Freedom Caucus rules require 80 percent of members to issue an endorsement. Ryan has said he would not seek the speakership without all of the major caucuses' endorsements.
It's not clear whether Ryan will still pursue the speakership.
"We try to reach a consensus but we were not able to reach the 80 percent threshold," said Freedom Caucus board member Raul Labrador of Idaho. "There is some consensus that it's time for us to move forward. We're trying to move forward in a positive way. It's an offer of support."

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