House Republicans nominate Paul Ryan speaker for next Congress

Paul Ryan
FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2016 file photo, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Two fresh faces in the Republican Party, Ryan and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, are offering messages of openness and diversity that could answer the GOP establishment’s increasingly desperate search for an antidote to the loud pronouncements of presidential front-runner Donald Trump. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans have re-nominated Paul Ryan to be House speaker when next year’s GOP-led Congress starts working on President-elect Donald Trump’s agenda.

House Republicans picked the Wisconsin Republican at a closed-door meeting Tuesday.

Some hard-right GOP lawmakers say Ryan has not been a sufficiently aggressive champion of conservative causes. And some ardent backers of Trump’s candidacy were unhappy that the speaker refused to campaign for Trump and clashed repeatedly with him.

But a week after Trump’s startling election, elated Republicans rallied behind Ryan.

Ryan still must win formal election when the full House picks its speaker as the new Congress convenes Jan. 3.

All Democrats are expected to oppose him that day. Ryan will need support of all but around two dozen Republicans to prevail.

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