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Ryan facing growing doubts about hold on speakership

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“Speaker Ryan has said he intends to run through the tape and that has not changed,” said spokeswoman AshLee Strong. McCarthy and the White House don’t want to be seen as pushing Ryan out because the move could backfire and repel some House Republicans. The farm bill exposed that, they argue, because normally reliable Republicans opposed the bill despite Ryan personally lobbying for their support.

Meanwhile, the White House has grown frustrated with the lack of movement on Trump’s proposal to cut spending – and some blame Ryan for the slowdown.

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