Steve Scalise Frontrunner for House Majority Leader
House Speaker Paul Ryan’s announcement that he will step down from Congress paving the way for House Majority Whip Steve Scalise to assume the Speaker’s gavel in January.
But that scenario depends on Republicans keeping their majority in the US House of Representatives this Fall.
With 38 Republican House members resigning, retiring, or seeking another office, Democrats are positioned better than ever to pick up the 25 seats they need to take control of the House and make Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaker.
Should Republicans become a minority in the House this Fall, it is unclear who would become minority leader.
Mr. Scalise, 52 anni, became nationally-known last year after he was shot and seriously wounded when a gunman opened fire on members of Congress practicing for their annual baseball game.
He made a gradual recovery and was given a prolonged ovation when President Trump mentioned him during the State of the Union address earlier this year.
Mr. Scalise is considered closer to the younger, more conservative Freedom Caucus members in the Republican Conference.
You may recall that during the last year of the Hussein Obama Presidency, Mr. Scalise was front-and-center in the fight to stop the Iran nuclear deal.
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