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House Agenda in Flux as GOP Leadership Puts Pressure on Ryan to Enter Speaker Race

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) withdrew from the speaker’s race on Thursday when it became clear he would not garner the 218 votes needed when the full House voted Oct. 29. Current House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) suspended the GOP conference election amid hopes that a unifying Republican could win enough House votes when a full House vote occurs. Boehner said he would remain speaker until a successor is chosen.


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