Rep. Walden talks vacant Speaker seat, Capitol Hill

Medford, Ore. – While Congress is on break, U.S. Representative Greg Walden was in Oregon on Thursday. He stopped by the NBC5 Studios to talk about the upcoming vacancy in the House Speaker seat, following John Boehner’s resignation.

Congressman Walden is fifth in line for the G.O.P. leadership, but said that he isn’t interested in the Speaker’s seat, either in a permanent or interim capacity.

“My hope is that Paul Ryan, who is contemplating it this week, who I’ve communicated with week, will agree to step up and take on that thankless job,” Congressman Walden said.

Ryan is Chair of the Ways and Means Committee, which Congressman Walden said Ryan has wanted since he began his career in politics. Walden believes that position, as well as his family life may hold Ryan back from accepting the speaker-ship.

The Congressman expects Ryan to make a decision in the coming days, when the House reconvenes next week in Washington D.C. Speaker Boehner will hold the position until a successor is voted in.



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