Poliquin Says Ryan's Decision Won't Change Priorities in Congress

Apr 11, 2018

Poliquin 2016
Credit A.J. Higgins / Maine Public

Second District Republican Congressperson Bruce Poliquin says GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan's decision not to seek reelection in November is the latest development in what he termed the nonstop news coverage of the "comings and goings" of people in various positions.

Poliquin said it really won't matter who the next speaker is.

“I wish the speaker and his family a great success as he goes forward, but it doesn't matter who the Speaker of the House is," Poliquin said. "I'm going to continue to work hard and fight for Maine's interests down here in Congress. We need to continue down a path of a stronger economy with more and better-paying jobs and make sure we keep our families safe."

First District Congressperson Chellie Pingree says Ryan's decision not to seek reelection in November highlights his struggle to work alongside the Trump administration. She encouraged the Speaker to work across the aisle and introduce a House immigration package similar to reforms passed by the U.S. Senate.