With signs of Trump backing, Ryan set to be speaker again

House Republicans picked the Wisconsin Republican at a closed-door meeting Tuesday

Rep. Paul Ryan, R- Wis., speaks at a news conference following a House Republican meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Rep. Paul Ryan, R- Wis., speaks at a news conference following a House Republican meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON (AP) – Republicans have re-nominated Paul Ryan to be House speaker when next year’s GOP-led Congress starts working on President-elect Donald Trump’s agenda.

House Republicans picked the Wisconsin Republican at a closed-door meeting Tuesday.

Some hard-right GOP lawmakers say Ryan has not been a sufficiently aggressive champion of conservative causes. And some ardent backers of Trump’s candidacy were unhappy that the speaker refused to campaign for Trump and clashed repeatedly with him.

But a week after Trump’s startling election, elated Republicans rallied behind Ryan.

Ryan still must win formal election when the full House picks its speaker as the new Congress convenes Jan. 3.

All Democrats are expected to oppose him that day. Ryan will need support of all but around two dozen Republicans to prevail.

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