This House rule change could oust Paul Ryan — and keep his successor around forever

Paul Ryan.
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Congressional rulemaking is not exactly sexy stuff, but it turns out the fate of one rule proposal could determine whether Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) holds on to his speakership.

Under current rules, any individual representative can trigger a vote to retain or oust the speaker. This power isn't really abused, because it's not difficult to calculate the likely results of such a vote and, the exit of former Speaker John Boehner aside, usually it would be an exercise in futility. Still, some members of Congress think the rule should be changed.

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