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Paul Ryan

Speaker Ryan Surveys Hurricane Damage in Florida, Vows Full Commitment to Rebuilding

2017/09/20

MIAMI—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) has completed an all-day tour of areas in Florida hardest hit by Hurricane Irma, including downtown Jacksonville and the Keys. Together with a bipartisan delegation, Ryan expressed his commitment to make sure communities have the federal resources they need to rebuild in the aftermath of the storm. “There is clearly a long way to go, but we have seen an incredible recovery effort so far thanks to the heroism of first responders and the resilience of Floridians,” Speaker Ryan said after completing his visit to the state. “I want to thank the members of our delegation for urging me to come down and see the devastation from Irma firsthand. It is the kind of catastrophic damage that will affect lives, neighborhoods, and even whole industries for some time. We will work together to make sure that the necessary federal resources are in place for the rebuilding. We will be there every step of the way.” At each stop in the state, he was joined by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ), and Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee Chairman John Carter (R-TX), Admiral Charles Michel, Vice Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, and Bryan Koon, director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management. Jacksonville In Jacksonville, Speaker Ryan and House members from North Florida visited the Duval County Emergency Operations Center, where they received a briefing on recovery efforts from FEMA, Coast Guard, and city officials.  Afterward, the delegation toured areas along St. John’s River that saw record flooding during the storm, including Memorial Park and the San Marco neighborhood. The Speaker’s delegation in North Florida included Reps. Val Demings (D-FL), Ron DeSantis (R-FL), Neal Dunn (R-FL), Al Lawson (D-FL), Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), John Rutherford (R-FL), Darren Soto (D-FL), and Ted Yoho (R-FL). Miami and the Keys Aboard his flight to Coast Guard Air Station Miami in Opa Locka, Speaker Ryan received an operational briefing from Rear Admiral Peter Brown, Coast Guard District Seven Commander. Ryan was then joined by a delegation of House members from South Florida for a flyover to survey the devastation in the Keys. Upon return to the air station, the delegation toured the facility and met with search-and-rescue crews that were part of the response to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. During the response to Harvey alone, Coast Guard men and women rescued more than 11,000 people. The Speaker’s delegation in South Florida included Reps. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Alcee Hastings (D-FL), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), and Frederica Wilson (D-FL).

So thankful for America's first responders, including those in Jacksonville, FL who are working round the clock on #HurricaneIrma recovery. pic.twitter.com/sUt6uu81Zz

— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) September 20, 2017

Flying above Miami & the Keys to assess #HurricaneIrma recovery progress. The @USCG has been doing incredible work as FL begins to rebuild. pic.twitter.com/EbzwR37luc

— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) September 20, 2017
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TOMORROW: Speaker Ryan, Congressional Delegation to Tour Hurricane Harvey Damage in Houston

2017/09/20

(Courtesy of Sen. John Cornyn's office)

HOUSTON—U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ), House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman John Carter (R-TX), and members of the Houston Congressional delegation will be in Houston tomorrow for a briefing on Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts, an aerial tour of storm devastation and flood mitigation infrastructure, and to help local residents clean out damaged homes.

Sens. Cornyn and Cruz, Speaker Ryan, and the Congressional delegation will first receive a briefing from federal, state, and local officials including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Texas National Guard, Harris County Flood Control District and others on Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts in Houston.  The delegation will then participate in an aerial tour highlighting existing and proposed USACE projects to mitigate future flooding in the region.   

Following the briefing and tour, the delegation will visit with Team Rubicon, a non-profit organization that pairs military veterans with first responders to deploy emergency response teams, to help clean out storm-damaged homes in the Friendswood neighborhood.

Sens. Cornyn and Cruz, Speaker Ryan, and Chairman Frelinghuysen, and the congressional delegation will then hold a joint press conference.

WHO:                   

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)                               House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11), Chairman, House Appropriations Committee Representative John Carter (TX-31), Chairman, House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee Representative Michael McCaul (TX-36), Chairman, House Homeland Security Committee Representative Kevin Brady (TX-08), Chairman, House Ways and Means Committee Representative John Culberson (TX-07) Representative Ted Poe (TX-02) Representative Blake Farenthold (TX-27) Representative Sheila Jackson-Lee (TX-18) Representative Gene Green (TX-29) Representative Pete Olson (TX-22)                                           

WHEN:                Thursday, September 21, 2017 8:50 a.m. CT – Briefing on recovery efforts at Coast Guard Air Station Houston (b-roll opportunity) 11:00 a.m. CT – Members join Team Rubicon in Friendswood 11:30 a.m. CT – Press conference in Friendswood

Please RSVP to Libby Hambleton at libby_hambleton@cornyn.senate.gov by 6pmCT Wednesday to receive location details.

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TODAY: Speaker Ryan to Take Part in Hurricane Response Press Briefing in Miami

2017/09/20

(Courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard)

WHO: House Speaker Paul Ryan, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, Congressman Carlos Curbelo, Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Charles Michel and Coast Guard Seventh District Commander Rear Admiral Peter Brown .

WHAT:  Ongoing Hurricane response operations press briefing.

WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, at 4 p.m.

WHERE: Coast Guard Air Station Miami at 14750 NW 44th Ct, Opa-locka, FL 33054.

Editor's Note: Media are asked to be at Coast Guard Air Station Miami no later than 3:30 p.m. Late arrivals will not be granted access. Media must RSVP by 2:30 p.m. with Coast Guard District Public Affairs at 786-367-7649 and must bring media credentials to gain access to the event. 

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Speaker Ryan at Harley-Davidson: ‘Full throttle on tax reform’

2017/09/19

On Monday, Speaker Ryan visited the Harley-Davidson factory in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin to meet with workers and company leaders about the challenges they face with respect to the tax code. In case you missed it, here are some of the latest clips from the event:

Journal Sentinel: ‘Speaker Paul Ryan talks taxes at Harley-Davidson’

Associated Press: ‘Paul Ryan discusses tax reform with Harley-Davidson leaders’

Washington Examiner: ‘Paul Ryan: Tax reform is needed to make American economy healthier’

After touring the facility, the speaker delivered brief remarks about how tax reform will increase our economic competitiveness and allow hardworking Americans to keep more of their paychecks.

Tax reform will stop punishing companies for making things in America and sending them overseas. That is why we need to get this done. pic.twitter.com/X4iz9xJtSn

— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) September 18, 2017

"We are taxing American manufacturers, American businesses, and American jobs at a much, much, much higher tax rate than what our foreign competitors are taxing theirs, and as a result American businesses and American jobs are being put at a big competitive disadvantage. Tax reform can fix that. Tax reform can stop punishing companies for making things in America and selling them overseas.”

To learn more, visit speaker.gov and check out the links below:

A Much-Needed Update (9/18/17)

Massive Conservative Coalition Rallies for Tax Reform (9/15/17)

Speaker Ryan Talks Next Steps on Tax Reform with AP (9/13/17)

Americans Deserve a Tax Break (9/12/17)

Made in America (9/12/17)

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Watch Live: Speaker Ryan Visits Harley-Davidson in Wisconsin

2017/09/18

Later today, Speaker Ryan will be in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin to tour Harley-Davidson’s facility and discuss issues impacting American manufacturing, including tax reform and free trade. Speaker Ryan will tour the facility—a 912,000 square-foot space where Harley-Davidson engines and transmissions are produced—participate in a roundtable discussion with company leadership, and take questions from the media.

You can tune-in live at 6:15 p.m. ET / 5:15 p.m. CT at speaker.gov/live.

The visit to Harley-Davidson comes amid a unified effort by House, Senate, and White House leaders to move forward with a plan to reform our broken tax code. To learn more, watch highlights from Speaker Ryan’s recent interviews with the APFox News, and the New York Times, and check out the links below:

A Much-Needed Update (9/18/17)

Massive Conservative Coalition Rallies for Tax Reform (9/15/17)

Speaker Ryan Talks Next Steps on Tax Reform with AP (9/13/17)

Americans Deserve a Tax Break (9/12/17)

Made in America (9/12/17)

Another Busy Week for Tax Reform (9/8/17)

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A Much-Needed Update

2017/09/18

1986: The year Speaker Ryan got his driver’s license and the last time the Chicago Bears won the Super Bowl (SAD!). It’s also the year we last reformed our country’s tax code. And just like the rotary phone of the 80s, the American tax code is seriously outdated. As a result, we have a tax system that’s hurting American families and businesses, costing us jobs. These eight things have received a much-needed update, and it's time our tax code gets one, too.

1.     Phones

2.     Athletic Clothes

3.     Music

4.     Cars

5.     Cameras

6.     Living Room Décor

7.     Computers

8.     Televisions

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Constitution Day

2017/09/17

The United States is the oldest democracy in the world, and its endurance is a testament to our Constitution. It has endured the test of time, and if we want to continue to be a free society, we must rededicate ourselves to the principles it protects—individual liberty, personal freedom, and self-government.

On this day, 230 years ago, America's founders signed the Constitution and forever changed the course of history. Guided by that same document, we can make this century—the 21st Century—another great chapter in the story of America.  

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Speaker Ryan to Tour Harley-Davidson Facility in Wisconsin

2017/09/15

WASHINGTON—On Monday, September 18, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) will be in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, to tour Harley-Davidson’s facility and discuss issues impacting American manufacturing, including tax reform and free trade. Speaker Ryan will tour the facility—a 912,000 square-foot space where Harley-Davidson engines and transmissions are produced—participate in a roundtable with Harley-Davidson leadership, and hold a press conference.

Credentialed members of the media are invited to cover a stop along the factory tour, the top of the roundtable, and the speaker’s press conference.

DETAILS: Speaker Ryan to Tour Wisconsin Harley-Davidson Facility Monday, September 18, at 4:00 p.m. CT W156 N9000 Pilgrim Rd., Menomonee Falls, WI 53051 Media should use the East Entrance for check-in.

4:00 p.m. CT PHOTO SPRAY/B-ROLL of Harley-Davidson Facility Tour, Roundtable Members of the media are invited for a spray during Speaker Ryan’s facility tour and the roundtable. These opportunities will be limited to portable, off-the-shoulder cuts cameras only—no tripods.

5:20 p.m. CT Q&A: Speaker Ryan to Take Questions on Tax Reform Following the tour and roundtable, members of the media are invited to participate in a brief Q&A with the speaker.

Due to space limitations, RSVPs will be accepted until at capacity. Media must RSVP to Molly Edwards at molly.edwards@mail.house.gov by 7:00 p.m. CT/8:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 17. Confirmed attendees will receive a follow-up email with outstanding logistical information.

Doors open for media at 2:30 p.m. CT. All media—with and without equipment—must arrive by 3:00 p.m. CT for the security sweep. Members of the media must show valid press credentials onsite to gain entry.

NOTE: Fully enclosed closed-toed shoes are required. Heels are not permitted.

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Massive Conservative Coalition Rallies for Tax Reform

2017/09/15

Nearly 90 conservative organizations and leaders are urging Congress to pass historic, pro-growth tax reform. In a letter to House, Senate, and White House leaders, the coalition makes the case for replacing our broken tax code with a system that is more simple, competitive and affordable:

“After many years of inaction, Congress and the administration have a chance to fix our broken tax system this year by making it fairer, simpler, and less burdensome. . . . We applaud the work that each of you have already taken to ensure tax reform is enacted in 2017 and stand ready to continue working with you in the second half of the year.”

View the full letter here or below, and learn more about the Republican push for tax reform at speaker.gov.

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The Man From Russell

2017/09/15

Last week, Congress voted to award Robert J. Dole, former U.S. Senator from Kansas, with the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition for his service to the nation as a soldier, legislator, and statesman. This is the highest and most distinguished civilian honor given by the Congress.  

Bob Dole is an American hero. He has spent his life serving our country, first in the United States Army, and later eight years in the House and 27 years in the Senate representing the people of Kansas. While in Congress, Sen. Dole was known for reaching across the aisle to solve problems, and it is fitting that this honor was bestowed though a unanimous bipartisan vote. This bill, which the Speaker signed joined by House members from Kansas, is now off to the president’s desk for his signature. Once it is signed, Sen. Dole will join an elite group of men and women who have earned this honor and made an indelible mark on our history.

 

 

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Speaker Ryan Touts On-Time Funding Bills

2017/09/14

Summary: Today, Speaker Ryan was joined by House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) and members of the committee to discuss the House’s passage of the 12 funding bills designed to advance conservative priorities.

Opening Statement:

You know what? This is a big day. This is a big day in the House of Representatives. “Today, the people’s House passed all 12 funding bills on time. Let me just say that again. The reason you see these men and women up here is we passed all 12 of our appropriations bills on time. This is the first time the House has done that since 2009.

“We have done our job for the people, but more importantly, we did our job the right way. We did it through regular order. We moved these bills through subcommittee. We moved these bills through full committee. We had an enormous amendment process on the floor. And we achieved conservative victories for the president’s agenda and for our agenda. “We raised the pay of the servicemen and women. We strengthened our border protections. We defunded Planned Parenthood. And we used our majority to get this done. “We set out to see if we could get all 12 bills through the House taking a conservative approach, and we succeeded. 

“Of course we still have a lot of work to do, and we need the Senate to work with us to get these bills on the president’s desk. But this is a proud day for our majority, because this is what the people sent us here to do. 

“I want to thank Chairman Frelinghuysen and I want to thank all of our subcommittee chairs here. These men and women have done a tremendous job getting the work done of the people’s business, making the House work the way it was intended to work. “Getting our bills done, doing it on time. It’s been a long time in coming, and I’m just so proud for these men and women for all the hard work that they have done, and for the great victories that this majority has been able to produce by passing all 12 bills ahead of schedule.”

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Gold Medal Ceremony: Congress to Honor Filipino Veterans of World War II

2017/09/14

WASHINGTON—On Wednesday, October 25, leaders of the U.S. House and Senate will present a Congressional Gold Medal in honor of Filipino veterans of World War II for their service and sacrifice during the war.

From July 1941 to December 1946, 260,000 Filipino and Filipino-American soldiers served and fought for the United States and the Philippines to topple Axis powers during World War II. In July of 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt called all organized military forces of the Philippines into the service of the United States. Their bravery, heroism, and dedication played an integral part in leading Allied powers to victory over Nazi and fascist forces.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will take part in the bipartisan, bicameral ceremony.

The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian honor the United States can bestow. In accordance with Public Law No: 114-265, a single gold medal has been struck to honor the Filipino veterans of World War II in recognition of their dedicated service during the war.

The ceremony will take place on October 25 at 11:00 a.m. in Emancipation Hall and will be live-streamed on speaker.gov/live. For more on the history of the Congressional Gold Medal, check out this behind-the-scenes video.

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Congress to Combat Brutal Gang Violence

2017/09/14

Breaking news → the House just voted to make membership in a criminal street gang, like #MS13, a deportable offense.

— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) September 14, 2017
 

In April, three students and a visiting cousin were macheted to death in the woods of suburban Long Island. What were they guilty of? What caused someone to murder them in such an inhumane way?

These kids all actively avoided gangs. That was their crime to MS-13, a violent gang, which originated in California but has spread dramatically to states across the country, from Texas to Virginia to New York.

MS-13 murders and commits violent crimes against people they believe have disrespected them, people they suspect of cooperating with the police, or those who simply rub them the wrong way. They trap children into prostitution. Many of their leaders are based in Central America and are remotely directing gangs in the United States. At least 17 murders on Long Island alone have been attributed to MS-13.

Our children aren’t safe and this needs to change.

Following the April murders, Attorney General Jeff Sessions traveled to Long Island and vowed to crack down on MS-13. President Trump visited in June and said the government would dismantle, decimate, and eradicate MS-13 and other gangs. Law enforcement has done a fantastic job going after these gangs and locking members up. But they need more tools.

This week, Congress is joining the president in the fight to protect our young people with the introduction of H.R. 3697, the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act. Under current law, membership in a criminal street gang does not make an immigrant inadmissible or deportable.

Introduced by Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA), this bill changes that and makes membership in a criminal street gang a deportable offense. This includes felony drug offenses, crimes of violence, and various offenses involving trafficking, identify theft, slavery, and intimidation. Read more about the legislation here.

We will not cower in the face of this brutal violence. We will work with the Trump administration to fight back and protect American youth. It’s time to stand up for our children and end violence in our neighborhoods, once and for all. 

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Statement on the Passing of Sen. Pete Domenici

2017/09/13

WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) today issued the following statement on the passing of former Senate Budget Committee Chairman Pete Domenici (R-NM):

“My first job on Capitol Hill was in the Senate, back when Pete Domenici was Budget Chairman. He was this larger-than-life figure who clearly relished the chance to serve and get things done. I learned so much from him, not just on budget issues but also how to be truly committed to your craft. He remains a great inspiration to me. The whole House is thinking of Senator Domenici’s family today.”

 

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Speaker Ryan Talks Next Steps on Tax Reform with AP

2017/09/13

This morning, Speaker Ryan joined AP’s Newsmaker interview series with Washington Bureau Chief Julie Pace to make the case for historic tax reform.

Watch the full interview here, and check out a couple key moments below:

A 1986 Tax System in the 21st Century

The problem is we have a 1986 tax system in the 21st century. We need to overhaul the system to make US businesses globally competitive. pic.twitter.com/lSGY9nyVOy

— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) September 13, 2017

We Need a Made in America Tax Code

American companies are becoming foreign companies because of our tax code. We need a Made in America tax system to get our economy growing. pic.twitter.com/GAhfbavsMr

— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) September 13, 2017

To learn more, visit speaker.gov or check out the links below:

Americans Deserve a Tax Break (9/12/17)

Made in America (9/12/17)

Another Busy Week for Tax Reform (9/8/17)

Tax Reform for the First Time Since 1986 (9/8/17)

"Lower people’s tax rates and simplify the system" (9/8/17)

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Speaker Ryan Talks Hurricane Relief, Appropriations Bills during Leadership Presser

2017/09/13

Summary: Today at a press conference with Republican leaders, Speaker Ryan discussed the 12 Appropriations bills the House will vote on this week—a package full of conservative wins.

He also discussed the House’s ongoing efforts to provide relief to those suffering due to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Natural Disaster Relief

“First, I want to also talk about Hurricane Irma. Our hearts go out to the people who have lost family members. People are in the midst of responding right now. A lot of people haven’t even gotten back to their homes to see what the status is. So, there are millions of people who are still without power, and there are millions of people who are still finding out what’s happening in their communities. 

“If the anniversary of 9/11 and the human response to Hurricane Harvey have reminded us of anything, it is that—no matter the tragedy—our country’s a resilient country. Americans are resilient. Americans pitch in and help each other. And so I think what we’re witnessing, just this week, whether it’s Harvey, or Irma, or the anniversary of 9/11, is that we pitch in together and help one another. And that is on display in Texas, in Georgia, in Florida, and all across this country. And I think it’s just important that we take a little pause and see and recognize that, so that we can nurture, preserve, and extend that, and teach it to our kids. We’re compassionate people, and we rise up to help each other.

“Now, we’re going to continue to support Florida, Texas, and other states affected by these natural disasters. And obviously, we’ve got a ways to go to understand the full extent of this and we’re waiting to hear from OMB as to what needs will be needed as time goes on. 12 Appropriations Bills

“This week—I want to echo what the majority leader said—this week, the House is going to vote on all of the Appropriations bills. This week the House is going to vote on all of the Appropriations bills before the fiscal year deadline. To people who don’t pay attention to this process, that sounds like a normal, no big deal thing. It hadn’t been done in a long time. So the House of Representatives is doing its work. The House of Representatives is doing its job. And the House of Representatives is bringing all of its appropriations bills on budget, on time. And that is a historic achievement. And I want to thank the Appropriations Committee for doing this, for [getting] that done.

“We are fully funding the president’s request to build a wall along our southern border. We’re beefing up our enforcement against illegal immigration. It’s a huge victory for so many different conservative priorities. The legislation includes strong protections for life. It rolls back regulations and eliminates dozens of government programs that are outdated and dysfunctional. This bill secures our national defense, it protects our citizens here at home. It gives our servicemembers a much-[deserved] and much-earned pay raise. “When I became speaker, I made a commitment to regular order, to working with both sides of the aisle, to spend taxpayer dollars the right way, and to go through regular order—and that’s exactly what we are doing. Each one of these bills went through subcommittee, went through full committee, is now on the floor, and went through hundreds of amendments. I want to thank Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen and his entire committee for their fantastic work on this. “Next up, we need the Senate and the Senate Democrats to work with us to get these Appropriations bills passed and put them on the president’s desk.” 

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Watch Speaker Ryan Make the Case for Tax Reform at AP

2017/09/13

Today, Speaker Ryan will participate in the AP’s Newsmaker interview series with Washington Bureau Chief Julie Pace to make the case for historic tax reform. In particular, the speaker will argue that cutting taxes and simplifying the code will create jobs, raise wages, and grow our economy.

Watch the discussion live via Facebook Live or on speaker.gov/live at 10:45 a.m. ET.

This event follows yet another busy week for tax reform, during which Speaker Ryan joined the New York Times and Fox News to discuss the benefits of a more simple, fair, and competitive tax code, and House, Senate, and White House leaders continued to discuss the path forward on tax reform. And later today, the Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee will hold a hearing focused on making the IRS a more customer service-friendly agency.

Bonus Video: A new tax code means a Made in America tax code. Check out our new video from Speaker Ryan’s recent visits to factories that hire and manufacturer products right here in the United States.

To learn more, visit speaker.gov or check out the links below:

Another Busy Week for Tax Reform (9/8/17)

Tax Reform for the First Time Since 1986(9/8/17)

"Lower people’s tax rates and simplify the system" (9/8/17)

“We want America to wake up on New Year’s Day 2018 with a new tax system” (9/7/17)

Tax Reform Will Create American Jobs (9/6/17)

 

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Americans Deserve a Tax Break

2017/09/12

Reducing the number tax brackets from 7 to 3 not only gives middle class taxpayers a break, but it makes things more fair. pic.twitter.com/dBUnSlXZAv

— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) September 7, 2017

Speaker Ryan recently participated in The New York Times’ TimesTalks series with Deputy Washington Editor Jonathan Weisman to make the case for historic tax reform—the first of its kind since 1986. The speaker argued that America should wake up on New Year’s Day 2018 with a more simpleaffordable, and competitive tax code that will create American jobs and grow our economy:

“We propose a progressive system and a progressive rate structure. We just think we shouldn’t have seven brackets. That makes it so much more complicated. So we think we should streamline and simplify. And by streamlining and simplifying, going from seven brackets to three, not only do middle-income taxpayers get a break, not only do low-income taxpayers get a break, but you dramatically simplify the code for them so that about 96 percent of Americans will be able to file their taxes on a postcard, so they don’t have to pay for all this expensive tax preparation. Because if you effectively double the standard deduction, keep important things—nuns would agree with this—donating to charities and churches, you know, mortgages, things that middle-income families really rely on and participate in, with that increased standard deduction you dramatically simplify the code. And it’s fairer that way. So that a person with the same kind of income pays the kind of tax, and that’s really not the way it works today.” 

To learn more, visit speaker.gov and check out the links below:

Tax Reform Will Create American Jobs (9/6/17)

Conservative Groups Urge Congress to Pass Pro-Growth Tax Reform (9/6/17)

Speaker Ryan Statement on Tax Reform (8/30/17)

Headlines & Highlights from Speaker Ryan’s Cross-Country Tax Reform Push (8/30/17)

 

We can stick the landing on tax reform (8/24/17)

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11 Conservative Wins in the Funding Bill

2017/09/12

This week, the House will consider the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act, the government funding package for FY2018. This is big deal: It’s the first time in nearly a decade that the House has passed all 12 appropriation bills on time.

In this legislation, the House has achieved many conservative victories and top priorities for the Trump administration. Here are some of the top wins:

1.      It cracks down on illegal immigration and fully funds the Trump administration’s request for a wall along the southern border.

2.      It rolls back job-killing regulations, like the fiduciary rule, the Waters of the U.S. rule, and Dodd-Frank regulations.

3.      It gives our troops a much-deserved pay raise.

4.      It protects the sanctity of life here at home by defunding Planned Parenthood and enforcing the Mexico City Policy. It prohibits the federal government from discriminating against Americans who object to participating in abortion.

5.      It protects the safety of our citizens by providing for $789.7 billion in national security priorities, including defense, nuclear weapons safety and reliability, and veterans’ affairs.

6.      It ends dozens of underachieving government programs across multiple agencies and reduces funding for hundreds of others that need improvement.

7.      It cuts funding for the EPA by $534 million below FY17 levels.

8.      It supports the exploration of space by funding NASA and NASA Science programs.

9.      It fights against forest fires by fully funding treatment, prevention, and emergency services.

10.   It prevents any funds to be used to further implement Obamacare rules.

11.   It reforms the IRS and holds its funding to below FY08 levels.

Related:

Nine Things to Know about the Security ‘Minibus’

Conservative wins in the funding bill:✔ Raises pay for troops✔ Cracks down on illegal immigration✔ #DefundPPhttps://t.co/sIeekjM1HD

— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) September 12, 2017
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Made in America

2017/09/12

America has the best workers in the world. I am certain of it because I get to meet with a lot of them and see their talent and skills firsthand. In the last month or so, I've visited factory after factory where they are proud to label many of their products "Made in America." These companies create tens of thousands of jobs by making things right here in the United States, but more and more, it seems like that is the exception, not the rule.

As I listened to hardworking folks on shop floors from Boston to Seattle, here's what I heard over and over again: American taxpayers deserve a break.

I agree.

Our outdated tax code is too complicated and puts American workers at a disadvantage. It's time to level the playing field, simplify the code, and cut taxes so that we can have more American success stories like what I saw at BoeingIntel, and New Balance. 2017 is the year to get it done.

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9/11/01

2017/09/11

9/11 is a sacred day. A day for the innocents we lost. A day for the heroes we gained. They saved lives. And, in a larger sense, they saved us all.  The years pass, but the shock does not. It never will. We will never forget.  God bless America.

 

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Another Busy Week for Tax Reform

2017/09/08

Tax reform is coming, and we are taking the case directly to the American people. Here's what happened during another busy week:

At the Newseum: Speaker Ryan joined New York Times Deputy Washington Editor Jonathan Weisman for a conversation on tax reform for the inaugural TimesTalks DC event.

On the Floor: The House passed the Clyde-Hirsch-Sowers-RESPECT Act, bipartisan legislation to stop the wrongful IRS practice of seizing Americans’ assets without due process.

In Bismarck, ND: President Trump made the case for giving the American people a well-deserved and long-overdue tax cut.

On Fox News: Speaker Ryan sat down for a wide-ranging interview with Martha MacCallum on the need for a more simpleaffordable, and competitive tax code.

In Washington, DC: House, Senate, and White House leaders met twice this week to discuss the path forward on getting pro-growth reforms done in 2017.

To learn more, visit speaker.gov or check out the links below:

“We want America to wake up on New Year’s Day 2018 with a new tax system” (9/7/17)

Tax Reform Will Create American Jobs (9/6/17)

Conservative Groups Urge Congress to Pass Pro-Growth Tax Reform (9/6/17)

Speaker Ryan Statement on Tax Reform (8/30/17)

Headlines & Highlights from Speaker Ryan’s Cross-Country Tax Reform Push (8/30/17)

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Speaker Ryan Signs Harvey Aid Legislation

2017/09/08

Today, Speaker Ryan signed bipartisan legislation that will send much-needed aid to the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and parts of Louisiana. He was joined by Republicans and Democrats from those states.

As Speaker Ryan said earlier this week, “Nothing can really capture just how big and wide this devastation is. You hear a lot of numbers. Tens of thousands of people in shelters. Hundreds of thousands of homes damaged.”

When fellow Americans are in need, we must help. That’s why it was so important for Congress to act—and act quickly—to deliver relief. Now this relief package goes to President Trump’s desk.

Our thoughts and prayers remain with the people of Florida as Hurricane Irma moves through the region. 

 

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Tax Reform for the First Time Since 1986

2017/09/08

Our businesses can't compete on a global stage because of our tax code. The House, Senate & administration are working hard to change that. pic.twitter.com/4yJGaWXTvv

— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) September 7, 2017

Yesterday, Speaker Ryan participated in The New York Times’ TimesTalks series with Deputy Washington Editor Jonathan Weisman to make the case for historic tax reform. The speaker argued that America should wake up on New Year’s Day 2018 with a more simpleaffordable, and competitive tax code that will create American jobs and grow our economy:

“This hasn’t been done since ’86, but they’ve been spending the entire year working on this. And we came to consensus between the House, the Senate, and the White House in the middle of the summer on how basically to do this. . . . We believe because our tax code is so bad right now—it’s literally basically dead last in the industrialized world with respect to competitiveness—there is so much room for improvement to get our country and our tax code from the back of the pack in the industrialized world to the front of the pack in the industrialized world. And that’s basically our goal.”

To learn more, visit speaker.gov and check out the links below:

Tax Reform Will Create American Jobs (9/6/17)

Conservative Groups Urge Congress to Pass Pro-Growth Tax Reform (9/6/17)

Speaker Ryan Statement on Tax Reform (8/30/17)

Headlines & Highlights from Speaker Ryan’s Cross-Country Tax Reform Push (8/30/17)

We can stick the landing on tax reform (8/24/17)

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‘Lower people’s tax rates and simplify the system’

2017/09/08

Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com

Yesterday, Speaker Ryan spoke with the New York Times and Fox News about the need for historic tax reform. Watch his interview with Fox News’ The Story with Martha MacCallum here and check out the excerpts below.

Give middle income families a tax cut”

“What we want to do is for families, dramatically simplify the tax code. Give middle income families a tax cut. But simplify the tax code so much that people can fill out their taxes on a postcard. Clean up the IRS. And then when it comes to businesses, we have to get tax rates on businesses down. Why? Because we are taxing American businesses at much, much higher rates than our foreign competitors are taxing theirs. And as a result, we're losing jobs, we're losing businesses. The tax code rewards companies to make things overseas, not make things in America. And if you sell a product overseas and make money overseas, you can't bring money back, because of our tax system.”

“We've got to get this thing right”

“This has not been done, this being real comprehensive tax reform, since 1986. That was a different global economy then than we have now. And as a result, we now, as Americans, have the worst tax system in the industrialized world. So we've got to get this thing right. It is drain the swamp. It's get rid of the special interest carve outs so we can lower people's tax rates and simplify the system.”

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Speaker Ryan Pledges Next Steps on Evidence-Based Policymaking

2017/09/07

WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) today pledged to take next steps in a bipartisan effort to improve the way the federal government uses data to solve problems and improve people’s lives. He spoke alongside Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) at an event marking the release of a new report by the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking. Ryan and Murray co-authored the legislation that established the commission. In its report, the panel lays out a series of recommendations for improving confidential data access, modernizing privacy protections, and strengthening federal evidence-building capacity. 

Speaker Ryan has touted evidence-based policymaking as part of a better approach to fighting poverty that focuses on outcomes, and emphasizes programs with a track record of success. Visit Speaker.gov for a full breakdown of the report’s key findings.

Following are Speaker Ryan’s remarks at this afternoon’s event:

“First, I want to thank all the members of the commission. This is a phenomenal piece of work. We asked them to do a lot of work in a fairly short period of time, and they did an outstanding job.

“I am thrilled today to be here as part of releasing this report. This is impressive and important work. This report will help fulfill the desire that the American people have for an efficient and effective Federal government. This report sets forth a vision in which rigorous evidence is used to inform and shape public policy at all levels, from Congress to our executive agencies.

“And, we can gain greater use of existing data while strengthening privacy and legal protections for citizens, and providing them with the greater transparency on how the data the Federal government collects is actually used.

“Now, I admit, you don’t often see the two of us standing up here together. It’s about every two or three years that we do something. I think it’s high time we just agree where we agree, and go and agree. That’s something we’re trying to do a bit more of these days.

“Why did we think this was important? Why did we set aside our partisan differences that so often prevail around here?

“It is because, if you were born poor 50 years ago, you are just as likely to stay poor as you were then. We have made some progress – but not nearly enough. It is because taxpayers deserve to know that their money is being spent wisely. And it is because we need to make sure that we actually results and not just effort.

“The Commission has provided us with a set of specific recommendations that will help us develop the tools to know what is working and what is not working. It sounds so simple, but it is just not what we’ve been doing for a long time.

“So we now have the expertise, the idea for legal protections, and the technology. I am very proud to work with you, Patty. I am very proud to work with the commission, and all the work that you’ve done.

“So I am proud to say that I will continue to work with Senator Murray on this. We will now be working with our colleagues in the House and Senate on legislation to do this—to improve access to data, improve privacy, and help expand our capacity to improve programs.

“That is what this is all about: it’s about changing our approach so we can actually change the status quo, and improve people’s lives.” 

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RECAP: Speaker Ryan Talks Disaster Relief, Tax Reform, Evidence-Based Policymaking during Weekly Presser

2017/09/07

Summary: Today at his weekly press conference, Speaker Ryan touched on three different topics: Hurricanes Harvey and Irma relief, the latest on tax reform, and the new report from the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking—something he’ll speak more about later today.

Opening Statement:

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

“Yesterday, I spoke with Governor Abbott of Texas to discuss the recovery efforts following Hurricane Harvey. I relayed how inspired that we all are by the people of his state—it really is something to see. And I expressed our commitment to quickly provide resources to the region.

“In addition, I spoke with our delegates from Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands about the devastation that is occurring right now with Hurricane Irma.

“And this morning, I spoke with President Trump about the urgency of our relief efforts. It’s a good thing, but with new technology, FEMA is moving money faster than ever before. And so that is why there’s a sense of urgency to get this relief package done.

“Right now, we are just thinking about everybody in Irma’s path—this hurricane, 185 mph. So, our thoughts and our prayers are with the people who are in the path of this current hurricane.”

An Update on Tax Reform

“This morning, we had another productive—that’s why I was a little late—we had another productive meeting between the House, the Senate, and the White House on tax reform. Our tax writing committees are in the midst of working on the details. This is our number one priority this fall.

“As you may have heard me say earlier, we want Americans to begin the new year with a new tax system. It is high time. We haven’t done this since 1986, and the rest of the world has passed our country, and it’s time to get back in the game of being competitive. And we will get faster economic growth when we do this.

“It’s about growth. It’s about fairness. It’s about finally giving American families a tax break.”

Evidence-Based Policymaking

“Lastly, I want to take a moment to highlight a new report from the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking. This is something that I consider very, very important. This has been a personal project of mine. Senator Patty Murray and I came together to start this panel. The mission here is to completely re-examine the way government solves problems. 

“You look at something like the war on poverty—you look at something like the fact that we’ve been at this for decades, but the needle has barely moved. Washington is just stuck in this endless feedback loop where we measure success based on effort, based on input. How much money are we spending? How many programs have we created? How many people are on those programs?

“We cling to that when we ought to be focusing on outcomes—are these programs working? Are, in this case, we getting people out of poverty? So, this report—The Promise of Evidence-Based Policymaking—this report lays out a blueprint for doing that. I’m excited about the potential for more bipartisan progress here. What we should be doing as policymakers is focus on outcomes and results, not just input and effort.  

“Patty and I are going to be talking about this later in the Capitol today. This is something that I think is high time in coming, with big data, with analytics, with the tools we have and technology. We ought to be able to get our policy focus on actually achieving the results that we intend—not just hoping, but actually doing. And that’s what this is all about.”

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Realizing the American Idea through Evidence-Based Policymaking

2017/09/07

One of Speaker Ryan’s top priorities has been to fight poverty at its root causes and restore the American Idea. And to understand how to get there, we need better data. Today, as part of a bipartisan effort, we move one step closer to that goal with a groundbreaking report: The Promise of Evidence-Based Policymaking.

Let’s start in March 2016, when a bipartisan bill introduced by Speaker Ryan and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA)—the Evidence-Based Policy Commission Act—became law. Its mission was clear: Develop a strategy that allows the government to better evaluate the effectiveness of social programs through quality, accessible data.

In other words: Make sure the tools exist to gauge whether these programs are working.

What should be the government’s goal? We want to lift people out of poverty, not keep them there. Too often, Washington rewards effort—like enrollment numbers—instead of results. As it currently stands, we don’t have a reliable way to measure whether programs, like TANF or Medicaid, are actually putting people on the road to independence. In truth, the fact that 43 percent of Americans raised in the lowest income bracket are still poor as adults may tell us all we need to know. The status quo is not working. 

Enter the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking. Speaker Ryan recently discussed its efforts during a CNN town hall:

"What I think we need to do is change our approach on fighting poverty instead of measuring success based on how much money we spend or how many programs we create or how many people are on those programs, you know, measuring on inputs. Let's measure success in poverty on outcomes. Is it working? Are people getting out of poverty?  

“And what I believe, when you look at it that way—actually, I have a commission that Patty Murray and I set up that's underway right now to focus on these measurements."

Out today, the commission’s final report recommends what Speaker Ryan has long argued for: a transparent, efficient, and well-designed data system that is both accessible by federal agencies and secure for those who contribute. Here are some key takeaways from the report:

  • Security, Privacy, and Confidentiality: The report outlines recommendations for improving access to data that protects peoples’ privacy without sacrificing the information sought in the process. The commission also outlines protections to modernize the process. This means Americans enrolled in government programs can maintain their privacy while benefitting the greater goal.
  • Modernizing Data Infrastructure: The commission recommends building upon and enhancing the expertise and infrastructure to ensure secure record linkage and data access. This would increase transparency and better enable policymakers—and the public—to hold government programs accountable.
  • Strengthened Capacity: Privacy and accessibility are key, but so is ensuring the evidence-building community has the manpower it needs. By establishing administrative and program requirements within the federal government, evidence-based efforts will become a central part of both evaluating current programs and policies of the future.

With these recommendations, the government can curate a more thorough, accurate pool of information that reflects what our social programs actually look like in practice. This line of thought could alter the way government productivity is measured entirely. Imagine: a government more focused on realizing the American Idea instead of reaching arbitrary enrollment goals.

Evidence-based policymaking sounds a bit dry, but it marks a huge sea change in the way we solve problems. It would confirm what’s working and weed out what isn’t. And while good intentions are, well, good, they simply aren’t enough. There must be hard evidence that government assistance programs are helping get people out of poverty—and The Promise of Evidence-Based Policymaking is a step in the right direction.

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DON’T MISS IT: Speaker Ryan will join Senator Murray and the commissioners for the final report’s release today at 3:30 p.m. ET. Watch on speaker.gov/live.

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“We want America to wake up on New Year’s Day 2018 with a new tax system”

2017/09/07

Tax reform will be an economic game changer for our country. We want Americans to wake up on New Year's Day 2018 with a new system. pic.twitter.com/fOXHHGUDs5

— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) September 7, 2017

This morning, Speaker Ryan participated in The New York Times’ TimesTalks series with Deputy Washington Editor Jonathan Weisman to make the case for historic tax reform. The speaker argued that a more simpleaffordable, and competitive tax code will create American jobs and grow our economy:

“We want America to wake up on New Year’s Day 2018 with a new tax system. And we really believe if we get a new tax system with tax reform, we can achieve lasting three percent or plus growth in this country. And I think it’s really hard to get three percent growth without it. The difference between two or three percent growth is trillions of dollars. It’s wages getting increased. It’s better standard of living. More take-home pay. The difference between a tax code like we have now and a fixed tax code—a reformed tax system—is [for] businesses it makes sense to stay in America, to make things in America. It puts us on a better level playing field with the rest of the world. So I see it as an enormous game-changer economically for our country. It’s been since 1986.”

To learn more, visit speaker.gov, check out the links below, and watch Speaker Ryan on Fox News’ The Story with Martha MacCallum at 7 p.m. ET tonight.

Tax Reform Will Create American Jobs (9/6/17)

Conservative Groups Urge Congress to Pass Pro-Growth Tax Reform (9/6/17)

Speaker Ryan Statement on Tax Reform (8/30/17)

Headlines & Highlights from Speaker Ryan’s Cross-Country Tax Reform Push (8/30/17)

We can stick the landing on tax reform (8/24/17)

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Tax Reform Will Create American Jobs

2017/09/06

Last night, Speaker Ryan joined President Trump, Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady, and other congressional and administration leaders to discuss the need to reform our broken tax code. And as the president said prior to the meeting, pro-growth tax reform “will create millions of news jobs” right here in the United States.

He’s exactly right. In fact, that’s what tax reform is all about: creating good-paying American jobs and growing our economy.

It’s something Speaker Ryan talked about during his recent cross-country tour to promote tax reform:

“If we can get our economy growing at three plus percent, that means more take-home pay,” the speaker told employees at Intel in Hillsboro, Oregon. “That means we have a higher standard of living. That means we are creating more jobs.”

Our work to replace the outdated tax code with a system that is more simple, affordable, and competitive continues this week. Tomorrow morning, Speaker Ryan will join the New York Times’ TimesTalk series to make the case for historic tax reform. House, Senate, and White House leaders will also meet once again tomorrow. And later today, President Trump will travel to Bismarck, North Dakota to explain how common sense reforms will help American workers.

To learn more, visit speaker.gov and check out the links below:

Speaker Ryan Statement on Tax Reform (8/30/17)

Headlines & Highlights from Speaker Ryan’s Cross-Country Tax Reform Push (8/30/17)

We can stick the landing on tax reform (8/24/17)

#TaxReform: Your Guide to Day Two in the Pacific Northwest (8/24/17)

Speaker Ryan Makes the Case for Tax Reform in Oregon (8/23/17)

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Statement on Retirement of Rep. Dave Reichert

2017/09/06

WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement today after Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA) announced that he will retire at the end of the 115th Congress:

“Sheriff Dave Reichert has been an invaluable public servant and has inspired us all, myself especially. Sheriff has been a champion of America’s law enforcement. During a very difficult time for our nation’s police officers, he reframed the conversation. When others demonized them, Dave stood up and defended them. He reset the tone and urged us to honor these heroes, many of whom made the ultimate sacrifice to keep our citizens safe. I am grateful to him for his service in the House, and wish him well as he begins his next chapter to spend more time with his grandchildren. He certainly has plenty of great stories to tell them.”

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Congress Won’t Rest until Hurricane Harvey Relief Is Funded

2017/09/06

Summary: Today, Speaker Ryan joined other House leaders to discuss the House’s efforts to fund Hurricane Harvey relief in Texas and Louisiana.

Opening Statement:

“I first want to thank our colleagues in Texas and their delegation—both Republicans and Democrats—for their leadership. It’s been really something to watch. It’s really been impressive. “When this all started to unfold, they were reaching out to express the urgency of the situation—I mean, 52 inches of rain. This is something we’ve never seen before. And so they made it clear to us just how vast this problem was. And as soon as we finish here, the House will take action—as Kevin just said—on [the first] installment on this. We will not leave until this is done. “Nothing can really capture just how big and wide this devastation is. You hear a lot of numbers. Tens of thousands of people in shelters. Hundreds of thousands of homes damaged. Nothing can really capture this.

“You turn on the TV in America today—you look at all the vitriol, you look at the bitterness, you look at rioting and all the rest of this—you begin to wonder whether or not our civil society is holding together. This hurricane shows that it is. This shows that our civil society is still very, very civil.

“An email went around Janesville, Wisconsin, to the various churches and schools, and we wanted to fill up one semi-trailer at Farm and Fleet, with a business named Hufcor to send some aid down to the J.J. Watt Foundation—a local hero, plays for the Houston Texans. And, the next day, when we all collected stuff at our kids’ schools, we didn’t fill one semi-trailer, we filled nine. That’s just in Janesville, Wisconsin. Getting aid down to Houston.

“And so, what I think is a good story out of all of this is, in this country, citizens—when they see other citizens in need, they step up and they answer the call. And so, it is something that we should take stock in and encouragement from.

“Now we—government—have a responsibility as well. And as the majority leader said, technology is a good thing, and it’s helping us, but what it’s also doing is it’s moving money very fast through the system as it should. And that is why we will not leave until we get this done to make sure that the response is there.

“We’ve got another hurricane right now—Hurricane Irma—headed to our shores, and it’s critical that we act immediately. “So, for now, we’ve got to make sure we team up with our first responders. We are really encouraged and heartened by the people grabbing their boats and going and rescuing their citizens. By people all around America sending aid. And with one more hurricane—one with 185 MPH winds—hitting our shores again, those people in that line are in our thoughts and our prayers.

“So I think it’s really important that we take stock of the fact that civil society in America is well and alive, it is on display. Citizens are helping each other, and the government will be there to respond to the needs of these people who have faced this unprecedented devastation.”  

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Conservative Groups Urge Congress to Pass Pro-Growth Tax Reform

2017/09/06

Today, more than 20 leading conservative organizations urged Congress to pass historic, pro-growth tax reform. In a letter to all House members, the coalition makes the case for replacing our broken tax code that is more simple, competitive and affordable:

“This year, Congress and the Trump administration have a once-in-a-generation chance to pass pro-growth tax reform. . . . As you push forward, know that the American conservative movement, and millions of conservatives across the country, stand squarely behind you."

View the full letter here or below, and learn more about the Republican push for tax reform at speaker.gov.

September 6, 2017

The outdated U.S. tax code, last overhauled more than three decades ago, has rendered American job creators less competitive in the global marketplace, slowed the growth of wages, and discouraged investment in local communities across our country. We write to urge you to support meaningful, transformative tax reform that will strengthen economic growth and enable greater prosperity for America's job creators and middle-class families.

The tax code was designed for the economy of 1986, and is fundamentally unsuited for the way business is done today. By inflicting the highest tax rate in the developed world on job creators, and penalizing companies for repatriating global earnings, the U.S. tax code has shackled our economy.

This year, Congress and the Trump administration have a once-in-a-generation chance to pass pro-growth tax reform. The benefits of these reforms will be widespread, with gains touching every corner of our nation:

• Simplify the tax code, saving billions in compliance costs each year

• Make U.S. job creators competitive, resulting in higher wages and greater job opportunities

• Eliminate global tax penalties, encouraging investment in U.S. communities

• Lower tax burdens on working families, strengthening America's middle class

As you push forward, know that the American conservative movement, and millions of conservatives across the country, stand squarely behind you. Under the skilled leadership of Speaker Ryan, Leader McConnell, Chairman Brady, and Chairman Hatch, and with your determined effort, we have faith that Congress can pass pro-growth tax reform our economy so desperately needs; jumpstarting job creation, increasing wages, and creating stronger economic growth that will benefit every American. This opportunity calls for nothing short of unity of purpose, courage of conviction, and visionary leadership in pursuit of a victory American workers and job creators deserve.

Sincerely,

American Action Network

Americans for Tax Reform

American Commitment

Americans for Limited Government

Center for Freedom and Prosperity

Center for Individual Freedom Citizens United

Council for Citizens Against Government Waste

FreedomWorks Freedom Foundation of Minnesota

Georgia Public Policy Foundation

Middle-Class Growth Initiative

National Taxpayers Union

Rio Grande Foundation

Alabama Policy Institute

Beacon Center of Tennessee

Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions

Hispanic Leadership Fund Independence

Institute

R Street Institute

Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council

Taxpayers Protection Alliance

Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy

60 Plus Association

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Statement on DACA Program

2017/09/05

WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement following the Trump administration's announcement to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:

“However well-intentioned, President Obama’s DACA program was a clear abuse of executive authority, an attempt to create law out of thin air. Just as the courts have already struck down similar Obama policy, this was never a viable long-term solution to this challenge. Congress writes laws, not the president, and ending this program fulfills a promise that President Trump made to restore the proper role of the executive and legislative branches. But now there is more to do, and the president has called on Congress to act. The president’s announcement does not revoke permits immediately, and it is important that those affected have clarity on how this interim period will be carried out. At the heart of this issue are young people who came to this country through no fault of their own, and for many of them it’s the only country they know. Their status is one of many immigration issues, such as border security and interior enforcement, which Congress has failed to adequately address over the years. It is my hope that the House and Senate, with the president’s leadership, will be able to find consensus on a permanent legislative solution that includes ensuring that those who have done nothing wrong can still contribute as a valued part of this great country.”

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THURSDAY: Speaker Ryan to Join Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking’s Final Report Release

2017/09/05

WASHINGTON—On Thursday, September 7, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) will join Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and members of the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking for a press conference on the commission’s final report and recommendations. Speaker Ryan and Senator Murray will make brief remarks.

The event is open to media and invited guests. The commission chair and co-chair, Katharine G. Abraham and Ron Haskins, respectively, will provide highlights of the report and, along with other members of the commission, will be available for questions at the end of the program.

Under the law, the commission’s charge was to study how to increase the availability and use of data in order to build evidence about government programs. Learn more about the commission here.

DETAILS: Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking’s Final Report Release Thursday, September 7, at 3:30 p.m. ET Capitol Visitor Center HVC 201

MEDIA RSVP: Media interested in attending should RSVP to events@cep.gov with full name and outlet by 12:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, September 6.

NOTE: The report will be available at 11:00 a.m. ET on Thursday, September 7, on cep.gov. Watch the rollout live on speaker.gov/live.

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Statement on Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief

2017/09/03

WASHINGTON—Today, the House Appropriations Committee introduced legislation to fully fund the president's initial request for resources in response to Hurricane Harvey. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) released the following statement:

 

"Families and communities affected by Hurricane Harvey have a long road ahead, and the House will be with them every step of the way. The president has made clear Texas and Louisiana will have the resources they need, and this package is our first step of keeping that promise. As we continue to pray for the victims of this tragedy, I want to thank the president and the members of the Texas and Louisiana delegations for their leadership. They should all know that help is coming. May we be guided in the coming days by the example of the everyday citizens and first responders who have shown such courage in the face of devastation."

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The Modern Day Slavery of Human Trafficking

2017/08/31

Human trafficking is a horror story of sexual exploitation, emotional and physical abuse, and of victims held captive against their will. We certainly don’t expect it in our own communities.

Unfortunately, it is a huge problem in the United States and in the speaker’s backyard of Racine, Wisconsin. Due to the city’s location off of a major interstate highway and its high rates of poverty and unemployment, Racine is a breeding ground for traffickers and its youth are primary targets for exploitation.

This is a tough situation, but the good news is that the brave people of Wisconsin are not standing by. Local law enforcement and local community groups teamed up in 2014 to tackle this epidemic. A group of concerned Racine citizens founded the Fight to End Exploitation (FEE). The group’s primary goals are to educate the community about human trafficking, assist victims, and support girls who have been trafficked so they can be reintegrated into society.

“Through a comprehensive ‘victim-centered’ advocacy approach, and a supporting policing model that supports the restoration of those who have been victimized and exploited, together, we are making significant progress in the fight against human trafficking,” Racine Police Chief Art Howell explained.

Right away, this teamwork had results. The information shared during the first task force meeting in 2014 with FEE and law enforcement of Racine and nearby Kenosha resulted in the rescue of four victims.

That was just the beginning. FEE has helped over 150 victims in their community. In 2016, their trained advocates helped 56 victims. Also, they have worked to raise awareness—to approximately 12,000 community members—so that these exploitations can be prevented. They have been part of multiple rescue efforts that have literally saved lives. That’s no small feat and we honor them—and all the activists around the country—as they continue their heroic work.

Again, human trafficking is not just a Racine problem. Human trafficking is a problem across the country. Since 2007, the National Human Trafficking Hotline has received 145,764 reports of trafficking in America. In 20167,572 cases were reported. Those are just the cases we know about. This is clearly a national problem and it needs national resources.

That’s why Congress has been determined to enact bipartisan legislation to work with local communities to stop these heinous crimes. This year to date, the House has passed not one, not two, but 16 bills to fight human trafficking in the United States. Read about these bills here.

Make no mistake: human trafficking is modern day slavery. We will continue our work to eradicate it in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

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Nine Photos: Planes, Drones, and (Self-Driving) Automobiles

2017/08/31

As Congress gears up for a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reform the tax code, Speaker Ryan has been taking every possible opportunity to meet with American workers and job creators. From his home state of Wisconsin to the West coast states of Oregon and Washington, last week the Speaker spent time with hundreds of hardworking Americans who deserve a tax system that levels playing field. Here are nine photos from his stops along the way.

WISCONSIN

1. Speaker Ryan answers questions at a town hall with his employers.

2. The Speaker—or Paul as most Wisconsinites know him—began by thanking an American veteran who served in Afghanistan.

3. After the cable news cameras turned off, Paul stuck around to answer more questions and meet with audience members one-on-one.

OREGON

4. The promise of a future with self-driving cars has to bring peace of mind to any father who is soon to have teenage drivers.

5. The Speaker drones on. (Click here for video.)

6. At Intel headquarters, Speaker Ryan makes the case for tax reform so that even more companies can make things and hire again here in America.

WASHINGTON

7. From inside the construction of a Boeing fuselage, Speaker Ryan admires the work of these Washington-based workers.

8. The controls of this Boeing 787 Dreamliner are a little more complicated than the drone he flew the day before.

9. From the board room to the shop floor, Boeing employees ask Speaker Ryan questions ranging from tax reform to education, and lots of subjects in between.

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Speaker Ryan Statement on Tax Reform

2017/08/30

WASHINGTON—Speaker Ryan released the following statement on Congress’ efforts on tax reform:

“President Trump is taking the case for tax reform straight to Main Street. Here in the House, we’ve made it clear that our top priority this fall is reforming the tax code and cutting people’s taxes. Right now, our tax code is burdensome, incomprehensible, and puts American businesses at a severe disadvantage on the world stage. We want American companies to hire here and make things here. We want Americans to be able to keep more of their hard-earned money. That’s why we are committed to reforming the tax code and why President Trump reiterated his commitment today in Missouri. We are united in our determination to get this done.”

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We can stick the landing on tax reform

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Headlines & Highlights from Speaker Ryan's Cross-Country Tax Reform Push

2017/08/30

Today at 2:30 p.m. ET, President Trump will give a speech on a tax reform in Springfield, MO, to talk about our commitment to provide real tax relief for middle class families. ___

As part of this effort, Speaker Ryan recently took the case for tax reform to his employers at a town hall in Wisconsin’s First District, and then to employees at Intel and Boeing in the Pacific Northwest. If you missed any of it, here are some headlines and highlights:

Racine, WI

We want a simplified tax code that would allow you to fill out your taxes on a postcard & keep more of your hard-earned money #RyanTownHall pic.twitter.com/rZfLjEp1WD

— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) August 22, 2017  

Paul Ryan Calls for Tax Reform, Letting Americans ‘Keep More of Your Own Money.’ … House Speaker Paul Ryan called for tax reform Monday night at a town hall in Racine, Wisconsin. ‘What we are proposing on the individual side is get rid of the loopholes, get rid of the carve-outs, just lower people’s tax rates,’ Ryan said. ‘Let you keep more of your own money. And simplify the code so much that you can fill out your taxes on a postcard.’” (Daily Signal)

Hillsboro, OR

We must make the tax code more fair by eliminating special-interest loopholes & consolidating the endless stream of redundant deductions. pic.twitter.com/fsDDvzmN9n

— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) August 23, 2017

Paul Ryan visits Oregon, preaches tax reform at Intel. Ryan, joined by U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., said he'd like Congress to pass legislation slashing tax rates for business and individuals, a move he said he believes would jumpstart economic growth and make American businesses more competitive. … The Wisconsin Republican told reporters his aim for the visit was to have ‘a great dialogue about tax reform’  which he described as Republicans' ‘priority for this year.’” (The Oregonian)

Speaker Paul Ryan talks tax reform, party unity at Intel. … Ryan said taxes on businesses are too high, damaging a company's ability to compete on the global stage. He pointed to lower taxes in countries like Canada, Ireland and Israel, and said the current tax code is essentially ‘taxing businesses out of America.’ … For individuals, Ryan advocated for a simple tax code with fewer loopholes and complicated features. ‘We want to simplify taxes so much you can do them on a postcard,’ he said.” (Portland Tribune)

Paul Ryan again pushes for a simpler tax code. House Speaker Paul Ryan touted Republicans' tax reform plan Wednesday after touring an Intel facility in Oregon. Ryan cast the coming GOP proposal as essential to simplifying the tax code and allowing the U.S. economy and its companies to thrive.” (CNBC)

“House Speaker Paul Ryan's stop at Intel Wednesday morning, complete with demos of the latest in autonomous car and drone technology, was part of a cross-country tour visiting major American employers to talk tax reform.” (KGW)

House Speaker Paul Ryan visits Intel, talks tax reform. House Speaker Paul Ryan discussed tax reform during a visit to Intel's offices outside Portland, Oregon.” (Associated Press)

Everett, WA

Our tax code was competitive in 1986, but not anymore. We now have the worst tax system in the industrialize world. pic.twitter.com/GX05cNeQFz

— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) August 24, 2017

House Speaker Ryan tours Boeing, talks tax reform with employees. … Ryan argued that reducing the tax rate for businesses and simplifying the tax code for individuals will spur economic growth and give people greater confidence in the country. … Ryan said the Republican plan would rewrite the tax code for individuals and families by reducing the number of brackets and deductions. As a result it would be ‘so simple you can fill out your returns on a post card,’ he said.” (Everett Daily Herald)

House speaker Paul Ryan pushes his tax proposal at Boeing Everett. … Ryan is on a tour of the Northwest as part of a push to revamp the nation's tax code, a plan that focuses on cutting the corporate tax rate and simplifying the tax code.” (KING)

House Speaker Ryan touts lower taxes in Boeing visit. U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan toured the Boeing plant in Everett, answered workers’ questions on a variety of matters and pitched the Republican plan to cut taxes for corporations. … Ryan said reducing the tax rate for businesses and simplifying the tax code for individuals will spur economic growth.” (Associated Press)

House Speaker Paul Ryan spoke to a group of Boeing employees during a town hall-style Q&A on tax reform on Thursday morning. ‘We are taxing this business, these planes, your jobs in this country at a much higher tax rate than other our foreign competitors tax theirs.’ … Congressman Dan Newhouse (R-Sunnyside) joined Ryan in Everett.” (MyNorthwest.com)

“House Speaker Paul Ryan is pushing the Republican plan to cut corporate taxes and simplify individual returns. Today, he discussed the need for reform with a group of Boeing employees at its plant in Everett, WA.” (PBS Nightly Business Report)

Bonus coverage:

·        After his tour of Boeing, Speaker Ryan sat down for a live interview with CNBC.

·        Also be sure to check out Speaker Ryan’s interview with the Washington Examiner.

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We can stick the landing on tax reform

2017/08/24

Thursday afternoon, Speaker Ryan visited The Boeing Company, where he toured the facility and participated in a town hall meeting with company employees. After the tour, he spoke live on CNBC’s Power Lunch about the need for historic tax reform. Watch clips from the interview here and here and check out the excerpts below. 

“We’ve got to reform this tax system”

"Yes, we can stick the landing, no pun intended, on tax reform this calendar year…We all agree we've got to reform this tax system, raise wages, increase economic growth, more take-home pay, more productivity, better competition for American businesses who really have their hands tied behind their backs when it comes to competition in the tax code. We all agree with that.” 

“Permanence is necessary” 

“We really do believe it's got to be permanent. That’s something that the Ways and Means Committee, the Finance Committee, is passionate about, I, as well, am passionate about it. Permanence works, permanence is necessary, and permanence is absolutely doable…We have a tax system written in 1986 for the 20th century and we are well into the 21st century and the rest of the world is passing us by. We have such an antiquated, anti-competitive tax system that just dropping rates without fixing the actual system would not be nearly as growth-producing as a permanent reform, which also cuts taxes and lowers rates for workers and families and businesses." 

“We’re letting people keep more of their hard-earned money”

“We do want to have preferences for things like charity, homeownership, and retirement savings...The point we're trying to make is those are important things that are broad-based for all American families and workers. When you raise the standard deduction like we’re proposing, that dramatically simplifies the code so much that even with those three preferences I mentioned, you can have a postcard sized tax form. We think that brings tremendous fairness and simplicity, more importantly by consolidating the brackets from seven to three, we're cutting people’s taxes, we’re cutting people’s tax rates, we’re letting people keep more of their own hard-earned money so that they can decide what they want to do with it. We think that’s really good for families, for workers, and for economic growth.”

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#TaxReform: Your Guide to Day Two in the Pacific Northwest

2017/08/24

Speaker Ryan is back at it today, taking the case for tax reform directly to workers and manufacturers in the Pacific Northwest.

Yesterday, he was at Intel. Today, he will be in Everett, WA to visit The Boeing Company factory, which happens to be the largest building in the world.* There, he will take a tour of the facility, and do a town hall meeting with company employees. We will bring the town hall to you live on Speaker.gov.

But hey, that’s not all. Speaker Ryan will then appear live on CNBC’s Power Lunch with Ylan Mui to talk more about why we are pushing to make the tax code simpler and fairer for everyone.

So, let’s make this easy to copy and paste: 

And, of course, there’s always the real-time coverage you get by following @SpeakerRyan on Twitter and Instagram. Facebook Live, too.

We thank you in advance for watching. In the meantime, be sure to check out Speaker Ryan’s remarks at Intel yesterday:

Obligatory Section of Links:

Mini-series: 

Other stops on this tax reform tour:

Videos: 

*That's by volume, for all the fact-checkers out there.

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Speaker Ryan Makes the Case for Tax Reform in Oregon

2017/08/23

HILLSBORO, OR—Today, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) delivered remarks on the need for pro-growth tax reform to employees at Intel in Hillsboro, Oregon. Below are Speaker Ryan’s full remarks as delivered:

“One of the most important things we have to do in the United States Congress is reform our tax system. And I want to explain basically why we think that’s really important for us. First off is just competition. We have arguably the worst tax system in the industrialized world. What I mean when I say that is companies and countries compete on a global scale in this 21st century economy. We all know that. It’s a global economy.

“The problem is we haven’t reformed our tax system since the year I got my driver’s license 1986. We haven’t reformed our tax system since 1986. When we did it in 1986, we tripped off sort of a worldwide competition based on tax policies. And here’s our issue: Right now, we tax companies like this at 35 percent. That’s about 20 percent of American businesses. 80 percent of American businesses—many of your suppliers, probably some of your contractors here—they pay their taxes as individuals. We call them pass throughs, like subchapter-s corporations or LLCs. Their top tax rate is 44.6 percent. So our competitors to the north—I come from Wisconsin—our competitors to the north, Canada, they tax their businesses at 15 percent. Ireland—you have a lot of Irish here—12.5 percent. Technology tax rate on companies—I was just informed this morning—in Israel? 6 percent. China 25 percent, but they actually give you a break in the early years. We’re between 35 and 45 percent on how we tax American businesses.

“And so one of the big, great problems we have is we’re basically taxing American businesses out of America. We’re making it really hard for American businesses to compete and succeed in the global economy because of our tax system. What’s worse is if we’re successful like Intel clearly is in being a global company, in making money by selling goods and services overseas, they can’t bring those profits back into this country and reinvest it in jobs, in manufacturing, in America for many reasons, but chief among them is because of our tax code.

“So we have two to three trillion dollars of American profits parked overseas that can’t come back to be reinvested in our communities because of our tax laws. So we’ve got to get these tax rates down. The average tax rate on companies in the world is 22.5 percent. And when we’re taxing American businesses 35 to 45 percent, that makes us very, very uncompetitive. And so we are convinced that if we get our tax rates down on all of our businesses—small businesses, big, and everything in between—then we can be far more globally competitive, and we can make it make more sense to keep our companies based in America. What does that mean? That means our headquarters stay here. And when our headquarters stay here, that means the affinity and the attachment to the community stays here. That means the Boys and Girls Club gets more funding. That means United Way and local churches and charities get more community support like clearly you do here in Portland. And there are lots of reasons why we want to make sure that American companies stay American. But we also want American companies to be able to make things here and export them all around the world.

“And one of the things we think we also have to do in tax reform is create incentives for businesses to expand more plant and equipment. You spend $10 billion a year on capital equipment building these clean-room factories. You spend $12.7 billion a year on R&D. So clearly we think it’s important that more of that occurs here in this country so that we can make things here, have great jobs here, and export them all around the world and be globally competitive. And so that is what we’re trying to achieve when we talk about tax reform with respect to competition.

“Another thing is fairness. And this is what I want to talk to you about just as people, as families, as workers. We don’t really have a system that is very fair, and one of the reasons why our system is not very fair is because it’s really complicated. You can sit next to your next-door neighbor, have the same kind of income, and pay dramatically different taxes because of all the different carve outs and loopholes in the tax code. So we want to clean this thing up. We want to clean up our tax system to make it simple and fair. Condense all these redundant loopholes. Get rid of a lot of these sort of bizarre special-interest carve outs. And just lower people’s tax rates. Cut people’s taxes. Lower people’s tax rates.

“The philosophy on the tax code in Washington today is: Send your money to Washington, and then if you do what we approve of, we’ll let you keep some of it back. That’s ridiculous. It’s paternalistic. It’s actually kind of condescending. What we want to do is just clean this system up—simplify it so much that you can fill out your taxes on a postcard—so thatyou don’t have to hire an accountant to do your taxes, so you don’t have to stress what tax day’s going to look like. How many sort of dread April 15 because you really don’t know what the heck to expect, right? This shouldn’t be a dreaded thing. This should be something where you know what’s going to happen. Where it’s predictable, and it’s simple, and it’s fair. And so we think for families, for workers, for businesses, that’s going to be really, really important—to clean this mess up and simplify it so people can easily comply with our tax system.

“The last part I would say is this: We haven’t had growth in this economy near what we used to have since before this great last recession we had in 2008. What I mean when I say that is, in the old days, as in like 10 years ago, our trend growth rate was 3 percent plus. We’ve been growing between one and two percent in this economy. Now that doesn’t sound like a whole lot just thinking about it—1.2 percent economic growth rate versus a 3.2 percent growth rate—it’s massive, it’s enormous.

“If we can get our economy growing at 3 plus percent, that means workers have more take-home pay. That means we have higher standard of living. That means we are creating more jobs. That means there’s more confidence in our economy, so that board rooms and businesses leaders are actually saying more expansion, build more, do more. That means the next disruptive technology that’s right around the corner, maybe in someone’s garage, is more likely to actually occur and get funded in this country. That’s why we want to have faster economic growth, because what it does is it raises wages, it increases take-home pay, it produces more economic security. And, most of all, it just gets our economy growing. It gets our economy healthier.

“So we really think that in order to have a healthier economy, where people can have good-paying jobs, where we can keep businesses in America, where we can make more things, where people up and down can have good, family-supporting paying jobs, we have to have tax reform.

“So that is one of the biggest achievements we’re hoping to achieve this year, and we feel very confident about this. The reason we feel confident about achieving tax reform is it’s just high time. Everybody agrees. It hasn’t been since 1986 that we’ve reformed this thing. Our current tax code is a junker. It is a jalopy. It is the pre-drone era. It is really something. And the rest of the world’s caught up and surpassed us. So it’s high time, in spite of the drags we’ve had on the tax code, we fix this. And I really believe companies like Intel and others will be really wired for more impressive growth.

“And that’s what’s exciting about this. You turn on the TV and it’s not a pretty sight to see these days because there’s so many things that are happening that are frustrating. There are so many anxiety moments, whether it’s foreign policy challenges or just the acrimony we have in politics these days. But if we can get some of the basics right, if we can fix some of these sort of core, structural problems that most of us agree need to be fixed, we can really rebuild some confidence in our country and in our economy. And that is what we are trying to achieve here.”

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Watch Speaker Ryan’s Tax Reform Remarks at Intel

2017/08/23

This afternoon, Speaker Ryan will deliver remarks to employees at Intel in Hillsboro, Oregon on the need for pro-growth tax reform. The speaker will discuss how a more competitiveaffordable, and simple tax code will help create jobs, raise wages, and grow our economy.

Over the past few months, Speaker Ryan has criscrossed the country to make the case for tax reform directly to the American people. This event is part of his broader swing through the West Coast to meet with leading U.S. businesses and their workers about the challenges they face with regards to the tax code.

Watch the remarks live at 1:20 p.m. ET/10:20 a.m. PT on speaker.gov/live.

As always, be sure to follow along on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram for live behind-the-scenes updates.

To learn more about our efforts to reform the broken tax code, visit speaker.gov and check out the links below.

Bonus Video: Watch Speaker Ryan at Monday night’s CNN town hall in Racine, Wisconsin explain how tax reform will increase American competitiveness and allow people to file their taxes on the form the size of a postcard.

Speaker Ryan Makes the Case for Tax Reform in Wisconsin (8/7/17)

31 Reasons Why We Need Tax Reform (8/4/17)

The Aggressive GOP Push for Tax Reform (8/3/17)

Leading Voices Praise “Bold Plan” for Tax Cuts (7/29/17)

“We’re in the business of lowering tax rates,” Speaking Ryan Talks to Maria Bartiromo (7/28/17)

House, Senate, White House Are Unified on Tax Reform (7/27/17)

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Top 5 Moments from Speaker Ryan’s CNN Town Hall in Wisconsin

2017/08/22

Last night, Speaker Ryan took part in a live CNN town hall in Racine, Wisconsin. The speaker took questions from constituents on everything ranging from the recent events in Charlottesville to the Republican effort to reform our broken tax code.

In case you missed it, here are the top five moments from the town hall:

A Simplified Tax Code

We want a simplified tax code that would allow you to fill out your taxes on a postcard & keep more of your hard-earned money #RyanTownHall pic.twitter.com/rZfLjEp1WD

— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) August 22, 2017

An Agenda to Improve Lives

I want POTUS to succeed so our country succeeds. We have an important agenda we're working on to improve people's lives. #RyanTownHall pic.twitter.com/v6Bhj4UViV

— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) August 22, 2017

Charlottesville

The idea that a human being's intrinsically more superior than another's a repugnant idea that contradicts our American ideals #RyanTownHall pic.twitter.com/mhpytktWwZ

— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) August 22, 2017

An American First

As a conservative, I want to use our country's founding principles to find solutions to problems and improve people's lives. #RyanTownHall pic.twitter.com/F1nABcS4JH

— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) August 22, 2017

Steve Scalise

Hearing from @SteveScalise on yesterday's @HouseGOP call energized us even more for all of the work we have ahead of us. #RyanTownHall pic.twitter.com/sMsDtCwGKQ

— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) August 22, 2017
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Watch Guide: Tonight’s Wisconsin Town Hall with Speaker Ryan

2017/08/21

Tonight at 9:30 p.m. ET, Speaker Ryan will hold a live town hall event in Racine, Wisconsin, where he will answer questions from an audience comprised of his Wisconsin First District constituents. Here's how you can follow along →

Behind-the-Scenes:

Full Town Hall Event:

  • Television: Aired on CNN, CNN en Español, and CNN International
  • Online: Streamed live for subscribers via CNNgo and on the CNN mobile apps for iOS and Android
  • Radio: Carried by CNN’s SiriusXM Channel 116 and the Westwood One Radio Network

If you can’t wait until 9 p.m. ET tonight, here’s a look back at January’s CNN town hall and last summer’s CNN town hall

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Charlottesville

2017/08/21

I was struck by the tone Heather Heyer’s parents took at her memorial service. Here they are suddenly grieving and saying goodbye to their daughter, taken by an act of domestic terrorism. And instead of turning to anger, they call for healing and forgiveness. They set a powerful example.

When this all happened last Saturday, I was in the mountains with my family. Our annual camping trip is the kind of time away we really cherish these days. Of course, the escape was short-lived, jolted back to reality by what happened in Charlottesville. 

I felt the range of emotions that so many of us did. Anger, bewilderment, sadness. As I said then, the views that fueled this spectacle are repugnant. My hope was that the nation would unite in opposition to this bigotry.

The immediate condemnations from left, right, and center affirmed that there is no confusion about right and wrong here. There are no sides. There is no other argument. We will not tolerate this hateful ideology in our society. 
 

I still firmly believe this hate exists only on the fringes. But so long as it exists, we need to talk about it. We need to call it what it is. And so long as it is weaponized for fear and terror, we need to confront it and defeat it. 

That is why we all need to make clear there is no moral relativism when it comes to neo-Nazis. We cannot allow the slightest ambiguity on such a fundamental question. 

If America stands for anything, it is the idea that the condition of your birth doesn’t affect the outcome of your life. The notion that anyone is intrinsically superior to anyone else runs completely counter to our founding principles. Those principles make America special. They by no means make us perfect. We may never fully eradicate this scourge. After all, this republic is defined by its often winding pursuit of a more perfect union.  

But it is that chase that sets us apart. It is the notion we are always trying to be better. This goes especially for our leaders. Those of us entrusted with the privilege to serve and represent the American people have an obligation to challenge us to push beyond the passions of the moment. 

So this is not a legislative issue. And it certainly isn’t a political one. Let’s not just reduce this to one of the partisan squabbles of the day. It is so much bigger than all that. 
 

This is a test of our moral clarity. The words we use and the attitudes we carry matter. Yes, this has been a disheartening setback in our fight to eliminate hate. But it is not the end of the story. We can and must do better. We owe it to Heather Heyer, and to all our children.

I look forward to talking more about this tonight at my CNN town hall in Racine, Wisconsin.

 

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THIS WEEK: Speaker Ryan to Join CNN Town Hall, Tax Reform Business Tours

2017/08/21

WASHINGTON—This week, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) will join a CNN town hall in Wisconsin and participate in business tours in Oregon and Washington to discuss the competitive, pro-growth tax reform plan being developed by Congress and the administration. Details for all three events are below. 

What: Speaker Ryan to Appear at CNN Wisconsin Town HallWhen: ‪Monday, August 21 at 9:30 p.m. ET/8:3‪0 p.m. CT Where: Racine Theatre Guild in Racine, WisconsinWays to Watch: The town hall will air on CNN, CNN en Español, CNN International, and will be carried by CNN’s SiriusXM Channel 116 and the Westwood One Radio Network.

What: Speaker Ryan at Intel Corporation (Roundtable, business tour, remarks, and press conference)When: ‪Wednesday, August 23 at 12:00 p.m. ET/9:‪00 a.m. PT Where: Intel Corporation in Hillsboro, OregonMedia Details: The top of the roundtable and portions of the business tour will be open for B-roll/photos. Afterward, press is invited to cover Speaker Ryan’s remarks and press conference. RSVP deadline is ‪3:00 p.m. ET/12:‪00 p.m. PT on 8/22—details below. Ways to Watch: Speaker Ryan's remarks and press conference will be streamed on speaker.gov/live.

What: Speaker Ryan at The Boeing Company (Business tour and employee town hall)When: ‪Thursday, August 24 at 11:00 a.m. ET/8:‪00 a.m. PTWhere: The Boeing Company in Everett, WashingtonMedia Details: Speaker Ryan’s visit to Boeing's Everett site and town hall with Boeing employees will be open to the press. RSVP deadline is ‪1:00 p.m. ET/10:‪00 a.m. PT on 8/23—details below. Ways to Watch: Speaker Ryan's town hall with Boeing employees will be streamed on speaker.gov/live.

Media RSVP: Due to space limitations, RSVPs will be accepted until at capacity. Media interested in covering either event must RSVP to Molly Edwards (molly.edwards@mail.house.gov) by 3:00 p.m. ET/12:00 p.m. PT on Tuesday, August 22, for the Intel visit, and by 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT on Wednesday, August 23, for the Boeing visit. You must RSVP and receive confirmation to attend.

Please specify which event you intend to cover in your response. Logistical details will be provided after RSVPs are finalized. Media must show valid press credentials to gain entry. 

NOTE: Closed-toed shoes required for both tours. 

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A Competitive Tax Code

2017/08/17

We must reform our business tax system to bring good-paying jobs back from overseas and increase our economic competitiveness. pic.twitter.com/ScQWPYVgbV

— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) July 20, 2017

Republicans are unified on a path forward on tax reform with three goals in mind: a code that is more simple, affordable, and competitive. But what does it actually mean to make the tax code more competitive, and, more importantly, what will this mean for you, your family, and the American economy?

A Stronger Economy Today, we have the worst tax code for businesses in the industrialized world. As a result, businesses are fleeing the United States and taking good jobs with them. By slashing the corporate tax rate as low as possible and creating a new, lower tax rate for small businesses, we can stop the drain of American businesses overseas and grow our economy right here at home. Tax reform will also end the crazy system that literally traps trillions of dollars abroad—profits that should be reinvested back into our economy.

Higher Wages As the nonpartisan Tax Foundation explains, our corporate tax rate is responsible for persistent wage stagnation. A lower tax rate on businesses and a stronger economy means higher wages for hardworking Americans. At the end of the day, that’s what this is all about: more take-home pay for you and your family.

More American Jobs A lower corporate tax rate will help level the playing field for American businesses and end incentives for companies to ship jobs overseas. That means more good-paying jobs right here at home. As Speaker Ryan recently told employees at New Balance’s factory in Lawrence, Massachusetts:  “What we need to do is we need to throw out those complicated loopholes, those deductions, those special-interest loopholes. And then we are going to create a new, lower tax rate specifically for manufacturers, for small businesses, for companies like this, for businesses across America, so they can actually compete. This will help bring good-paying jobs back from overseas and it’s going to increase our economic competitiveness.”

To learn more, visit speaker.gov or check out the links below:

An Affordable Tax Code (8/16/17)

A Simpler Tax Code (8/15/17)

31 Reasons Why We Need Tax Reform (8/4/17)

“We’re in the business of lowering tax rates,” Speaking Ryan Talks to Maria Bartiromo (7/28/17)

House, Senate, White House Are Unified on Tax Reform (7/27/17)

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Watch Chairman Brady’s Speech on Tax Reform

2017/08/16

At 5:30pm E.T. today, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) will deliver remarks live from the Reagan Ranch in Santa Barbara, California on the need to fix our broken tax code. You can watch his speech live here.

Last month, House, Senate, and White House leaders announced that we are united on a path forward on tax reform. Now, under Chairman Brady’s leadership, the Ways and Means Committee is working hard to turn those principles into historic tax reform legislation that will create jobs and grow our economy.

Our goals are straightforward: We want a more simple, affordable, and competitive tax code. That means a tax cut for hardworking Americans, less stress come tax season, and a level playing field for our businesses.

The last time we reformed our tax code was in 1986 under President Reagan. A lot has changed since then, but today we have a once-in-a-generation moment to honor President Reagan’s legacy by enacting commonsense, pro-growth reform. This is exactly what Chairman Brady will discuss today, and we hope you’ll tune in for his remarks.

To learn more, visit speaker.gov and waysandmeans.gov, and check out the links below:

File Your Taxes on a Form the Size of a Postcard (8/8/17)

Speaker Ryan Makes the Case for Tax Reform in Wisconsin (8/7/17)

31 Reasons Why We Need Tax Reform (8/4/17)

The Aggressive GOP Push for Tax Reform (8/3/17)

President Trump Hosts Small Businesses to Talk Tax Reform (8/1/17)

Leading Voices Praise “Bold Plan” for Tax Cuts (7/29/17)

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An Affordable Tax Code

2017/08/16

Why does tax reform need to happen now? Because hardworking families are struggling under a tax code that is far too confusing & expensive. pic.twitter.com/MQShKaahIJ

— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) July 6, 2017

Republicans are unified on a path forward on tax reform with three goals in mind: a code that is more simple, affordable, and competitive. But what does it actually mean to make the tax code more affordable, and, more importantly, what will this mean for you and your family?

More Money in Your Pocket

As new polling demonstrates, Americans believe their taxes are too high. We agree. That’s why we are going to cut tax rates for Americans at all income levels, and we will eliminate excessive, costly taxes like the Alternative Minimum Tax and the Death Tax. And we’ll do all of this without blowing up the deficit by eliminating loopholes and accounting for economic growth from broader reforms to the tax code. That means you get to keep more of your hard-earned paycheck.

A Stronger Economy

More money in your pocket means Americans will invest more money back into our economy. However, if we are really serious about growing our economy, we believe these tax cuts should be permanent. Hardworking families need the certainty of permanent rate cuts to be able to spend wisely and save for the future.

To learn more, visit speaker.gov or check out the links below:

31 Reasons Why We Need Tax Reform (8/4/17)

“We’re in the business of lowering tax rates,” Speaking Ryan Talks to Maria Bartiromo (7/28/17)

Tax Reform Will Happen in 2017 (7/6/17)

House, Senate, White House Are Unified on Tax Reform (7/27/17)

Here’s Why Tax Cuts Must Be Permanent: (6/22/17)

 

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Good News: Landmark GI Bill Expansion Now Law

2017/08/16

WASHINGTON—To help expand opportunities for veterans, there will no longer be a 15-year time limit on the use of GI bill benefits.

Signed into law today, the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act makes it so that veterans can use their education benefits whenever they choose. That’s why this is often called the ‘Forever’ GI bill.

This bipartisan expansion of the GI bill—which passed in the House and Senate with unanimous support—also makes it easier for post-9/11 Purple Heart recipients to get GI bill benefits, and gives veterans a better shot at in-demand science and technology jobs

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) applauded enactment of the measure: 

"This is a landmark in helping our veterans make a good transition and pursue their passion. It is the biggest expansion of the GI bill in a decade. We will keep working to see that our veterans get the world-class care and treatment that they and their families have earned. I commend the Republicans and Democrats who came together in bipartisan fashion to get this done.”

In June, Congress passed—and President Trump signed—an overhaul of the way the VA does business, a direct response to the national scandals of the last three years. Recently, the House approved the highest level of funding ever for the Department of Veterans Affairs. 

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A Simpler Tax Code

2017/08/15

We will use clear out special interest loopholes to lower tax rates. We are going to cut taxes. #MFGSummit pic.twitter.com/ysDr5EXaLL

— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) June 20, 2017

Republicans are unified on a path forward on tax reform with three goals in mind: a code that is more simple, affordable, and competitive. But what does it actually mean to simplify the tax code, and, more importantly, what will it mean for you and your family?

Less Hassle

There’s a reason we dread Tax Day, and it isn't just having to pay Uncle Sam. The filing process is such a hassle that most people need to shell out a bunch of money just to find out how much they have to pay in the first place. That's one reason we’re going to eliminate special-interest loopholes and carve outs, and consolidate those redundant deductions. This will allow you to file your taxes on a form the size of a postcard. Wouldn't that be something?

Less Uncertainty

Today, you never really know how much you will owe the government in taxes. That’s in large part due to the fact that you have to navigate an endless stream of complicated deductions. Getting rid of excessive tax breaks and only keeping those that make the most sense will mean more financial certainty and peace of mind come tax season.

More Fairness

To us, it seems crazy that two people with the same income would pay vastly different amounts in taxes. How does that make sense? The way our code is rigged today tends to benefit special interests and high-income earners who can afford an army of accountants to pick the right mix of loopholes. A simpler and flatter tax code will mean a fairer tax code for everyone.

To learn more, visit speaker.gov or check out the links below:

File Your Taxes on a Form the Size of a Postcard (8/8/17)

31 Reasons Why We Need Tax Reform (8/4/17)

Leading Voices Praise “Bold Plan” for Tax Cuts (7/29/17)

House, Senate, White House Are Unified on Tax Reform (7/27/17)

A Quick Update on Tax Reform (7/19/17)

 

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Opioids Are Taking Over in Our Communities

2017/08/15

We have a silent killer in our country. Each day, it takes the lives of our mothers, our sons, our neighbors. That killer is the extremely addictive opioid, with heroin as the most infamous drug of its kind.

Kyle Pucek of Janesville, Wisconsin was close to becoming a victim of the silent killer. Kyle is a recovering opioid addict. This is a man who lived through the hell of opioid addiction—and came out stronger on the other side thanks to family and rehabilitation. Here are Kyle’s own words:

"I was at my wit's end. No one really knew what was going on with me. People could tell that I was in trouble but didn't really know how to help. After a couple cries for help, which were hospital visits, my family came together and got me into rehab, and since that day I've been clean."

Now, Kyle spends a lot of his time talking to people—especially students—about the dangers of opioid addiction. He shares his story in an effort to prevent other people from going down the sorrowful, life-threatening path he took:

“The community as a whole is suffering right now from addiction and abuse on a lot of levels. This is something I have common ground with, and I'm willing to share my experience to help others, to help families."

Kyle Pucek’s story is all too familiar. What starts off as an addiction to prescription pills following a surgery descends into an addiction to heroin. Far too often, these stories end up in tragedy and death.

That’s why Congress has made fighting the opioid epidemic a top priority. In this year’s government funding bill, we provided an increase of $781 million for prevention, education, and treatment of opioid abuse. The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, along with the 21st Century Cures Act, provides grants, gives treatment and prevention, and supports law enforcement in communities around the nation. The bad guys who are pedaling these drugs in our schools and communities must be taken off the streets and locked up in prison.

These resources will go to local communities because that’s the most important way to stop the spread of opioids. Kyle Pucek spoke at a local event last October called Hope over Heroin, which included resource booths, local speakers, and a candlelight vigil to commemorate the people who died from opioid abuse:

"A phrase that I grew up with was ‘always be part of the solution or you're part of the problem.' And I think that's what's important for me...People need to understand that they do need to be proactive and look to help their community because if they're not, they're actually part of the problem, and they're not allowing their community to heal and be the best that it can."

These bills are part of the solution. With more education, prevention, and treatment,  more of our loved ones can be saved from the hell of addiction. This legislation will help stop this silent killer and will save lives. It’s something we are proud of, and we will keep at it. 

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A lot has changed since 1986

2017/08/14

The last time we reformed the tax code was when I got my driver's license: 1986. The world has changed a lot since then, but the American tax system has not. 

Think about it. Since 1986, the Internet was created and the global economy has become more global, but we continue to have an unfair tax code that ships jobs overseas and keeps the United States from being competitive with the rest of the world. 

If we want to make things again in America, if we want to have a fast-growing economy with good-paying jobs and higher wages, we've got to reform our tax code.

P.S. Click here to learn more about our plans to make America's tax code more affordable, more simple, and more competitive.

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August (so far) in Photos

2017/08/11

August gives Members of Congress time at home in their districts. Speaker Ryan is no different. He’s conducting tours of local businesses, meeting with constituents and local organizations, and speaking with hardworking employees throughout the First District.

Here are eleven photos that show how Speaker Ryan has been spending August— quality time with the people he represents in Washington.

1.   Metal Grinding Demo in Franklin, WI – While on a tour of the Allis Roller factory, Speaker Ryan watches as a machine grinds a metal cylinder into a machined part that will be incorporated into a larger piece of equipment.

2.   Franklin, WI Factory Tour – Speaker Ryan discusses the process of welding complex assemblies as he tours the Allis Roller factory in Franklin, WI.

3.   Edging Demo in Muskego, WI – During his tour of the Inpro Corporation factory in Muskego, WI, Speaker Ryan stops to watch a factory employee bend metal and vinyl sheets into a door edging product.

4.   Groundbreaking in Janesville, WI – Speaker Ryan walks to the groundbreaking ceremony for SHINE Medical Technologies in Janesville, WI, its first manufacturing facility of radioisotopes used to treat and diagnose various types of cancers and other diseases.

5.   Janesville Office Hours – During his constituent office hours, Speaker Ryan meets with representatives from the Hope Institute of Uganda to discuss their experience with international development.

6.   Agriculture Q&A with Secretary Perdue – Speaker Ryan, along with Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, participates in a Q&A session with agricultural industry professionals at Blain’s Farm & Fleet in Janesville, WI.

7.   Janesville, WI Distribution Center Tour – Speaker Ryan and Secretary Perdue tour Blain’s Farm & Fleet Janesville distribution center.

8.   Burlington, WI Employee Q&A – Speaker Ryan speaks with employees of LDV Specialty Vehicles in Burlington, WI about the benefits of tax reform, and the best hunting spots around the district.

9.   Yorkville, WI Site Visit – Speaker Ryan observes construction on Merz’s new specialty healthcare production facility in Yorkville, WI.

10.  Kenosha Relay for Life – Each year, Speaker Ryan participates in Kenosha’s Relay for Life event, and this year is no different. He swung by this year’s Relay at the University of Wisconsin—Parkside where he met with families who’ve been affected by cancer.

11.  Franklin, WI Employee Q&A – Speaker Ryan fields questions from Allis Roller employees and high school students participating in career and technical education, while participating in an employee Q&A session at Allis Roller’s Franklin, WI factory.

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Tax Reform Goals: Affordable, Simple, Competitive

2017/08/10

2017 is the year of tax reform. There’s a lot of information circulating about our plan, and that can be overwhelming. That’s why we wanted to take a moment to lay out our goals for commonsense, pro-growth tax reform:  

AFFORDABLE: A more affordable tax code means more money in your pocket.

Why? Because taxes are too high on individuals, families, and businesses, which means less money invested in our economy.

How? By cutting taxes on American workers, families, and businesses, consolidating the existing seven tax brackets into three, and eliminating costly, unnecessary taxes like the Alternative Minimum Tax and the Death Tax.  

SIMPLE: A more simple tax code means less stress and uncertainty come tax season.

Why? Because the tax code today is way too complicated. The endless loopholes and deductions make it nearly impossible to figure out how much you will owe the government.

How? By throwing out special-interest loopholes and consolidating deductions, so your tax filing form looks more like a postcard than a Homer epic.  

COMPETITIVE: A more competitive tax code means a stronger economy and more American jobs.

Why? Because the tax code today puts us at a disadvantage to our foreign competitors. We have the highest corporate tax rate in the industrialized world, which is directly contributing to the drain of American businesses and jobs overseas, and trapping trillions of dollars in profits abroad.

How? By slashing the corporate tax rate as low as possible so our businesses can actually compete, and by creating a new, lower tax bracket for small businesses.

To learn more, visit speaker.gov and check out the links below:

Speaker Ryan Makes the Case for Tax Reform in Wisconsin (8/7/17)

31 Reasons Why We Need Tax Reform (8/4/17)

The Aggressive GOP Push for Tax Reform (8/3/17)

President Trump Hosts Small Businesses to Talk Tax Reform (8/1/17)

Leading Voices Praise “Bold Plan” for Tax Cuts (7/29/17)

“We’re in the business of lowering tax rates,” Speaking Ryan Talks to Maria Bartiromo (7/28/17)

House, Senate, White House Are Unified on Tax Reform (7/27/17)

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File Your Taxes on a Form the Size of a Postcard

2017/08/08

We will use clear out special interest loopholes to lower tax rates. We are going to cut taxes. #MFGSummit pic.twitter.com/ysDr5EXaLL

— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) June 20, 2017

A new poll out today shows that a majority of Americans think taxes are too high and support reforming the tax code. And here's one reason why:

Think about that sense of dread you feel around tax season. Really think about it. The long complicated forms. The endless deductions. The seven different tax brackets. The uncertainty. The IRS.

Now imagine filing your taxes on a form the size of a postcard. Imagine fewer, more simple deductions. And imagine three brackets instead of seven.

This is not the stuff of fairy tales. This will be the reality if we finally reform our broken tax code.

It’s something Speaker Ryan discussed in a major speech on tax reform to the National Association of Manufacturers.

“We will consolidate the existing seven brackets into three, double the standard deduction, and simplify things to the point that you can do your taxes on a form the size of a postcard. This, instead of the 1040 form. Wouldn’t that be nice? This is within our reach.”

For us, this is all about making it easier for individuals and families to file their taxes, and allowing hardworking Americans to keep more of their hard-earned paychecks.

Opportunities like this only come around once in a generation. So if we’re serious about growing this economy, lowering taxes, and simplifying the code, we can’t let this moment slip by. We need to get this done in 2017.

To learn more, visit speaker.gov or check out the links below:

Speaker Ryan Makes the Case for Tax Reform in Wisconsin (8/7/17)

31 Reasons Why We Need Tax Reform (8/4/17)

The Aggressive GOP Push for Tax Reform (8/3/17)

President Trump Hosts Small Businesses to Talk Tax Reform (8/1/17)

Leading Voices Praise “Bold Plan” for Tax Cuts (7/29/17)

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Speaker Ryan Makes the Case for Tax Reform in Wisconsin

2017/08/07

 

Last week, Speaker Ryan crisscrossed Wisconsin’s 1st District to meet with local businesses and employees about the need to reform our broken tax code and cut tax rates.

On Thursday, Speaker Ryan joined WCLO’s Tim Bremel for an interview about the need for a more competitive tax code.

“You just can’t be competitive when you’re taxing a Wisconsin manufacturer at 45 percent and a Canadian equivalent competitive manufacturer at 15 percent,” Ryan said. “It doesn’t work. So we’ve got to get those rates down.”

On Friday, Speaker Ryan kicked off his day at LDV Inc. in Burlington, where he explained why we must cut the corporate tax rate to increase American competitiveness.

“The tax rate on this businesses is 44.6 percent,” Ryan told LDV employees. “The average tax rate that industrialized countries tax their businesses is 22.5 percent . . . we are losing competition. We are losing jobs.”

At Allis Roller in Franklin and Merz USA in Franksville, the speaker argued that tax reform is essential to stop the drain of American businesses overseas and bring jobs back home.

We have a really bad tax system and our tax system right now penalizes American businesses in a way that our foreign competitors don’t,” he explained. “We tax ourselves in a way that basically encourages companies to make stuff overseas instead of making it in America. It’s a real problem.”

Finally, Speaker Ryan met with employees at Inpro Corporation in Muskego, where he talked about why we need a Made in America tax code that incentivizes businesses to grow and invest right here in the United States.

To learn more, visit speaker.gov or check out the links below:

31 Reasons Why We Need Tax Reform (8/4/17)

The Aggressive GOP Push for Tax Reform (8/3/17)

President Trump Hosts Small Businesses to Talk Tax Reform (8/1/17)

Leading Voices Praise “Bold Plan” for Tax Cuts (7/29/17)

 “We’re in the business of lowering tax rates,” Speaking Ryan Talks to Maria Bartiromo (7/28/17)

House, Senate, White House Are Unified on Tax Reform (7/27/17)

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31 Reasons Why We Need Tax Reform

2017/08/04

Our broken tax code is a drag on our economy. Tax reform will help create millions of jobs and increase paychecks.https://t.co/lDGvkftsjO pic.twitter.com/5gZrT7nqYL

— Ways and Means (@WaysandMeansGOP) August 1, 2017

Last week, House, Senate, and White House leaders announced that we are united on a path forward on tax reform, which drew wide praise from leading conservative and business voices. Now it’s the job of our committees to gather feedback from the American people and write a bill to fix our broken tax code and cut taxes for American families and businesses.

Here in the House, the Ways and Means Committee is hard at work doing just that.

They have already held a number of public hearings focused on reforms to create jobs and grow our economy. They’ve brought in job-creators and hardworking Americans to hear directly from them about the challenges they face with regards to the tax code.

And this month, the committee is outlining 31 reasons why we need tax reform. (Yes, that’s one every single day in August, but also—believe it or not—it's been 31 years since we last overhauled our tax code.)

Day 1: Our broken tax code is a drag on our economy.

Day 2: Americans spend too much money filing taxes.

Day 3: Americans at every income level deserve to keep more of their paychecks.

Well, you get the idea.

We want a tax code that works for all Americans—not just for special interests and those who can afford expensive accountants. We want a tax code that is more simple, affordable, and competitive. And we want to get this done in 2017.

To learn more, visit speaker.gov, waysandmeans.house.gov, and check out the links below:

The Aggressive GOP Push for Tax Reform (8/3/17)

President Trump Hosts Small Businesses to Talk Tax Reform (8/1/17)

Leading Voices Praise “Bold Plan” for Tax Cuts (7/29/17)

“We’re in the business of lowering tax rates,” Speaking Ryan Talks to Maria Bartiromo (7/28/17)

House, Senate, White House Are Unified on Tax Reform (7/27/17)

Joint Statement on Tax Reform (7/27/17)

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The Aggressive GOP Push for Tax Reform

2017/08/03

Republicans are mounting an aggressive, united campaign to enact commonsense tax reform in 2017. Last week, House, Senate, and White House leaders announced that they are united on a path forward on getting this done—a move that received widespread praise from leading conservative and business organizations. Speaker Ryan also sat down with Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo to make the case for a tax code that is more simple, affordable, and competitive.

Check out some of the latest news clips below:

The Hill: GOP to begin vigorous sales job on tax reform

“Now that GOP leaders and the White House have announced a consensus on goals for tax reform, they are hoping to get voters excited about forthcoming legislation. And they'll have business groups and conservative advocacy organizations helping them in the efforts. . . . The Big Six had not been expected to release tax guidelines until September, so the fact that the principles were released in July signals a desire to pivot to tax reform and to arm lawmakers with information to discuss with constituents.”

Politico: Outside groups prop up White House's tax reform efforts"Conservative and business-aligned advocacy groups plan to spend millions of dollars boosting tax reform in August. . . . The push by Washington-based interest groups, President Donald Trump's White House, the Treasury Department, and Republicans on the Hill aims to get better results from tax reform by engaging stakeholders from the outset—and by pitching their plans to voters aggressively and early."

Wall Street Journal: GOP Lawmakers, White House Outline Tax Plan

“The shared principles in effect represent a starting point for the approaching debate. Party leaders’ willingness to release a framework is also a sign of their confidence in getting a bill written and passed.” 

CBS: GOP-aligned group launches initiative to promote tax reform

“Republican-aligned advocacy group American Action Network (AAN) is launching a campaign Monday to promote the need for pro-growth tax reform and highlight problems with the current tax code. The group says it will work to educate Americans about the benefits of tax reform, which is another top priority for congressional Republicans and the White House.”

McClatchy: Major GOP-aligned group pledges to spend millions on tax reform fight

“American Action Network, for its part, is seeking to offer a comprehensive message on tax reform through radio, television, mail and digital ad buys, and through organizing at a grassroots level, ensuring that pro-tax reform advocates are at events, such as town halls over the August recess, and helping to facilitate activities like op-eds in local papers from community leaders and other politically prominent figures. The project has a hashtag: #GrowthForAll.”

Politico: Business Roundtable launching multi-million dollar push backing tax reform

“The Business Roundtable is embarking on a multi-million-dollar national TV and radio campaign, beginning in early August, to give tax reform extra momentum over the congressional recess. Done in cooperation with White House, Treasury, and House and Senate leadership, this is BRT’s effort to cast a potential tax overhaul as a once-in-a-generation opportunity.”

The Hill: Ryan praises conservative group's efforts to promote tax reform

"Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is praising the American Action Network's (AAN) multimillion-dollar effort to promote tax reform, as Republicans and outside groups work to get constituents behind the GOP's tax-rewrite plans over the August recess. 'A simpler, fairer tax system that puts working families first will strengthen our economy and create more jobs,' Ryan said in a statement tweeted Tuesday from his personal account. 'I am encouraged to see the Middle Class Growth Initiative, and American Action Network, working to give their voice to this critical issue, and I'm pleased for such allies and supportive efforts.'"

Axios: Tax reform begins today

“The White House, Senate and House are all united in moving on full steam to tax reform this week.”

Newsmax: GOP to Launch Campaign to Promote Tax Reform Over August Recess

“The GOP looks to sell the plan with the aid of business groups and conservative organizations. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady has given his fellow Republican congressmen talking points to emphasize to the public the advantages of the plan, including an August calendar with 31 reasons for tax reform, and a pocket card that explains how it will be beneficial to the public.”

Washington Examiner: Paul Ryan 'confident' Republicans can get tax reform done

“[Speaker] Ryan said getting tax reform done in 2017 would be critical for achieving the 3 percent growth rate that the Trump administration is counting on to help fund its priorities, such as higher defense spending, and avoid running up the national debt.”

To learn more, visit speaker.gov and check out the links below:

Leading Voices Praise “Bold Plan” for Tax Cuts (7/29/17)

“We’re in the business of lowering tax rates,” Speaking Ryan Talks to Maria Bartiromo (7/28/17)

House, Senate, White House Are Unified on Tax Reform (7/27/17)

Joint Statement on Tax Reform (7/27/17)

A Running Start on Tax Reform: Speaker Ryan Talks to Fox News (7/21/17)

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Statement on Iran, Russia, North Korea Sanctions

2017/08/02

WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement after President Trump signed legislation to sanction Iran, Russia, and North Korea:

“Today, the United States sent a powerful message to our adversaries that they will be held accountable for their actions. These sanctions directly target the destructive and destabilizing activities of Iran, Russia, and North Korea. We will continue to use every instrument of American power to defend this nation and the people we serve."

The US just sent a powerful message to Iran, Russia, & North Korea: They will be held accountable for their actions. https://t.co/fDK3CKOV1g

— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) August 2, 2017
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July in Photos: Beyond the Clutter

2017/08/02

It’s easy to get caught up in cable news countdown clocks, DC partisan bickering, and 140-character play-by-plays. But these aren’t the things that most Americans spend their days thinking about. (I know, hard to believe.) People care about having a good job, taking care of their families, achieving the American Dream. That’s why you sent your representatives to Washington—to focus on the issues that matter most to you.

So here are seven moments from July that show we’re cutting through the clutter to tackle what matters most—the problems people face in their everyday lives.

1.   Products Made in the USA – Products made in the America are the exception, not the rule. While on a tour of New Balance’s Lawrence, Massachusetts factory—one of the company’s five manufacturing facilities in New England—Speaker Ryan watches as an employee completes one of the steps towards producing an athletic shoe.

2.   Advancement in Medical Technologies – Addison, Pleasant Prairie, WI resident, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at three years-old. She wears a continuous glucose monitor that allows her mom to monitor her blood sugar through an app on her phone. The CURES Act, which promotes medical innovation, was passed with the goal of helping children like Addison.

3.   Being Prepared to Enter the Workforce – Speaker Ryan participates in the Congressional Summer Intern Lecture Series, answering interns’ questions on how best to prepare to enter the workforce on graduation. His best advice: Success starts with having a positive outlook.

4.   Access to Good Jobs – Speaker Ryan participates in the White House’s Foxconn factory announcement with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Senator Ron Johnson. The opening of this factory will bring thousands of good jobs to southeastern Wisconsin.

5.   Lowered Taxes – In speaking to New Balance employees, Speaker Ryan details how tax reform will help not just businesses, but everyday Americans. Cutting taxes and simplifying the tax code means more money in your pocket and less stress come tax season.

6.   Ending Human Trafficking – Human trafficking isn’t just a problem abroad—it’s an American problem, too. In July, the House passed bipartisan legislation that gives law enforcement the resources and support it needs to protect our citizens and support to victims of these awful crimes.

7.   Keeping Americans Safe – In July, the House passed one of the most expansive sanctions packages in history with the goal of tightening the screws on Russia, Iran, and North Korea. Speaker Ryan, joined by members of House leadership, signs this important legislation to keep Americans safe, which sends it to the White House.

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President Trump Hosts Small Businesses to Talk Tax Reform

2017/08/01

2017 is the year for tax reform. Our committees are working to produce legislation that will level the playing field for American businesses. That means slashing the corporate tax rate as low as possible and creating a new, lower tax rate for small businesses.

Today, under our crazy system, successful small businesses pay a top marginal tax rate of 44.6 percent. Compare that with the 22.5 percent average paid by the rest of the world, and you can see why it's so hard for our businesses to compete.

Speaker Ryan put it best during his first major tax speech of the year, where he delivered a clear message to our manufacturers: We are going to simplify the code and cut your taxes.

We will use clear out special interest loopholes to lower tax rates. We are going to cut taxes. #MFGSummit pic.twitter.com/ysDr5EXaLL

— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) June 20, 2017

At 3:00 p.m. ET today, President Trump will host small businesses from across the country for a discussion on tax reformThese job creators are the lifeblood of our economy, but the broken and outdated tax code makes it difficult for them to invest in their companies, hire more workers, and raise wages. Watch the event live here.

The event follows the House, Senate, and White House leaders’ announcement last week that they are united on a path forward on tax reform. Learn more about that here.

It’s time to bring jobs back home, cut taxes, and grow our economy. It’s time to make America the best once again. It’s time to get this done in 2017.

To learn more, visit speaker.gov and check out the links below:

Leading Voices Praise “Bold Plan” for Tax Cuts (7/29/17)

“We’re in the business of lowering tax rates,” Speaking Ryan Talks to Maria Bartiromo (7/28/17)

House, Senate, White House Are Unified on Tax Reform (7/27/17)

Joint Statement on Tax Reform (7/27/17)

A Running Start on Tax Reform: Speaker Ryan Talks to Fox News (7/21/17)

Speaker Ryan Pitches Tax Reform in Lawrence, MA (7/20/17)

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Leading Voices Praise "Bold Plan" for Tax Cuts

2017/07/31

Last week, House, Senate, and White House leaders announced that they are united on a path forward to reform our broken tax code and cut taxes for hardworking Americans. In the wake of this announcement, leading conservative and business organizations voiced support for Republicans' "bold plan" to implement a more simple and competitive tax code.

American Made Coalition:“Today’s announcement confirms that the administration and congressional leaders have unified around a shared vision for comprehensive tax reform that will generate sustained economic growth. From the beginning, we have pushed for significantly lower corporate tax rates, permanent reforms that give businesses the certainty they need to invest in the U.S., and a territorial tax system that levels the playing field for American companies competing abroad. We applaud the negotiators for including all three principles in the framework they outlined today.”

Club for Growth:“We look forward to working with congressional leaders and the White House to push for pro-growth tax reform. The Club strongly supports lower tax rates for individuals and businesses, lower taxes on capital, and a simplified tax code that supercharges the economy.”

Heritage Action:“Heritage Action applauds President Trump and congressional leaders for uniting behind a coherent set of principles that, if translated into policy, would unleash economic growth, create jobs and increase wages.”

FreedomWorks:“It’s time to get our economy growing again. We need tax reform that fundamentally overhauls, not just tweaks, our current tax code. . . . FreedomWorks and our activist community have waited a long time for this moment, and we’re ready to get started to make tax reform a reality.”

Americans for Tax Reform:“The joint White House, Senate, and House statement proves that tax reform is on schedule for 2017. . . . This bold plan is the key to unlocking at least three percent economic growth, creating millions more jobs, and giving American families lower taxes and more take-home pay.”

American Conservative Union: "The release of a joint statement from the White House and Congressional Leadership shows that progress is being made and ACU is pleased to see that the drive for tax reform is alive and well. House and Senate leaders and Committee Chairmen are continuing to put together a comprehensive package to reform the tax code and deliver positive change for our economy." 

Americans for Prosperity:“Unrigging the economy without new burdens on regular Americans is a once-in-a-generation opportunity. It will improve lives, put more disposable income back in Americans’ pockets, and level the playing field so that each of us have fair treatment under the tax code. We will continue working with lawmakers and the White House to advance our positive vision for a tax code built on principles of simplicity, equitability, efficiency and predictability–without creating new taxes. We look forward to coming together to deliver on this great promise.”

National Taxpayers Union: "Congressional and White House leaders have taken one important step forward together on the path toward completing a comprehensive overhaul of the tax system by later this year. More steps are ahead. . . . We are grateful to Speaker Ryan, Leader McConnell, Secretary Mnuchin, Director Cohn, Chairman Hatch, and Chairman Brady for recognizing this urgency."

Faith and Freedom Coalition: "The time has come for a major overhaul of the U.S. tax code that provides tax relief for American families and business. President Trump, Speaker Ryan, Leader McConnell and other leaders in Congress and this administration are working hard to simplify our tax code and provide real relief for families and businesses. These refroms will unleash the full power of the American economy to create jobs, and allow parents to better provide for their families." 

Chamber of Commerce: “Today’s announcement, and the unity of vision shown in it, bolsters our confidence that tax reform can be enacted this year. The engagement and enthusiasm for pro-growth tax reform from Trump administration officials and Congressional lawmakers is what will propel this over the finish line for American businesses, workers, and families. The U.S. Chamber applauds the work that has been done to narrow the differences and we look forward to continuing to engage policy makers on this critical issue."

Citizens Against Government Waste: “CAGW is fully supportive of the principles of pro-growth tax reform outlined in the joint statement from House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas). . . . CAGW looks forward to working with the tax-writing committees in the House and Senate to provide the lowest possible rates for individuals and businesses in the legislation." 

Business Roundtable:“Today’s announcement represents an important development toward passage of tax reform. For the first time, we are seeing joint efforts and agreement among the Administration and House and Senate Republican leadership about the direction that tax reform must take. Importantly, the release lays out a time frame and process to advance historic tax reform this fall.”

RATE Coalition:“We are ready to partner with both the Executive and Legislative branches to fix America’s tax code. And, we must act with urgency now to fix the rate and make real reform a reality. Today’s announcement is a critical step to ignite economic growth and jumpstart job creation for the next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs.”

Financial Services Roundtable:“Today’s announcement reflects Republican leaders have a unified purpose. They agree on key principles necessary to enact tax reform that will help jumpstart economic growth and create jobs for the American people. FSR looks forward to being a constructive partner as this process moves forward this fall.”

SBE Council: "There is energy and momentum behind tax reform, and our organization and its small business members are confident that through the leadership of House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady that our nation will soon have a tax system that is fair, more simple and pro-growth."

National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors:“This sets the stage for the process to promptly go forward with the tax-writing committees having a common framework of reference as they undertake their deliberations. This is a major step forward.”

Coalition for Fair Effective Tax Rates: “The Coalition for Fair Effective Tax Rates commends Republican leaders of Congress and the Trump administration for producing a set of principles for tax reform. We hope these concepts will soon be developed into comprehensive tax reform legislation that creates a more level playing field for businesses of all sizes across all industry sectors." 

American Petroleum Institute:“API supports pro-growth tax reform and the combined commitment shown today by the White House and Congressional leaders will help us achieve this important goal. Tax reform focused on economic development can benefit American consumers, businesses and the economy. We will continue to work with leaders in the House, Senate, and administration on pro-growth policies that will help strengthen the U.S. energy renaissance.”

Information Technology Industry Council: “For tech, tax reform ‘done right’ can’t come soon enough. To have Congress and the White House unified like this means that not only is the band getting together, they’re singing the same tune. . . . With congressional committees being given the green light, we look forward to reviewing the details of their proposals this fall and working with lawmakers to modernize our tax code so that it unleashes future U.S. innovation.”

R Street Institute:“R Street is committed to the cause of tax reform and looks forward to working with members of Congress and the administration as they consider alternative ways to simplify the code, broaden the base and pursue pro-growth policies for all Americans.”

SIFMA: "SIMFA members are strongly in favor of federal tax reform, and we're encouraged that Congress and the White House have today announced a serious plan to move the process forward. Modernizing the Internal Revenue Code is critical to all Americans and has the potential to unleash unprecedented economic growth."

Retail Industry Leaders Association: “As the nation’s largest private-sector employer, retailers are ready to work with lawmakers to pass tax reform that lowers corporate rates, scrutinizes deductions, keeps America competitive globally, and creates a level playing field here at home. There is no better time and no greater need for tax reform to keep America competitive with the rest of the world."

American Farm Bureau Federation: “America’s farmers and ranchers are encouraged to see that key congressional leaders and the administration understand how important tax reform is to all Americans. Fixing our tax system now is crucial to creating economic opportunities for farmers, ranchers and other family-owned businesses.”

To learn more, visit speaker.gov or check out the links below:

House, Senate, White House Are Unified on Tax Reform (7/27/17)

Joint Statement on Tax Reform (7/27/17)

A Running Start on Tax Reform: Speaker Ryan Talks to Fox News (7/21/17)

Speaker Ryan Pitches Tax Reform in Lawrence, MA (7/20/17)

A Quick Update on Tax Reform (7/19/17)

A Made in America Tax Code (7/17/17)

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Statement on Reince Priebus

2017/07/28

WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement:

“Reince Priebus has left it all out on the field, for our party and our country. Here is a guy from Kenosha, Wisconsin who revitalized the Republican National Committee and became White House chief of staff. He has served the president and the American people capably and passionately. He has achieved so much, and he has done it all with class. I could not be more proud to call Reince a dear friend.

"I congratulate Secretary Kelly on his appointment, and look forward to working with him to advance our agenda."

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Statement on North Korea Missile Test

2017/07/28

WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement after North Korea reportedly tested a ballistic missile:

“North Korea is a global menace, and its pursuit of nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missiles poses clear and immediate danger to our national security. We take this threat very seriously. That’s why, earlier this week, a bipartisan majority of the House voted to sanction North Korea. These expansive sanctions directly target Pyongyang’s ability to threaten the United States and our allies. The Kim regime needs to pay for its actions.”

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“We’re in the business of lowering tax rates,” Speaker Ryan Talks to Maria Bartiromo

2017/07/28

Watch the latest video at video.foxbusiness.com

On Thursday afternoon, Speaker Ryan sat down with Maria Bartiromo for an extended interview on the momentum for tax cuts. Earlier in the day, House, Senate, and White House leaders released a joint statement on tax reform. Watch parts of their interview here, here, and here, and check out the highlights below.

“LOWER TAX RATES FOR EVERYBODY ACROSS THE BOARD”

“We believe we need to clear out loopholes and deductions, carve-outs, special interest giveaways, so that we can lower tax rates for everybody across the board; for businesses, for families. We also believe in the family side and this is something we’ve been pretty explicit about. Raise that standard deduction. Get away some of the carve-outs. But preserve things like charity and mortgages and retirement savings. But clean up that tax code so you dramatically simplify it. It helps you consolidate tax brackets. It helps people have a simplified system. And on the business side, as I mentioned, you’ve got to take away loopholes, so that you can lower tax rates and that is the work that our tax writing committees will now engage in doing.”

“DRAMATIC SIMPLIFICATION”

“We’ve long said that we need to make sure that we prioritize those things; retirement savings, charity, mortgages. But we also think by raising the standard exemption for families, we can dramatically simplify the code. Most people don’t even have to itemize their deductions; they can have a postcard-type tax form. So I think dramatic simplification, but also maintaining important priorities, like home ownership, charitable giving. But then on the business side, we know -- we’re the last country in the industrialized world to have this crazy worldwide tax system that basically says you can’t bring your money back home. You’ll get taxed if you do. We’ve got to get rid of that system. We have to have a territorial system, so that companies with cash parked overseas can bring that money back home. It’s two to three trillion dollars. We think that’s very, very important. We all agree on that and we think there’s a way forward on how to do that, short of a border adjustment tax. And on rates themselves, we’ve got to get our tax rates down in businesses, so that we’re in the hunts with respect to global competitiveness. Our corporate rate is 35 percent. The top past three tax rates, 44.6 percent and the average tax rate on businesses in the industrialized world, 22.5 percent. That is making us absolutely uncompetitive. We know we have to get those rates down.” 

“WE ARE MOVING FORWARD”

We’re in the business of lowering tax rates. We’re not in the business of raising tax rates. The point is, the president himself, with his economic advisors, put out a framework that we think really works. And then now on the business side, we spent the last three months looking at making sure that there’s a viable alternative to a cash flow border adjustment tax, that still allows us to become a territorial system. Get our tax rates down. Now that we are confident that we can have that system, that that is achievable, we are moving forward with the same template, in agreement, so that our tax writers can go get this done and we can pass this, this fall.”

More of their interview will air this Sunday at 10 a.m. ET on Sunday Morning Futures.

 

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Speaker Ryan Statement

2017/07/28

WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement after last night’s health care vote in the Senate:

 “We were sent to Washington to fulfill the pledges we made to our constituents. While the House delivered a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, unfortunately the Senate was unable to reach a consensus. I am disappointed and frustrated, but we should not give up. I encourage the Senate to continue working toward a real solution that keeps our promise. We have so much work still to do, and the House will continue to focus on issues that are important to the American people. At the top of that list is cutting taxes for middle class families and fixing our broken tax code. I’m glad that members will now take time to hear directly from those they represent and make the case for historic tax reform that we intend to pursue in the fall.”

 

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Statement on Senate Health Care Legislation

2017/07/27

WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement on the Senate health care legislation:

"It is now obvious that the only path ahead is for the Senate to pass the narrow legislation that it is currently considering. This package includes important reforms like eliminating the job-killing employer mandate and the requirement that forces people to purchase coverage they don’t want. Still it is not enough to solve the many failures of Obamacare. Senators have made clear that this is an effort to keep the process alive, not to make law. If moving forward requires a conference committee, that is something the House is willing to do. The reality, however, is that repealing and replacing Obamacare still ultimately requires the Senate to produce 51 votes for an actual plan. The House remains committed to finding a solution and working with our Senate colleagues, but the burden remains on the Senate to demonstrate that it is capable of passing something that keeps our promise, as the House has already done. Until the Senate can do that, we will never be able to develop a conference report that becomes law. We expect the Senate to act first on whatever the conference committee produces. Obamacare is collapsing and hurting American families. We have to keep working at this until we get the job done."  

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House, Senate, White House Are United on Tax Reform

2017/07/27

There’s quite a bit of tax reform news today, so we wanted to take a minute to fill you in on the latest:

What just happened? The House, Senate, and White House announced that we are united around a set of commonsense ideas for transformational tax reform. Read the full statement here.  

Go on . . . These reforms are focused on lowering tax rates to help the middle class get ahead, allowing unprecedented capital expensing for businesses, creating a system that brings back jobs and profits trapped overseas, and locking these reforms in for the long-term.

Why is this so important? Because historic tax reform will create jobs, increase wages, and grow our economy. That means more money in your pocket and a more competitive environment for our businesses.

What about BAT? The overarching goal of tax reform is more important than any single policy. We agreed to move forward without BAT once we determined there is viable alternative that still creates a level playing field for American businesses.

Now what? House and Senate committees will take the lead in drafting legislation based on these principles by incorporating feedback from lawmakers and the public. After committee approval, under the regular order process, the House and Senate will take up these bills.

Here’s the bottom line: Republicans—in the House, Senate, and administration—are united and ready to get this done. We made a promise to deliver historic tax reform to the American people, and that’s exactly what we will do, in 2017.

To learn more, visit speaker.gov or check out the links below:

A Running Start on Tax Reform: Speaker Ryan Talks to Fox News (7/21/17)

Speaker Ryan Pitches Tax Reform in Lawrence, MA (7/20/17)

A Quick Update on Tax Reform (7/19/17)

A Made in America Tax Code (7/17/17)

Tax Reform Will Happen in 2017 (7/6/17)

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Joint Statement on Tax Reform

2017/07/27

WASHINGTON—Today, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) issued the following joint statement on tax reform:

"For the first time in many years, the American people have elected a President and Congress that are fully committed to ensuring that ordinary Americans keep more of their hard-earned money and that our tax policies encourage employers to invest, hire, and grow. And under the leadership of President Trump, the White House and Treasury have met with over 200 members of the House and Senate and hundreds of grassroots and business groups to talk and listen to ideas about tax reform.

"We are all united in the belief that the single most important action we can take to grow our economy and help the middle class get ahead is to fix our broken tax code for families, small business, and American job creators competing at home and around the globe. Our shared commitment to fixing America’s broken tax code represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity, and so for three months we have been meeting regularly to develop a shared template for tax reform.

"Over many years, the members of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee have examined various options for tax reform. During our meetings, the Chairmen of those committees have brought to the table the views and priorities of their committee members. Building on this work, as well as on the efforts of the Administration and input from other stakeholders, we are confident that a shared vision for tax reform exists, and are prepared for the two committees to take the lead and begin producing legislation for the President to sign. 

"Above all, the mission of the committees is to protect American jobs and make taxes simpler, fairer, and lower for hard-working American families. We have always been in agreement that tax relief for American families should be at the heart of our plan. We also believe there should be a lower tax rate for small businesses so they can compete with larger ones, and lower rates for all American businesses so they can compete with foreign ones. The goal is a plan that reduces tax rates as much as possible, allows unprecedented capital expensing, places a priority on permanence, and creates a system that encourages American companies to bring back jobs and profits trapped overseas. And we are now confident that, without transitioning to a new domestic consumption-based tax system, there is a viable approach for ensuring a level playing field between American and foreign companies and workers, while protecting American jobs and the U.S. tax base. While we have debated the pro-growth benefits of border adjustability, we appreciate that there are many unknowns associated with it and have decided to set this policy aside in order to advance tax reform.

"Given our shared sense of purpose, the time has arrived for the two tax-writing committees to develop and draft legislation that will result in the first comprehensive tax reform in a generation. It will be the responsibility of the members of those committees to produce legislation that achieves the goals shared broadly within Congress, the Administration, and by citizens who have been burdened for too long by an outdated tax system. Our expectation is for this legislation to move through the committees this fall, under regular order, followed by consideration on the House and Senate floors. As the committees work toward this end, our hope is that our friends on the other side of the aisle will participate in this effort. The President fully supports these principles and is committed to this approach. American families are counting on us to deliver historic tax reform. And we will."

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Speaker Ryan Statement on National Security Appropriations Legislation

2017/07/27

WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement on House passage of the national security appropriations minibus:

“We must be vigilant in protecting our homeland. That’s our priority. This legislation funds the most critical functions of government. It secures our borders by providing funding for a wall on our southern border. It gives our service members a raise and ensures they have the tools they need to complete their missions. Additionally, the legislation takes care of our veterans here at home who have kept us safe. I commend my colleagues for standing up for national security today, and I thank the Appropriations Committee for their work on this critical measure.”

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Cut through the Clutter: Speaker Ryan Talks House Progress at Weekly Presser

2017/07/27

 

Summary: Did you know the House is focused on improving people’s everyday lives? Today at his weekly press conference, Speaker Ryan discussed just that—by way of the many initiatives the House is taking, like legislation to rebuild our military and overhaul the way the VA does business.

Opening Statement:

“Sometimes the noise tends to drown out the good news around here. People may turn on their TVs and think that all that we do here in this bubble is spend our time focusing on one thing at one time, or, you know, bickering with each other about one thing. The reality is that there is some very important work getting done here to improve people’s lives. “Let me just give you some examples:

  • An overhaul of the way that the Veterans Administration works so that veterans get the better care that they deserve and the treatment that they deserve.
  • Fourteen separate measures to strike bad regulations from the books. With one more coming on the way.
  • A big down-payment on rebuilding our military, and we are building on that this week—right now.
  • The biggest increase in border security funding in years, which we are also building on this week.
  • More resources to fight the opioid epidemic.
  • More resources to expand charter schools and to save the DC school choice program.
  • We have passed our plan to repeal and replace Obamacare—which is a very, very important promise for us to keep.
  • Our plan to replace Dodd-Frank with real relief for small businesses and community banks on Main Street.
  • We’ve passed the biggest expansion of the GI bill in a decade, removing time limits for veterans to use their benefits—because in this 21st century, lifelong learning is essential.
  • Reforms to toughen enforcement of our immigration laws, including Kate’s Law.
  • Reforms to impose additional penalties on sex traffickers and increase support for victims—because human trafficking is a real problem.
  • Reforms to improve job training and expand career and technical education.
  • Tougher sanctions on hostile regimes.
  • And in addition to all this, our committees are working on transformational tax reform–the biggest thing we can do for our workers and for our economy. 

“I know that is a long list—there’s more to this list. But if you just go to didyouknow.gop, you can cut through the clutter and you can learn more about all of this work that is being done here in the House. These are real wins—real wins to solve real problems that people care about. And, even if this isn’t always being reported—even if it’s getting lost in the clutter, in the distractions—that is what we are doing, one day at a time, one step at a time. “And as always, we will continue to raise our gaze and keep at it—because we were elected to solve people’s problems. And that’s what we’re focused on doing.”

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Statement on Meeting with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri

2017/07/27

WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement after meeting with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri:

“Prime Minister Hariri and I just concluded a timely discussion on the importance of a stable and secure Lebanon living in peace with its neighbors. I expressed my concern over Hezbollah’s expanded regional influence, and stressed the need to counter aggression from Iran and all of its proxies. In particular, Lebanon should continue to make progress enforcing international sanctions to cut off its banking sector from terrorist organizations and their supporters. Finally, I thanked Prime Minister Hariri for the efforts of the Lebanese Armed Forces to combat ISIS and al-Qaeda, and for hosting and providing for Syrian refugees.”

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Speaker Ryan Statement on Foxconn Announcement

2017/07/26

WASHINGTON—Today, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) released the following statement after Foxconn’s announcement to open a factory in southeastern Wisconsin:

"I often say that Wisconsin’s workers are the best in the world and that the Badger State is a great place to do business. I’m thrilled that Foxconn agrees and has decided to build their new factory in southeastern Wisconsin. This decision will create thousands of good jobs, and I’m excited for all the Wisconsinites who will benefit. I’m grateful that I was able to be a part of this process, working the state leaders like Governor Walker, to make it a reality. This is an exciting day for our community, and we look forward to working further with Foxconn as we begin a new era of manufacturing here in Wisconsin.”

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Nine Things to Know about the Security ‘Minibus’

2017/07/26

The purpose of our government is first and foremost to ensure the security of our nation. This week, the House will take up the appropriations package for national security priorities. It includes the appropriations bills for defense, military construction and veterans, energy and water, and the legislative branch.

Here are nine things you need to know about this legislation:

1.      It fully funds President Trump’s FY2018 $1.6 billion request for a wall along our southern border.

2.      It gives our service members a much-deserved pay raise—the largest military pay raise in eight years.

3.      It takes the next step in our efforts to rebuild our military with a substantial increase for the Department of Defense.

4.      It pays for updated equipment and weapons so that our men and women serving abroad are fully prepared for the ever-evolving threats of modern warfare and defense.

5.      It funds military infrastructure so that our service members can be safe and prepared.

6.      It takes care of our vets by providing the highest level of funding—ever—for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

7.      It deters and defends against attacks by increasing funds for the Department of Energy’s nuclear weapons program.

8.      It authorizes the EPA to withdraw from the Obama administration’s disastrous Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule.

9.      It increases funding for our Capitol Police, who bravely protect members of Congress, their staff, and visitors to our nation's Capitol. This will increase security here at the Capitol and at home in our districts.

This appropriations package will ensure that American citizens are kept safe at home and abroad. Visit the House Committee on Appropriations for more information.

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Statement on Passage of Iran, Russia, North Korea Sanctions

2017/07/25

WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement after House passage of H.R. 3364, the Countering Adversarial Nations Through Sanctions Act:

“The multitude of threats posed to our national security by Iran, Russia, and North Korea cannot be understated. These bad actors have long sought to undermine the United States and disrupt global stability. Our job in Congress is to hold them accountable. The bill we just passed with overwhelming bipartisan support is one of the most expansive sanctions packages in history. It tightens the screws on our most dangerous adversaries in order to keep Americans safe. I want to thank Leader McCarthy, Whip Hoyer, Chairman Royce, and Ranking Member Engel for their tireless work on this vital national security issue.”

 

This week, Congress passed one of the most expansive sanctions packages in history to tighten the screws on Iran, Russia, and North Korea. pic.twitter.com/F22jwbzGxG

— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) July 29, 2017
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Statement on Meeting with UK International Trade Secretary Liam Fox

2017/07/25

WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement after meeting with UK Secretary of State of International Trade Liam Fox:

“Secretary Fox and I had a productive discussion about strengthening the economic bonds between our two nations. The U.S.-U.K. investment partnership is a bedrock of the special relationship, and we must continue to build on this alliance. I want to thank Secretary Fox for his visit and commitment to working together toward a bilateral free trade agreement in the years to come.”

NOTE: In April, Speaker Ryan led a bipartisan delegation to the UK, where he delivered remarks on the importance of the U.S.-U.K. relationship.

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‘Real Problems People Care About’: Speaker Ryan’s Remarks from Leadership Presser

2017/07/25

 

Summary: Today, Speaker Ryan discussed some of the ways the House is addressing problems faced by Americans in their everyday lives, like the GI Bill expansion, a pay raise for our troops, and strengthening border security.

Opening Remarks:

“Here’s the way I always frame this for audiences: How many of you knew that Jim Comey came and testified in the Senate the other day? All right—you all raise your hand; you know that. How many of you know that that’s the same day the House passed repeal and replace of Dodd-Frank? Every time I do this in audiences, like two hands go up.

“That’s basically the point I’ve been trying to make, which is: This is why we’re telling people go to didyouknow.gop.

“Through all the noise and all the distractions, we are addressing the problems that people face in their everyday lives. That is what we are here to focus on. We understand that a lot of people don’t know about that—that a lot of people aren’t familiar with all the progress we’ve made and all the bills that we have passed in this first six months.

“Just yesterday, as Kevin just mentioned, we passed the expansion of the GI Bill—it’s the biggest expansion of college aid for veterans in a decade. It means the GI Bill will keep doing what it has done for generations—giving opportunities to veterans and their families.

“Also this week, we are going to fully fund a pay raise for our servicemembers. It’s the biggest military pay raise in eight years. Because the last eight years, we have seen our military getting hollowed out, and we are addressing that again for the second time this year this week. It’s well-deserved.

“The last point I want to make is about the security on our borders. Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to travel down to Texas to McAllen to go to the Rio Grande Valley and spend time with our border patrol. When you see what they're up against, it really gives you even greater respect for what they do. They clearly need more tools and more support to do their jobs effectively. 

“So this week, we are going to take action on key elements of the president's strategy to secure our borders, including the resources for a physical barrier. I’ve got to tell you, when you go down there and meet with the border patrol themselves and you see the fact that the cartels are staging just over the river, there is a need for a physical barrier at many parts of this border. And that is what the border patrol, the experts on the ground who are in charge of keeping us safe and enforcing our laws are telling us.

“That’s why we’re going to get this done this week. And we are going to keep working on our agenda to address the real problems that people care about so that we can improve people’s lives—which is why we are here.” 

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We won’t stop repealing bad regulations.

2017/07/25

We have talked a lot about Obama’s regulatory tailspin that his administration rushed through at the 11th hour. Congress used the Congressional Review Act to successfully repeal fourteen harmful regulations that made it difficult for small businesses to thrive and tough for people to find jobs.

Our lookout for harmful regulations is not over. This time, the rogue Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is the culprit of a horrible new rule.

A little background: The CFPB is an “independent government agency,” which really means that it is unchecked, unconstitutional, and unaccountable. Authorized by the disastrous Dodd-Frank legislation, the agency is not subject to Congressional appropriations and simply refuses to be transparent.

Even with a new administration, the CFPB has been up to no good. Now, the unchecked agency has promulgated the anti-arbitration rule, which puts wealthy trial lawyers ahead of consumers.

Pre-dispute arbitration is a wonky term for a process in which consumers and companies can resolve disputes without spending the time and money that litigation inevitably brings. However, the rule makes that next to impossible by requiring financial services companies to absorb all the expenses of the arbitration process. That may sound pro-consumer, but it actually just incentivizes companies to avoid it altogether and choose the class-action process—the litigation route.

And whom does the litigation route benefit? Trial lawyers. The CFPB’s own data shows that potential class-action victims receive benefits in fewer than 20 percent of cases. For cases that do settle, the average class-action participant receives an average of only $32, but the lawyers involved receive upwards of $424 million.  

No, consumer-friendly this rule is not.

That’s why the House is using the Congressional Review Act to repeal this rule today. That makes this the 15th regulation repealed. The CFPB is simply out of control and House Republicans are working to change that for the American people. The White House also supports this legislation. The House also passed the Financial CHOICE Act in June to rein the agency in. It’s time that the CFPB was stopped from putting special interests above consumers.

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Democrats Play Politics with our National Security

2017/07/24

Today, as Democrats roll out their “fresh vision” for the country, they are politicizing our national security once again.

House Democrats just blocked the Intelligence Authorization Act—bipartisan legislation that passed unanimously out of committee—in a reckless attempt to score political points by tacking on unrelated partisan amendments.

Is this their idea of a better deal?

Now, you’ll hear Democrats argue that this is about holding Russia accountable. In fact, this legislation includes several provisions regarding Russian cyber threats and interference in the 2016 election. Moreover, the House is voting tomorrow on additional bipartisan legislation to sanction Russia, along with Iran and North Korea, for their wide range of destabilizing activities.

As Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Adam Schiff (D-CA) said after committee passage, “This bill is the product of months of oversight and examination and a bipartisan commitment to the nation's security. I look forward to taking the bill up on the House Floor and to its eventual passage.” 

The reality is that Democrats have no message beyond obstructing President Trump’s agenda. That’s their prerogative. But stalling important legislation to ensure our intelligence community is equipped to keep Americans safe is simply indefensible.

Democrats should stop playing politics with our national security, drop these partisan demands, and help us get this bill to the president’s desk as soon as possible.

That is a better way.

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The GI Bill Gets a 'Forever' Update

2017/07/24

The GI Bill helped build today’s middle class. It sent millions of World War II veterans to college, to work, and to the suburbs. Tom Brokaw called it “a brilliant and enduring commitment to the nation’s future.” One way we make sure that the GI Bill endures is by updating it to meet the times. So today the House is set to take action on the biggest GI bill expansion in a decade. Here’s what H.R. 3218 does:

  • Right now, veterans have to use their education benefits within 15 years of the end of their service. We’re taking those limits away. From now on, new servicemembers will be able to use the GI bill’s education benefits throughout their lifetimes. They will have the flexibility to get an education later in life. This is a big change, and it’s why we call this the #ForeverGIBill.
  • Another big change concerns post-9/11 Purple Heart recipients, who need to put in three years of service to receive full benefits. The new law will give full GI bill eligibility to all post-9/11 Purple Heart recipients, regardless of how long they have served.
  • And this GI Bill update gives veterans a better shot at in-demand science and technology jobs. A pilot program will help veterans take advantage of non-traditional technology courses. And benefits will be extended by nine months for veterans enrolled in STEM five-year degree programs. This is good news as we work to improve job training and close the skills gap.

The American Legion says this bill will mean “a new era for all who have honorably served in uniform, and for the nation as a whole.” According to Student Veterans of America, it will represent “a new era for education for veterans.” Just last month, the president signed into law major legislation to bring real accountability to the VA. Now we are building on this work, and we are going to keep at it so that our veterans and their families get the care and treatment they have earned.

To learn more, read the bill, and check out this background information from the Veterans Affairs Committee. 

Great news for those in uniform→House unanimously passed major legislation to improve & extend GI bill benefits for our vets. #ForeverGIBill pic.twitter.com/QJHJJYijTQ

— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) July 25, 2017
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Ryan: Don't Fall for the Tax Reform Cynics

2017/07/24

This past week, Speaker Ryan traveled to Lawrence, Massachusetts to meet employees at a New Balance factory—one of the business’s five facilities in New England. The speaker made the case for permanent, pro-growth tax reform, which will create jobs, raise wages, and increase American competitiveness. He also urged Americans to ignore cynics who say tax reform is too ambitious and too complicated to get done this year.

Read some of the latest news clips of the event below:  

“Speaker Paul D. Ryan has a message for American families who only hear cynical talk coming out of Washington: ‘Don’t fall for it.’ Specifically, the Wisconsin Republican was addressing cynicism surrounding his top legislative priority of rewriting the nation’s tax code, which he acknowledges will be a heavy lift. ‘It’s ambitious,’ he said, speaking at a New Balance athletic shoe factory in Lawrence, Mass. ‘There are a lot of people that say, ‘Oh gosh, this can’t be done.’ That’s what the cynical talk in Washington is like these days. . . . Don’t fall for it.’” (Roll Call)

“ Stressing the importance of keeping businesses in the United States, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, made his case for a Republican-backed tax overhaul plan as he toured a Massachusetts athletic shoe manufacturing facility Thursday. Ryan, who met with area business leaders during a visit to the New Balance factory in Lawrence, touted President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans' efforts to fix issues in the tax code that they argue impact competition and job creation.” (Mass Live)

“Ryan stressed the importance of tax reform to drive economic growth and add jobs. He used New Balance, manufacturing products in the U.S., as an example of a ‘great American success story,’ but pointed out that the thriving domestic company is a rarity these days. ‘Companies are fleeing this country,’ Ryan said, highlighting the high taxes for businesses in America compared to overseas. He said the rest of the world taxes businesses at an average rate of 22.5 percent, compared to America's rate of 35 to 40 percent.(Sentinel & Enterprise)

“New Balance makes 4 million pairs of sneakers in the U.S. every year, and owner Jim Davis told workers gathered around a podium at the factory that a friendlier tax code could incentivize his company to aggressively expand in the United States. Surrounded by sneakers in various stages of production, Ryan described this fall’s planned fix of the complicate tax code as a ‘once in a generation opportunity.’(Fox News)

“Ryan said tax reform would also include accelerating business expensing, double the standard deduction for individuals, and retain popular deductions for charity donations, home mortgages and retirement. ‘We have basically found where our consensus lies on these major issues, which we think are sort of the key cornerstones of tax reform,’ the Wisconsin Republican said.” (Reuters)

“Ryan said the GOP knows overhauling the tax system "needs to get done" because it is essential to boosting economic growth. Because of this consensus, Ryan said he is ‘very confident’ that his party can get it done this year. When asked about the corporate tax rate, Ryan said 20 percent is ‘very realistic.’ He said he's confident that the tax-writing committees will be able to lower rates because there's many ways of achieving those levels.” (CNBC)

“Addressing local business leaders and New Balance factory workers, Ryan said a simplified, streamlined tax code would goose the national economy, encouraging employers who have sent jobs overseas to bring them home. The Wisconsin Republican said the tax rates for all employers should come down from roughly 35 percent to closer to the average across the rest of the industrialized world of 22.5 percent. He said he wanted to eliminate loopholes and, for individual taxes, cut rates and consolidate deductions.” (Boston Globe)

“Ryan said the tax plan that Congressional Republicans and President Trump are developing would double the standard deduction—now at $6,350 for individuals and $12,700 for married couples filing jointly—and preserve a handful of itemized deductions, including for charitable contributions, retirement savings and buying a home.” (The Salem News)

“’Right now, we've got a tax code that no one really understands enforced by an agency that no one really likes — the IRS,’ Ryan told a group of workers. ‘We're going to simplify all of this.’ Ryan, speaking in the heavily Democratic state, delivered a stinging indictment of the current tax code, calling it inefficient, unfair and too complicated. He said the tax code puts U.S. businesses at a disadvantage against foreign competitors and overwhelms families who can't fill out their own tax forms.” (Fox Business)

Related:A Running Start on Tax Reform: Speaker Ryan Talks to Fox News (7/21/17)

Speaker Ryan Pitches Tax Reform in Lawrence, MA (7/20/17)

A Quick Update on Tax Reform (7/19/17)

A Made in America Tax Code (7/17/17)

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Ryan Takes Tax Reform Push on the Road

2017/07/21

Yesterday, Speaker Ryan spoke to employees at a New Balance factory in Lawrence, Massachusetts to make the case for pro-growth tax reform. The facility is one of five New Balance operates in New England. In his remarks, he argued that permanent tax reform will help create jobs and grow our economy.

Here are the top five moments:

Made In America Should Be The Rule

Companies are fleeing the US and taking good jobs with them. This must change. Made in America should be the rule—not the exception. pic.twitter.com/vomxTKbRWa

— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) July 20, 2017

Bring Jobs Back Home From Overseas

We must reform our business tax system to bring good-paying jobs back from overseas and increase our economic competitiveness. pic.twitter.com/ScQWPYVgbV

— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) July 20, 2017

We Are Going To Cut Taxes

We’re going to cut taxes, making it easier for families to get ahead. That’s what this is all about. Helping folks in small towns get ahead. pic.twitter.com/eYzyS9zq49

— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) July 20, 2017

A Level Playing Field For Our Businesses

We can’t continue to have one of the worst tax codes in the industrialized world. Our businesses aren't able to compete globally. pic.twitter.com/mSF5IjebA7

— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) July 21, 2017

2017 Is The Year We Get This Done

There are a lot of people who say it can't be done. But we will get tax reform done in 2017. We'll get this done for the American people. pic.twitter.com/POMo38TCQO

— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) July 21, 2017

Bonus Clip: Speaker Ryan also spoke with Fox News’ Peter Doocy about why, after 31 years since we last reformed our tax code, it’s time to get this done in 2017. Click here or below to watch the interview.

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A Running Start on Tax Reform: Speaker Ryan Talks to Fox News

2017/07/21

Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com

Thursday afternoon, Speaker Ryan visited New Balance’s factory in Lawrence, Massachusetts—the only major athletic shoe company to mass produce out of American factories. After the tour, he spoke with Fox News’ Peter Doocy about the need for transformational tax reform. Parts of the interview aired last night on Special Report and this morning on America’s Newsroom

Tax reform is coming in the fall: “We still can do tax reform regardless of what happens with health care reform. We’ve already put in a contingency plan for that, so we will do tax reform no matter what happens with respect to any other issue like health care reformbecause we know we have to do tax reform. It’s a once in a generation opportunity.”

Bipartisan progress on important issues: “Most of what we do in Congress is bipartisan. We just passed a huge overhaul of our military, a big upgrade in our military the other day, with a huge bipartisan vote, we overhauled the veterans administration, we just passed an overhaul of our career technical education system, a bill out of the house, about a month ago, big bipartisan vote.” 

In his remarks, Speaker Ryan talked about the benefits of simplifying our tax code for workers and families: 

“Imagine filling out your taxes on a form the size of a postcard. That’s what we’re talking about here. We’re talking about simplifying this thing so much that it’s so easy. You don’t have to go to a tax preparer, you don’t have to navigate all these rules and all these deductions, and all these loopholes, not knowing what it’s going to look like until you’re done with the process. Make it easy. Make it simple. Keep more of what you earn. And get the special interests out of it. And give people a postcard-type tax return. That’s what we’re talking about. That makes it easier for families. That makes it easier for workers. That helps grow the economy. That helps people in small towns like Janesville, Wisconsin or Lawrence, Massachusetts.

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Kate’s Law Is for Frank and his Family

2017/07/21

Recently, the House passed Kate’s Law, which cracks down on criminal illegal immigrants and the cities that shield them from prosecution. This law is important, not just for Kate, but for thousands of people across the country who are victims of violence from people who should not be here in the first place.

One of them was from my home district: Deputy Sheriff Frank Fabiano of Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Ten years ago, Frank was doing his job. He pulled over an individual that was driving recklessly and was endangering the lives of others.

What happened next is the nightmare of every police officer’s spouse: The driver, who was driving under the influence of both drugs and alcohol, shot Frank several times at point-blank range. Frank did not survive his injuries.

That driver was Ezeiquiel Lopez, an illegal immigrant with a significant criminal history. He should not have been in the United States. He fled the scene but was captured by local law enforcement. Lopez is now serving a life sentence in prison, but that will not bring Frank back to his wife, Amy, or his daughter, Angelina. She was just eight years old at the time, and just recently graduated high school. Her father couldn’t be there to see it. They deeply miss him every single day, and my heart goes out to both of them.

Frank was a local hero. A native of Kenosha, he was an eighteen-year veteran of the police force. He also served our country in the Marines. He saved a woman from a burning building. He received a Department Purple Heart for wounds he sustained from a gunshot while responding to a domestic abuse call. He should not have died at the hands of an illegal criminal.

This story haunts me and deepens my resolve. We must stop needless tragedies like this from taking place. We passed Kate’s Law in the House. The Senate must now take action. Kate’s Law— and other laws like it—must become the law of the land for Frank, his family, and countless other victims of such senseless tragedy.

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Speaker Ryan Pitches Tax Reform in Lawrence, MA

2017/07/20

LAWRENCE, MA—Today, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) delivered remarks on the need for pro-growth tax reform to employees at New Balance’s factory in Lawrence, Massachusetts—one of the company’s five athletic shoe manufacturing facilities in New England. Below are Speaker Ryan’s full remarks as delivered.

“Let me just say a few things. First, I’m thrilled to be here because I’m kind of a gym rat, and I’ve never seen what my shoes look like being made. So that’s actually a really cool thing to see. It’s just amazing—the skill and the craftsmanship that goes into each shoe, and the fact that you can now customize. Just amazing. So you should be really proud of the work that you put into this, and really proud of what you achieve right here in our country. So thank you for that.

“Look, the reason that I think this is a special place is because what you have built here, this is the American idea, this is the American dream, this is what this country is built on.

“This is a business founded by an immigrant more than a century ago that has been built into a multibillion-dollar leader in the industry worldwide. That is a great American story.

“It’s a business that is headquartered right here in Lawrence, right here in the United States, that employs thousands of Americans.

“It’s a business that proudly labels many of its products Made in America. I see the signs all over here.

“Heres the problem: Today, places like this, this is more the exception than the rule. That’s our problem.

“Companies are not flocking to the United States—companies are fleeing this country and taking their good jobs with them. They are not storing up their profits and their capital here—they are keeping them offshore. They are not making any of their products in America—they are making them in China. They are making them in India.

“In 1992, New Balance had an ad—I don’t know if you remember this—you had an ad that posed: If we can make great athletic shoes in America, why can’t our competition?

“Remember that ad?

“Well, here is one big reason why: Because we have the worst business tax code in the industrialized world. We are doing it to ourselves.

“The problem is we haven’t really done anything about it. It really is just what you said, Jim. It wasn’t since Tip O’Neill and Ronald Reagan. We haven’t addressed this issue since then. 1986. It’s the year I got my driver’s license. This is the last time we addressed our tax system, and whether or not it’s being competitive or not, and whether or not we are helping or hurting American businesses and American manufacturers.

“Here’s how crazy this system is. Right now, big businesses like this one, they pay a tax of at least 35 percent. Successful small businesses—that’s 8 of out 10 businesses in America—file their taxes [as individuals]. Successful small businesses, their top tax rate is 44.6 percent. So we’re taxing businesses, jobs creators, between 35 and almost 45 percent.

“Well, you know what overseas is like? Overseas, which were I come from means Lake Superior, I’m from Wisconsin. You know what they do overseas in Canada? They tax their businesses at 15 percent. Ireland is 12.5 percent. England is going down to 18 percent. China: 25 and going down. The rest of the world taxes their businesses at an average tax rate of 22.5 percent. We’re shooting ourselves in the foot. This is America saying we’re going to tax our job creators, our businesses, between like 35 and 45 percent. How can we possibly remain competitive with a tax code that actively works against us? And the answer is we can’t.

“So our plan is really simple. It is to get businesses competitive again.

“We are going to slash the corporate tax rate to level the playing field, and the businesses tax rate for all businesses, to level the playing field for companies like this. We’ve got to get these tax rates down. Because when we’re taxing our businesses at much, much higher tax rates than our foreign competitors are taxing theirs, we’re not going to win in that exchange.

“So what we need to do is we need to throw out those complicated loopholes, those deductions, those special-interest loopholes. And then we are going to create a new, lower tax rate specifically for manufacturers, for small businesses, for companies like this, for businesses across America, so they can actually compete.

“This will help bring good-paying jobs back from overseas and it’s going to increase our economic competitiveness.

“We are going to get rid of the ridiculous system that we have that tells American companies: Keep your money overseas. I mean literally what happens is companies that sell products like New Balance shoes overseas, they’ve got to keep that money overseas. They can’t bring it back. It’s ridiculous. We are the only country in the industrialized world that does this now.

“We literally have trillions of dollars parked overseas to avoid our tax system. This is money that could—and this is money that will—be reinvested in the American economy once our reform is in place. Let and encourage those companies to bring that money back home, reinvest in this country, reinvest in our people. Reinvest, pay taxes, build roads, get things done right here in America. That is so essential and so critical.

“So that is the business side of tax reform. Get our rates down. Make us competitive. Encourage companies to come back from overseas. We’ve got to reform that code because it is costing us jobs.

“Let’s talk about workers. Let’s talk about families.

“Right now, we got tax code that basically no one truly understands enforced by an agency no one really likes: the Internal Revenue Service. “Think about that sense of dread that you have not knowing how much you are going to pay. That feeling you get thinking about navigating all those forms and all those deductions. That feeling you get from the mere thought of having to deal with the IRS.

“We are going to simplify all of this. “First and foremost, we’re going to cut your taxes.

“You work hard, you work long, and the government’s quite honestly not making the best of it. I think you can do a whole lot more with your own money, keeping more of it in your own pocket, doing what you will with it, investing in your life, investing in your family. That helps grow this economy. “Next, we need to eliminate harmful and burdensome taxes like the death tax that makes it harder for families to pass businesses on to the next generation. “And finally, we will consolidate these deductions and we need to double the standard deduction, just to make the whole thing simplerso that you can save and make your life less stressful come tax season.

“Imagine this. Imagine filling out your taxes on a form the size of a postcard. That’s what we’re talking about here. We’re talking about simplifying this thing so much that it’s so easy. You don’t have to go to a tax preparer, you don’t have to navigate all these rules and all these deductions, and all these loopholes, not knowing what it’s going to look like until you’re done with the process. Make it easy. Make it simple. Keep more of what you earn. And get the special interests out of it. And give people a postcard-type tax return. That’s what we’re talking about.

“That makes it easier for families. That makes it easier for workers. That helps grow the economy. That helps people in small towns like Janesville, Wisconsin or Lawrence, Massachusetts.

“So that is basically a quick overview of what we want to achieve. And the reason we want to achieve this is it’s high time to do it.

“It’s ambitious. There are a lot of people who say oh gosh this can’t be done. I mean, not since 1986 has it been done. You’re going to see a lot of talk like that. That’s what the cynical talk in Washington is like these days and just about every day I’ve seen in Washington. Don’t fall for it.

“We’re going to get this done in 2017. We’re going to get this done because we have to get this done. The competitiveness of our economy. The viability of our jobs. Making sure that we can be competitive. That we can grow. That we can create. That we can raise families and have faster growth, and not just the economy, but our wages, our standard of living.

“We cannot miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. This is a once-in-a-generation moment.

“It is time to cut taxes and simplify the code.

“It is time to create jobs and grow our economy.

“It is time to restore this nation to its full potential.

“It is time to get this done for our fellow citizens, the American people.

And I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. You’ve been so fantastic. You’re working hard. You’re making a difference. You’re raising your families. You’re making us proud. You’re showing what a true American success story looks like. So thank you very much for having me. I really appreciate it.”

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Watch Speaker Ryan’s Remarks on Tax Reform

2017/07/20

This afternoon, Speaker Ryan will deliver remarks on the need for pro-growth tax reform to employees at New Balance’s factory in Lawrence, Massachusetts—one of the company’s five athletic shoe manufacturing facilities in New England. The speaker will discuss how tax reform will create jobs and grow our economy.

Watch the remarks live at 3:15 p.m. ET on speaker.gov/live.

As always, be sure to follow along on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for live behind-the-scenes updates.

To learn more about our efforts to reform the broken tax code, visit speaker.gov and check out the links below.

A Quick Update on Tax Reform (7/19/17)

A Made in America Tax Code (7/17/17)

TODAY: Key Hearing on How Tax Reform Will Help Small Businesses (7/13/17)

Tax Reform Will Happen in 2017 (7/6/17)

Transformational Tax Reform in 2017 (7/5/17)

Here’s Why Tax Cuts Must Be Permanent: (6/22/17)

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Congress Reauthorizes Department of Homeland Security

2017/07/20

WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement on the Department of Homeland Security Authorization Act:

“Created in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks, the Department of Homeland Security works to protect our nation. Today, Congress ensured that the Department of Homeland Security has the resources it needs to keep terrorists, traffickers, and smugglers out of the United States. This legislation is the first reauthorization of DHS since its creation, and it addresses the ever-evolving threats of our dangerous world. It also supports our nation’s first responders who put themselves in harm’s way every day. I applaud the overwhelming bipartisan passage of this legislation.” 

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Statement on Senator John McCain

2017/07/20

WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement on Senator John McCain:

“John McCain has always been a warrior. It’s who he is. I know John is going to fight this with the same sheer force of will that has earned him the admiration of the nation. And all of us, not as Republicans or Democrats, but as Americans, are behind him. The prayers of the whole House are with Senator McCain and his family.”

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Speaker Ryan on the Radio: "We won’t be distracted"

2017/07/19

This morning, Speaker Ryan called into The Mike Gallagher Show, and the two discussed all the progress we’re making here in the House. Listen to the full interview and check out these excerpts below.

“If you turn on the TV it says Russia this and Russia that and countdown clocks and all this stuff. We’re doing a lot of other things here in the Congress, we’re not letting that stuff distract us. We have done so much of our agenda already in the House in the first six months. Welfare reform and tax reform are the two big things we’ve got to do to complete our year for our fall agenda and infrastructure. We passed the biggest increase in border security, that’s already in law. We passed the biggest pay raise for our military in 8 years. We’ve passed landmark VA reform, overhauling the Veterans Administration. The day Jim Comey was testifying in the Senate, nobody knows this, but we passed in the House our repeal and replace of the Dodd Frank Law. We’ve passed Kate’s Law, sanctuary cities reform, we’ve repealed in law 14 Obama era regulations. We’ve passed obviously our repeal and replace. We’ve advanced new pro-life protections. We’ve restarted the school choice program in DC. We’ve done a lot of energy legislation, opening up American energy production. So we’ve done all of those things in the first 6 months.”

“We’ve got this chance, it’s a chance of a generation to get our country back on track, to get us off this progressive path we were on and we just cannot screw it up. We’ve got to get it done.”

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A Quick Update on Tax Reform

2017/07/19

Here’s a quick update on our work to replace the broken tax code with a system that increases American competitiveness and cuts taxes for American families:

READ the House Republican budget, which not only balances in ten years and tackles our debt crisis, but also paves the way for transformational tax reform, at balancedbudget.gop. The Budget Committee will markup the budget at 10:00 a.m. ET this morning.

WATCH Speaker Ryan’s remarks at New Balance in Lawrence, Massachusetts tomorrow at 3:15 p.m. ET on how tax reform will make America the greatest place in the world to do business. Tune in at speaker.gov/live.

LEARN more about how tax reform will raise wages, boost income, and simplify the tax filing process for hardworking Americans. The Ways and Means Tax Subcommittee will hold a hearing at 2:00 p.m. ET, which you can watch live here.

We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity for transformational tax reform. Now is our chance to seize this moment and get this done for the American people in 2017.

Related:

A Made in America Tax Code (7/17/17)

TODAY: Key Hearing on How Tax Reform Will Help Small Businesses (7/13/17)

Transformational Tax Reform in 2017 (7/5/17)

Here’s Why Tax Cuts Must Be Permanent: (6/22/17)

FULL TEXT: Speaker Ryan’s First Major Speech on Tax Reform (6/20/17)

Four Things Before Today’s Tax Reform Speech (6/20/17)

Tax Reform: More Jobs, Higher Wages, and Renewed Confidence (6/19/17)

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Speaker Ryan to Talk Tax Reform, Tour New Balance Factory in Massachusetts

2017/07/18

WASHINGTON—On Thursday, July 20, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) will be in Lawrence, Massachusetts, to visit the New Balance factory—one of the company’s five athletic shoe manufacturing facilities in New England. Speaker Ryan will participate in a business leader roundtable, tour the factory, and promote the historic tax reform plan currently being developed by the House, Senate, and Trump administration.

Members of the media are invited to cover the top of the roundtable, a brief segment of the factory tour, Speaker Ryan’s remarks, and to participate in media Q&A. 

Details: Speaker Ryan to Tour Massachusetts New Balance Factory  5 S. Union St., Lawrence, MA 01843 Thursday, July 20, at 2:00 p.m. ET

2:00–3:10 p.m. ET PHOTO SPRAY/B-ROLL: New Balance Roundtable, Factory Tour Members of the media are invited for a pooled photo spray at the beginning of the roundtable and during a brief segment of Speaker Ryan’s factory tour. Portable, off-the-shoulder cuts cameras only; no tripods.

3:15 p.m. ET REMARKS/Q&A: Speaker Ryan’s Update on Tax Reform Following the tour, members of the media are invited to cover Speaker Ryan’s remarks and participate in a brief Q&A.

Due to space limitations, RSVPs will be accepted until at capacity. Media must RSVP to Molly Edwards at molly.edwards@mail.house.gov by 9:00 a.m. ET on Thursday, July 20, and receive confirmation to gain entry. Media must present valid press credentials upon arrival. For safety reasons, all attendees must wear closed-toed shoes to be allowed on the factory floor.

Doors open at 12:00 p.m. ET sharp. As this is a working factory, this time will be strictly enforced. All media with large equipment must be pre-set by 1:00 p.m. ET for the security sweep. Satellite trucks may park on the southwest corner in the rear parking lot/loading dock area. 

NOTE: Speaker Ryan’s remarks will be live-streamed on speaker.gov/live.

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School Choice Helped These Students Get Ahead

2017/07/18

Today on the Speaker’s Balcony, we welcomed students who have received a quality education with the help of school choice programs. Here from around the country--including Wisconsin, of course--they are on Capitol Hill to share their stories about the difference these initiatives have made in their lives. Their message is simple: school choice works.

This spring, Congress took action to expand school choice, increasing support for charter schools, and saving the groundbreaking DC Opportunity Scholarship Program. It is the only program in America where the federal government empowers parents to pick the schools that best meet their kids’ needs.  The Washington Post reported that advocates for the program “were relieved after spending years fighting for its survival.” We have turned the page on years of uncertainty, and most importantly, put a better education in the reach of more children.

“When we give more families a choice, more students succeed.” -Speaker Ryan

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More Energy, Lower Taxes, and A Balanced Budget: Speaker Ryan’s Remarks from Leadership Presser

2017/07/18

 

Summary: Today at a press conference with Republican leaders, Speaker Ryan discussed America’s energy potential, tax reform, and the budget introduced today by the House Budget Committee. Opening Remarks:

“Every day, we are pressing ahead on addressing the problems that Americans face in their everyday lives. That is why we continue to take action to free up America's energy potential. The potential we have in this country for energy is limitless. It’s exciting. And that’s why we’re taking action this week. And I want to also thank Markwayne Mullin for his hard work on this particular issue. “For families, this means lower prices. It means more jobs. It means more opportunities for our manufacturers, more opportunities for small businesses to grow and create. That is why we are working on also reforming our tax code. “Tomorrow, the Ways and Means Committee will hold another tax reform hearing. This one focuses the need to simplify the tax code for families. Under the status quo, we’ve got this complicated system where you have to navigate all these forms, all these deductions, not to mention deal with the Internal Revenue Service. “It’s too confusing. It’s too expensive. And we want to simplify the tax code and bring down rates to give people real relief and real peace of mind. And to set the stage for tax reform, we’re working on a balanced budget.

“This morning, Chairman Black released a budget that balances the budget in 10 years and tackles our debt crisis. I want to commend her for her leadership, and I want to commend the members of the Budget Committee for putting this bill together. This plan will mean more jobs and more growth, a stronger national defense, and real reforms to the way the federal government serves taxpayers. We look forward to the Budget Committee continuing their action and moving the bill through committee this week.  

“These are just a few examples of how we are pressing ahead to address the problems that people face in their everyday lives.”

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A Made in America Tax Code

2017/07/17

At 3 p.m. ET today, President Trump will host an event at the White House showcasing products that are Made in America. All 50 states will be represented, including Pierce Manufacturing from Appleton, Wisconsin. The president will use this as an opportunity to stress the importance of keeping businesses in the United States and bringing jobs back home from overseas.

So how do we actually get there?

It starts with enacting commonsense, pro-growth tax reform. Speaker Ryan discussed this in a speech to the National Association of Manufacturers last month:

"Today, U.S. companies are leaving to become foreign companies, when it should be the other way around. We want foreign companies to become U.S. companies. We must think differently, so that once again we make things here and export them around the world. There are a number of ways to achieve this—we in the House have our own idea—and that is one of the things that we are discussing with the administration. But the bottom line here is this: We cannot accept a system that perpetuates the drain of American businesses overseas.”

As we speak, the House, Senate, and White House are working on a plan to fundamentally fix our broken tax code. And here in the House, the Ways and Means Committee is holding open hearings to discuss the benefits of tax reform for individuals and businesses. The next one will take place on Wednesday afternoon.

The nonpartisan Tax Foundation estimates that our blueprint will leapfrog our economy ahead of our competitors, create 1.7 million new full-time jobs, and raise average household incomes by 8.7 percent after taxes.

That’s why we are so committed to delivering a Made in America tax code in 2017. This is the promise we made to the American people, and we intend to keep it.

To learn more, visit speaker.gov or check out the links below:

TODAY: Key Hearing on How Tax Reform Will Help Small Businesses (7/13/17)

Transformational Tax Reform in 2017 (7/5/17)

Here’s Why Tax Cuts Must Be Permanent: (6/22/17)

FULL TEXT: Speaker Ryan’s First Major Speech on Tax Reform (6/20/17)

Four Things Before Today’s Tax Reform Speech (6/20/17)

Tax Reform: More Jobs, Higher Wages, and Renewed Confidence (6/19/17)

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Speaker Ryan assesses flood damage in Wisconsin

2017/07/14

Over the last few days, Wisconsinites in southeastern Wisconsin—particularly Racine, Kenosha, and Walworth counties—have suffered from devastating floods. Last night, Speaker Ryan toured the area with Burlington Mayor Jeannie Hefty and first responders to assess the damage firsthand.

First responders from counties all over Wisconsin, and even some from Illinois, have come to help people in Burlington. When our friends and neighbors face crises, it’s important to come together to support one another. As Speaker Ryan said:

“I just want to say how impressed I am with this community. I am so impressed with our first responders. I want to say ‘thank you’ to our first responders. I am just so thankful that there has not been a loss of life.”

 

LIVE: House Speaker Paul Ryan talks to reporters after floods soak parts of his district

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Defense Bill Provides Biggest Troop Pay Raise In Eight Years

2017/07/14

The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act is important for many reasons. It takes steps to rebuild our military for the 21st century. It increases funding for missile defense research and development. And it reforms our acquisition process to make it leaner and more cost-efficient.

One more thing: This bill fully funds a well-deserved pay raise for our troops—the largest in eight years. It also extends special pay and bonuses. More from Federal News Radio:

"The House Armed Services’ Personnel Subcommittee is recommending a 2.4 percent pay raise for those in the military, and it wants to add 17,000 troops to the Army."

Indeed, our servicemembers and their families make enormous sacrifices to defend this country. These brave men and women risk their lives on the frontlines to ensure we can live freely and safely here at home. They don’t ask for much, but this is the least we can do to say thank you.

As Speaker Ryan said this week, “With this defense bill, we are working to make sure that our Armed Forces have the tools and the resources that they need to defeat terror. This is the next step in keeping our promise to rebuild our military for the 21st century and the threats that it encapsulates. It includes support for military families, and honestly, a really well-deserved pay raise for our troops.”

Republicans and Democrats recently joined together to pass this bill out of the Armed Services Committee by a vote of 60-1. We hope that, in the spirit of supporting our troops, that bipartisanship will continue on the House floor today.

Click here to learn more about the bill, and visit speaker.gov for additional updates.

BREAKING NEWS → The House just voted 344 to 81 to give our troops a well-deserved pay raise—their largest increase in 8 years. pic.twitter.com/4is7wMWyZM

— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) July 14, 2017
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Speaker Ryan Talks House’s Busy Week at Weekly Press Conference

2017/07/13

 

Today, Speaker Ryan discussed the myriad of issues the House is tackling this week, like human trafficking legislation, tax reform, and the annual national defense bill.

“The House continues to take action on issues that affect people in their everyday lives. “Yesterday, the House passed three more bipartisan initiatives to combat human trafficking.   “Today, the Ways and Means Committee is holding another hearing on tax reform. This one focuses on the struggles that small businesses are facing under the current tax code. Under this crazy system we have, successful small businesses pay a top marginal tax rate as high as 44.6 percent. They cannot compete like that. This is one of the reasons this is so important that we reform our tax code: to level the playing field for more jobs and for more growth. This is essential if we’re ever going to get our economy growing at its potential. “Then tomorrow, the House is set to take action on our annual national defense bill. This is the next step in keeping our promise to rebuild our military for the 21st century. And this will give our troops a well-deserved, fully-funded pay raise. “So these are just a few big issues we’re making progress on this week.”

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