Speaker of the House

Paul Ryan

Tax Cuts: A Big Deal for Small Biz

2018/02/23

The results are clear: Tax reform is working. As you know, a growing list of top businesses are sharing the benefits of historic tax cuts with workers.

While many companies handing out bonuses are household names (i.e. Disney and Walmart), there are scores of small businesses doing the same. 

As Speaker Ryan said last week, “In less than eight weeks, we have tracked nearly 350 companies that have handed out bonuses as a result of tax reform . . . and we know that there are plenty of other small businesses who are doing the same that are just doing it under the radar.”

In fact, according to a recent survey, confidence among small-business owners just hit a record high, driven by tax reform. Small businesses are the engine of our economy, so this means more jobs and more opportunity in communities across the country.

Here is a handful of the many recent examples of how tax reform is working for America’s small businesses:

· Haciendas at Grace Village: This New Mexico-based assisted living and memory care facility announced that it will be hiring more employees and be giving existing employees a pay raise. CEO Gary Coppedge said, “The decision was not firmly made until the tax reform went through.” 

· Xante Corp.: Located in Mobile, Alabama, this small business provides high-end printers and related software. After enactment of tax reform, with Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL) on hand, CEO Robert Ross handed out$1,200 bonus checks to employees. Ross said the new tax law “allows us to fund new businesses within our business," and would lead to “a new level of growth for our company.”

· Citizens Bank of West Virginia: All 66 of Citizens Bank employees received a $1,000 bonus earlier this week. Citizens Board Chairman Max L. Armentrout said, “There are several ways we will put the tax savings to work for Citizens. However, we are most excited about paying this bonus to the great employees we have working at our bank, serving our customers and shareholders.” One employee said, “This money is going to go a long way in helping me pay down my college loan.”

· Quake Manufacturing: This twelve-man machine shop in Fort Wayne, Indiana used the tax savings to award employees with a $1,000 bonus, along with long-term disability, short-term disability, dental insurance, and a paid gym membership.

· Sheely’s Furniture and Appliance: This Ohio-based company rewarded workers with bonus checks of $1,000 for full-time employees and $500 for part-time employees. Jeff Curry, Sheely’s general manager, said of the announcement, “We had employees crying from joy. It will make good morale great. It will put money in the economy. We have such loyal and dedicated employees. We are blessed to be able to give back to them.”

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Speaker Ryan Announces Appointees to Bipartisan Budget Select Committees

2018/02/22

WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) today announced his appointees to two bipartisan, House-Senate select committees, including a panel that will pursue reforms to the budget and appropriations process. 

These joint select committees were established under the recently enacted Bipartisan Budget Act. Speaker Ryan’s appointees, announced during this morning’s House session, serve on committees with legislative jurisdiction over these issues.

Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform

Speaker Ryan has named the following lawmakers to this select committee, which is charged with advancing reforms to the budget and appropriations process:

  • Rep. Steve Womack (R-AR), chairman of the House Budget Committee
  • Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX), chairman of the House Rules Committee
  • Rep. Rob Woodall (R-GA), House Budget Committee
  • Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-TX), House Budget Committee

Our budget process is broken, and this is a chance to make real changes,” Speaker Ryan said. “Both parties—and just as importantly, both the House and the Senate—have to come to the table and figure out how to do better for the taxpayer. A working budget process is vital to tackling our pressing fiscal challenges.”

Joint Select Committee on the Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans

Speaker Ryan has named the following lawmakers to this select committee, which is charged with improving the solvency of multiemployer pension plans and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC):

  • Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee
  • Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN), House Education and the Workforce Committee
  • Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL), House Ways and Means Committee
  • Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ), House Ways and Means Committee 

“It is critical that we address the stability of multiemployer pension plans, and the overall solvency of the PBGC,” Speaker Ryan said. “The select committee should seize this opportunity to forge a bipartisan solution that protects retirees, workers, and taxpayers.” 

Additional Background

  • The Bipartisan Budget Act requires the joint select committees to hold public hearings, and vote on their findings and legislative recommendations no later than November 30, 2018. If approved, those recommendations would be submitted for consideration by the House and Senate. The select committees will be dissolved no later than December 31, 2018.
  • Each panel has 16 members, divided equally between the House and Senate, with four appointees each by the Speaker, the Senate Majority Leader, the Senate Democratic Leader, and the House Democratic Leader. Speaker Ryan and Leader Pelosi’s appointees were named during this morning’s House session.
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With a Worker Shortage, It’s Time to Develop America’s Workforce

2018/02/22

As you have probably heard by now, the new tax law is having overwhelmingly positive effects on the economy. American workers are seeing more take-home pay, higher wages, and better benefits. And while the good tax news keeps rolling in, it’s important to recognize that our economy can only reach its full potential if its people are fully engaged. Unfortunately, that’s not the case right now.

The reality is that the United States is facing a worker shortage. As the Washington Posdefined it recently: "2018’s challenge: Too many jobs, not enough workers."

Many reasons account for this challenge: a changing economy, a widening skills gap, a low labor force participation rate (the amount of people who work or are looking for work), and a welfare system that often provides the wrong incentives. 

Consider these stats: 

  • Seven million men are currently missing from the workforce. 
  • As of June 2015, one in seven 16–24 year olds were neither in school nor working, adding up to more than 5.5 million “disconnected” youth nationwide.
  • Low-income families are trapped in an endless cycle of poverty, “shuffling them from program to program instead of helping them break free altogether.”

With so many missing workers, American businesses are having a hard time filling their vacancies with workers possessing the right skills. A recent poll found that 45 percent of midsize business leaders are “concerned about the limited supply of talented job applicants.” Last month, the Federal Reserve released a study highlighting such labor shortages. In Boston, “one manufacturer was three months behind schedule in trying to hire workers for a new plant.” In Richmond, a trucking company reported that a lack of workers had “left many trucks sitting idle.” In Dallas, “labor shortages persisted, with several reports that difficulty hiring was impeding growth.”

There are jobs available, people without work, and yet a gap persists. 

This isn’t a new phenomenon. It’s why the House has passed bipartisan legislation, like a bill to measure program effectiveness and one to better help people overcome the skills gap and get back into the workforce. But what is a newer phenomenon is a booming economy thirsting for labor. Indeed, the economy is in prime condition for people to enter the workforce

We just have to connect people with the opportunities to realize the American Idea. That’s why, with so much untapped potential sitting on the sidelines, Congress should continue to advance policies that incentivize work, foster independence, and help people escape poverty.

Now is the time to help smooth the pathway from welfare to work by prioritizing workforce development.

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Rev. Billy Graham to Lie in Honor in U.S. Capitol Rotunda

2018/02/22

WASHINGTONOn Wednesday, February 28, the late Rev. Billy Graham will be brought to the U.S. Capitol, where he will lie in honor in the Rotunda until Thursday, March 1. Members of the public and Capitol Hill community are invited to pay their respects to the late reverend while he lies in rest. Further logistical information and media guidance will be issued in the coming days.

Upon the arrival of Rev. Graham’s casketHouse Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will take part in a bicameral service. 

Rev. Billy Graham was an American evangelist and minister, internationally known for his devout faith, inherent humility, and inclusive nature. Born in 1918, he spread the gospel in 185 countries during his 99 years on Earth, touching the lives of many and forever changing the course of the world’s spiritual health. He served as an advisor to 12 consecutive U.S. presidents and reached millions more through radio, television, and film. Rev. Graham is survived by his five children and multiple grand- and great-grandchildren, fellow North Carolinians, and brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ.

Read Speaker Ryan and Leader McConnell’s formal letter of invitation to Rev. Franklin Graham here. For more on the life of Rev. Graham, see Speaker Ryan’s statement issued after news of his passing. 

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Customers in At Least 39 States to See Lowered Utility Bills as a Result of Tax Reform

2018/02/21

Yes, tax reform is resulting in more take-home pay, better benefits, and hard-earned bonuses for Americans. Ninety percent of Americans will start seeing more take-home pay by the end of this month, and to date we have tracked over 4.7 million workers have received a total of over $2.8 billion in bonuses. And that’s great news. But these aren't the only ways that tax reform is helping middle-income families.

Utility companies are passing along their savings from a lowered corporate tax rate on to customers by way of lower utility bills. To date, we have tracked utility companies in at least 39 states that have taken action to decrease the utility bills of almost 80 million customers from coast to coast.

On top of that, there are 10 more states whose public utilities commissions have ordered companies to track their tax savings and investigate ways to pass those on to customers. Companies like Duke Energy Florida and Florida Power and Light are using their tax savings to cover the costs of repairs from Hurricane Irma instead of charging customers. This decision will save customers an average of $187.20 and $250, respectively.

A lower utility bill each month is a big deal for so many families—these aren’t just more “crumbs.” As Speaker Ryan said recently:

“Look, where I come from…it’s pretty cold right now. Your energy costs are very high. And what we’re seeing is all these utility companies are now saying they’re passing through the tax savings on to the rate payers. So if you’re low income, if you’re living paycheck-to-paycheck, if you’re having a hard time just heating your house? This is real relief that’s real tangible.”

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Statement on the Passing of the Rev. Billy Graham

2018/02/21

WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement this morning on the passing of the Rev. Billy Graham:

“The life and ministry of the Rev. Billy Graham was dedicated to a sweeping mission: proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ to every part of the world. Rev. Graham preached, in person, to more than 200 million people in 185 countries. Through books, radio, and television, he brought the Word of God into countless homes.

“As soaring a figure as he was, Rev. Graham connected with people on an elemental level. His reach was rooted in decency, humility, and love. He set a tone of ecumenical inclusion, advocated civil rights, and refused to accept the segregation of those attending his crusades. Rev. Graham’s service is a testament that, with faith in God, one person can do so much good for the world.

“Beyond his achievements as a preacher and counselor to presidents, Rev. Graham will be remembered as a devoted husband to the late Ruth Bell Graham and a loving family man. The whole House sends its condolences to the Graham family at this time of loss.”

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How Tax Reform Keeps Defying the Skeptics and Gaining Support

2018/02/20

Tax reform continues to gain public support and drive record optimism, even as Washington Democrats still insist it’s all just ”crumbs”:

  • Tax Overhaul Gains Public Support, Buoying Republicans. The tax overhaul that President Trump signed into law now has more supporters than opponents. . . ‘Public opinion is moving in the direction of this bill,’ said Jon Cohen, chief research officer for SurveyMonkey. ‘Considering where it was, it is dramatically different.’” (The New York Times)
  • U.S. Consumer Sentiment Jumps After Tax Cuts Blunt Stock Gyrations. The rise in sentiment, which surpassed the forecasts of all analysts surveyed by Bloomberg, comes as Americans’ paychecks are getting bigger due to the implementation of tax cuts. . .” (Bloomberg)
  • Small-business confidence hits record high in 2018 after Trump tax-reform win. . . . Small-business confidence is surging in 2018 as optimism rises among small-business owners about the newly enacted tax-reform package. . .” (CNBC)

Let’s go back to December, before the bill became law, when the Times featured this quote from Jason Furman, a former Obama economic adviser: “Nothing in my experience suggests that the views people have about the tax cuts—whether justified or not—will change after they start actually being affected by them.” Tax reform is defying the skeptics, and it’s not hard to figure out why. The law is keeping its promises to America's workers: more take-home pay, higher wages, better benefits, offshore profits coming home, and more.

Indeed, looking at how support for the law has jumped by 14 points in its survey since December, the Times shares some anecdotes from around the country. For example, a project manager for a plumbing company in Springfield, MO tells the paper, “everyone seems to be a little more upbeat”: “A few days ago, she called a contractor to move forward with a long-delayed plan to replace the roof on her house.” Beyond the banner announcements about bonuses and investments are these day-to-day stories of how tax reform is helping to improve people’s lives, and their outlook for the future. So this picture is indeed “dramatically different” from where things were before tax reform took effect. It is all certainly different from whatever bubble in which Washington Democrats are “starting to get worried,” “struggling to cope,” and “scrambling for a cohesive message” about tax reform. Yeah, just going turn this over to Jerry:

Meanwhile, we haven’t even reached the end of February, by which point 90 percent of wage earners are due to see more money in their paychecks because of tax reform. Tax reform is working.

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Statement on DOJ Indictments Against Russian Nationals and Entities

2018/02/16

WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) today issued the following statement after the Department of Justice announced indictments against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities for interfering with the 2016 U.S. presidential election:

“We have known that Russians meddled in the election, but these indictments detail the extent of the subterfuge. These Russians engaged in a sinister and systematic attack on our political system. It was a conspiracy to subvert the process, and take aim at democracy itself. Today’s announcement underscores why we need to follow the facts and work to protect the integrity of future elections.”

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‘A Big Deal to a Lot of People’: Speaker Ryan’s Latest Tax Cuts Radio Tour

2018/02/16

This week, Speaker Ryan embarked on his latest regional radio tour to discuss how Americans are seeing more money in their paychecks from historic tax reform. Listen to the interviews and check out the excerpts below.

Indianapolis, IN - 93 WIBC

Speaker Ryan: “By the end of this month, because of tax reform, 90 percent of workers in America will see their paychecks grow as a result of tax reform. That means more take-home pay, because lower tax rates are kicking in—people keeping more of what they earn. Look at all the announcements—350 companies we’ve seen so far, announcing $2.7 billion in bonuses to more than 4.7 million Americans . . . You’re there in Indy, right? Anthem, you saw their recent announcement? $1,000 bonuses to 58,000 employees. FedEx with a $1.5 billion investment in their hub in Indianapolis. Aramark says they are going to double their workforce over the next 5-10 years. . . .You see this kind of news all over the country: bonuses, investments, massive repatriation . . . You’re seeing businesses growing, businesses confident, wages going up, economic growth being faster, more jobs being created, and hundreds of billions of dollars coming back into this country to be invested, because of tax reform.”   Milwaukee, WI - 1130 WISN 

Speaker Ryan: “Look at American Family—$1,000 bonuses to their employees, 11,000 workers. Associated Bank up in Green Bay raised their minimum wage up from $10 an hour, to $15 an hour. Johnson Bank raised their minimum wage. . . . So that’s the kind of stuff you’re seeing—bonuses, bigger paychecks, bigger wage increases, and much more investment by companies. . . . It took 31 years to get it done, and we’re already instantly seeing a big difference. . . . The average family of four is going to get over $2,000 in Wisconsin in their paycheck from the tax cut and their withholding tables should start reflecting that by the end of this month.”  Philadelphia, PA - WPHT 1210

Speaker Ryan: You’re in Philly. Comcast: $1,000 bonuses to 100,000 employees, $50 billion over the next five years of investments infrastructure, which are real jobs. Meridian Bank raised their minimum wage to $15 an hour. American Bank, Fidelity, Nextier, I mean all giving bonuses to their employees . . . The average tax cut in [Rep.] Ryan Costello’s district and [Rep.] Fitzpatrick’s district, it’s over $3,000. So people are seeing bigger take-home pay, they’re seeing businesses give bonuses, they are seeing wages be raised, and they are seeing businesses invest more money. . . . What’s happening is the tax cuts are working, tax reform is setting in, American businesses are more competitive, and they are investing in America, they are staying in America, they are putting capital in America—which will give us better jobs, higher wages, and more take-home pay. And it’s working. And people are kind of surprised because they heard all this horrible rhetoric from the Democrats. Well now they are seeing with their own eyes what this really is.” 

Speaker Ryan: “They call it ‘crumbs.’ To me, it’s just the height of condescension and arrogance to think that somebody getting a $1,000 bonus is nothing—that’s just crazy. My wife and I were working the concession stand at our kid’s school a couple weeks ago, and a buddy of mine who works at Home Depot said that the bonus he got and the higher paycheck he got is paying for his car payment. I mean it’s a big deal. A big deal to a lot of people.”

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As It Keeps Its Promises, ‘Tax Reform Is on the Upswing’

2018/02/16

Two months after the historic legislation became law, the results from tax reform are steamrolling the rhetoric and fear-mongering from its opponents. Rather than the bogus tax hikes Washington Democrats warned of, people are seeing bigger paychecks. Rather than “armageddon," workers are getting bonuses, money is flowing into the economy, and economic confidence is soaring. 

As a result, support for the law is growing and the Democrats are struggling to explain why they opposed something that is making life better for so many Americans. As CNN put it, Democrats have been "[c]aught flat-footed by the suddenly increasing popularity of the GOP tax plan.” Indeed, poll after poll shows “tax reform is on the upswing.” That’s because, as predicted, tax reform is:

Helping Workers

Republicans promised that corporate tax reform would benefit workers. And it is. Wages are going up. Benefits are improving. And, of course, there are millions of workers receiving bonuses thanks to tax reform. Washington Democratsat least some of them anyway—dismiss the billions of dollars families have received so far as “crumbs." But to real people, these bonuses are a big deal.

Growing Paychecks

Most importantly, Republicans promised that tax reform would create bigger paychecks for Americans. And it is. Millions of Americans have noticed the surprise of more money in their bank accounts this month, thanks to tax reform. According to the Treasury Department, 90 percent of wage earners will see this change by the end of the month. 

Bringing Back Offshore Profits

Republicans promised corporate cash parked offshore would come back into the American economy. And it is. Apple made a huge announcement about cash coming back soon after the law was enacted. And just this week, there was more good news, as “[t]ech company Cisco said Wednesday it plans to repatriate $67 billion in foreign profits in the coming months…It's the latest big U.S. company to map out its plans to bring home cash that has been stashed overseas for years.”

Stemming Corporate Inversions

Republicans promised companies would reverse decisions to relocate headquarters overseas. And they have. We’ve already seen at least one company reverse its announced decision to leave. That’s because no longer do our foreign competitors have a leg up on America. The law is even triggering regret for companies that had already left the United States. 

Fueling Confidence

Ultimately, tax reform is all about making it easier for people to get ahead and giving them greater confidence in their lives. And it is doing both. General satisfaction of Americans is on the rise. More specifically, economic confidence is soaring. A recent poll found Americans' satisfaction in the economy is at a 17-year high. 

It’s still early, but there’s no denying initial results of tax reform have been overwhelmingly positive—and Americans have taken notice. As a result, "Democrats are left with few options to counter the Republican narrative that the GOP-led economy is working.” More importantly, the law is helping to improve people’s lives. 

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Speaker Ryan Announces Appointment of Mike Ptasienski as House Inspector General

2018/02/15

WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) today announced the appointment of Mike Ptasienski to serve as the fifth Inspector General of the House of Representatives. This appointment, made official on the House floor this afternoon, was done in consultation with the Majority Leader and the Democratic Leader. Ptasienski has served as Acting Inspector General since last October.

“Over his nearly 10 years of service in the House, Mike Ptasienski has become widely respected for his commitment to the integrity and accountability of all House operations,” Speaker Ryan said. “Mike recognizes the critical role that the Inspector General plays in strengthening the House as an institution, and I look forward to working with him in his new capacity.”

First established in 1992, the Office of Inspector General provides recommendations for improving House operations. A native of Waukegan, Illinois and graduate of Knox College with 25 years of audit and project management experience, Ptasienski first joined the Office of Inspector General in May 2008.

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Speaker Ryan’s Remarks on Parkland, FL Shooting

2018/02/15

Today, Speaker Ryan called on Americans to unite in prayer and resolve for the victims and families involved in yesterday’s shooting in Parkland, FL:  

“We have lowered the flags here in the Capitol to half-staff. Our first thoughts are with the families of those who were lost. We know at least five people right now are fighting for their lives, and we need to pray for each one of those people who are fighting for their lives right now. We also just thank God for law enforcement and for the heroes in this school. 

“I just want to offer this: There are a lot of worries that come with being a parent of teenagers. We have got three of them. But this is—this is the nightmare. This is pure evil. For these kids, yesterday should have just been a typical high school day. In an instant, this became the worst day of their lives. 

“You know, I was looking at this this morning. I go back to this message that one of the students sent to her mom. She said, ‘If I don't make it, I love you, and I appreciate everything you did for me.’

“I mean, all that fear, that terror—for her to think of love and even gratitude for her parents. We can learn a lot from our kids.

“This is one of those moments where we just need to step back and count our blessings. We need to think less about taking sides and fighting each other politically and just pulling together. This House, and the whole country, stands with the Parkland community.” 

 

 

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Statement on Parkland, FL Shooting

2018/02/14

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

"This is an unspeakable tragedy. It is nothing short of true evil to attack innocent children. While we now wait to learn more, we are so grateful to law enforcement and all those who brought this horror to an end. Let us all keep the victims in our hearts. A long night lies ahead for many families. Right now, the whole country is standing with the Parkland community."

 

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Tax Cuts Triumph: Speaker Ryan’s Opening Remarks from Leadership Presser

2018/02/14

Summary: Today, Speaker Ryan discussed the ongoing triumphs hardworking Americans are seeing thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Opening Statement:

“First of all, as you just heard from the other leaders: You know, tax reform is something we fought for to help all those Americans who are living paycheck-to-paycheck, who are struggling to make ends meet. And we’re really pleased to see the success. Right before Christmas, when this thing became law, workers started to get word that they’re going to get a bonus. They started to get word that maybe they’re going to get a raise for the first time in many years. They started to get word that maybe their benefits were going to improve, or maybe a bigger 401(k) match.

“In less than eight weeks, we have tracked nearly 350 companies that have handed out bonuses as a result of tax reform. Every day we hear more about this. And we know that there are plenty of other small businesses who are doing the same that are just doing it under the radar; that aren’t on CNBC or on television. This adds up to a lot of good news that millions of people can bring home to their families. The list keeps growing by the day, and we’re very excited about that.

“Because this is just only the beginning. Thanks to lower taxes—thanks to tax reform—these lower tax rates are kicking in. So by the end of this month, 90 percent of American workers—by the end of this month, 90 percent of American workers will see bigger paychecks as a result of tax reform. That is very good news for workers. It’s very good news for our economy.

“So take-home pay is going up. People are keeping more of what they earn in the first place. This momentum is generating more confidence in our economy. According to a new survey, a record number of small business owners say that now is a good time to expand. This is going to drive more jobs. This is going to drive higher wages, better take-home pay, faster economic growth.

“Look, I know our Democratic colleagues want to dismiss all of this good news. It’s kind of interesting to watch them try to do this. But tax reform is working. It is delivering bigger paychecks for hardworking families. It’s helping people improve their lives. Remember, this is why we’re here.

“The reason we ask our constituents to send us here to serve them is to improve their lives. And we now know without a shred of doubt, so much evidence is in: Tax reform is working. So those families who are struggling, those families who are pessimistic, those families who are really worried about the next pay period? They’re seeing relief.

“The economy is regaining its confidence. We’re seeing more jobs and better paychecks. That’s a good thing. That’s why we did it. That’s why we’re excited about seeing tax reform work.” 

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‘People are getting wage increases, bonuses, and tax cuts’: Speaker Ryan on Fox Business

2018/02/13

This morning, Speaker Ryan joined Mornings with Maria to discuss how Americans are already benefiting from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Watch the interview here and check out excerpts below.

Maria Bartiromo: “And yet, it’s not resonating with everybody because you have the other side saying, ‘it’s Armageddon . . . it’s crumbs’”

Speaker Ryan: “The rhetoric is so over the top that I don't think people know what to believe. But guess what? The good news is: The law occurred. Reality is setting in. People are opening up their paychecks and seeing bigger checks, they are seeing bonuses from employers, they are seeing a raise in their minimum wages. That is real, that is occurring. Oh, and by the way, growth.  . . . We are now getting into real growth, real wage growth, real take-home pay. That is exciting, that is good, and I can't imagine why someone would be against that.”

Speaker Ryan: “Because of tax reform, you have massive amounts of repatriation. Because of tax reform, you’re not going to see any more inversions. Because of tax reform, you’re seeing foreign direct investment coming into this country. Tim Cook is putting 20,000 jobs in Americabecause of tax reform. We had the worst tax code in the industrialized world before tax reform, now we have one of the best tax codes in the industrialized world because of tax reform. It’s the basics of economic growth that have been put in place here. Very serious pro-growth policy, higher living standards, more jobs, higher wages. That’s good for everybody. People are getting wage increases, bonuses, and tax cuts. Ninety percent of American workers this month will see bigger paychecks because their withholding tables will go down. . . .PepsiCo, MetLife, U-Haul, just in the last 24 hours.”

Speaker Ryan: “This is nothing but good news. It is extremely good news. And so we're knocking down our challenges in getting these things done. We have done regulatory relief. We’re doing tax reform. We’re in the middle of negotiating immigration. We are going to go work on the skills gap, getting people from welfare to work, to get people the skills they need to get into the labor force. And, yes, we are never going to give up on entitlement reform because that at the end of the day it’s what will get us on the debt.”

 

 

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Statement on Infrastructure and the President’s Budget Request

2018/02/12

WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) today issued the following statement regarding the release of the Trump administration’s budget request for Fiscal Year 2019:

“This budget lays out a thoughtful, detailed, and responsible blueprint for achieving our shared agenda. It builds on last week’s budget agreement by focusing on rebuilding our national defense and promoting a stronger economy. It seeks to further improve services for our veterans, and expand access to resources for fighting the opioid epidemic. And it reflects the historic tax reform law that is already improving the lives of American families.

“The president is right to make improving America’s infrastructure a national priority, and last week’s budget agreement included a $20 billion down payment on this goal. Today’s proposal recognizes the urgency of tackling the bureaucratic hurdles that needlessly delay infrastructure projects. Real action to streamline the permitting process will help jumpstart projects that are vital to our communities and our economy. Already in this Congress, the House has passed dozens of infrastructure reforms, and we look forward to working with the administration on this critical issue.” 

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Statement on House Passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act

2018/02/09

WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement on House passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act:

“This is a great victory for our men and women in uniform. Republicans and Democrats joined together to finally give our troops the resources they need and our general the certainty to plan for the future. Our national defense will no longer be held hostage by short-term spending bills and reckless sequester caps. And we ended the destructive Obama-era practice of tying increases in defense spending to non-defense spending. Now our military can begin to rebuild.

“Moreover, the legislation extends funding for community health centers, repeals some of the most harmful aspects of Obamacare, and makes important structural reform to Medicare. In the wake of devastating natural disasters, it also provides critical  relief to Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and California.

“Ultimately, neither side got everything it wanted in this agreement, but we reached a bipartisan compromise that puts the safety and well-being of the American people first. Once the president signs this bill into law, we will have a clear path to pursue our ambitious agenda for 2018. I am excited and eager to get back to work doing big things for this country.”

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Statement on Senate Passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act

2018/02/09

WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement on Senate passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act:

“I am pleased the Senate took action to move this critical legislation with a big, bipartisan vote. The Bipartisan Budget Act includes vital disaster relief money and funding for community health centers, and it repeals Obamacare’s destructive Independent Payment Advisory Board. Most importantly, after years of underfunding and budget uncertainty, this agreement fully funds our military at the level requested by Secretary Mattis and our generals. We will finally be able to get our brave men and women in uniform the resources they need to do their jobs safely and efficiently. Now it’s time for the House to do its job. I hope members on both sides of the aisle will come together and support this bipartisan compromise to keep the government open and ensure our military remains the best in the world.”

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Fund Our Troops

2018/02/08

We have simply pushed our military past the breaking point. 

  • Funding for modernizing the Army has been cut in half in just the past eight years. 
  • Navy sailors are putting in 100-hour work weeks, and less than half of their aircraft are capable of flying. 
  • The Air Force is now at its smallest size in our nation’s history.

We ask a lot of our men and women in uniform. But in exchange for their service, we promise that we will give them the tools they need to do their jobs safely and effectively

Our men and women in uniform are not bargaining chips—they are our nation’s best and brightest, who put their lives on the line for us.

Now, more than ever, we must fund our troops. And that is exactly what Congress is about to vote to do.

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Agreement to Fully Fund our Military, Still Leaves Discretionary Spending Below 2011 Projection

2018/02/08

Soon, Congress will vote on the Bipartisan Budget Act—legislation to keep our government and fully fund our military. This bill is the single most important thing we can do to ensure our troops get the resources they need. And it ends the Obama-era practice of spending parity, which previously tied dollar-for-dollar increases in defense spending with increases in discretionary spending.

And even as we meet our obligations to the military, this bill still leaves discretionary spending well below budget projections from 2011.

Shortly before the Budget Control Act (BCA) was enacted, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected base discretionary spending authority would be $1.251 trillion in FY 2018.

Today’s agreement comes in well south of that. The Bipartisan Budget Act would set base discretionary spending authority at $1.208 trillion for FY 2018—$43 billion lower than CBO’s original projection from seven years ago.

And this does not even take into account the hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of savings from mandatory spending programs included in this deal and the two previous sequester-reversing budget agreements in 2013 and 2015. 

These numbers are important when considering the budgetary impact of this bipartisan agreement, and it underscores that our mandatory spending programs—not discretionary spending, like for our military—continue to be the driver our long-term debt challenge.

 

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Secretary Mattis: “We need you to pass a budget now”

2018/02/08

“Failure to modernize our military risks leaving us with a force that could dominate the last war but be irrelevant to tomorrow’s security,” Defense Secretary James Mattis testified before the House Armed Services Committee earlier this week. “We need Congress to lift the defense spending caps and support a budget for our military.”

Listen to Secretary Mattis.

The U.S. military is the strongest fighting force in the world, but in recent years funding cuts have left our troops undertrained and underequipped on the battlefield. This is completely unacceptable.

Now we have a chance to change course and end this destructive cycle of funding our military with short-term spending bills. The Bipartisan Budget Act will fully fund our military at levels authorized under the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act. It will provide our troops with the resources they need to do their jobs safely and effectively.

We could go on and on about the sad state of our military readiness, but instead, we’ll leave you with more from Secretary Mattis’ testimony, which makes the perfect case for why we need to pass this bipartisan budget agreement as soon as possible:

“Let me be clear: as hard as the last 16 years of war have been, no enemy in the field has done more to harm the readiness of the U.S. military than the combined impact of the Budget Control Act’s defense spending caps, worsened by operating in 10 of the last 11 years under continuing resolutions of varied and unpredictable duration.

“For too long we have asked our military to carry-on stoically with a ‘success at any cost’ attitude. . . . We expect the men and women of our military to be faithful in their service, even when going in harm’s way. We also must remain faithful to them. As Speaker Ryan said in January, ‘our men and women in uniform are not bargaining chips.’

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“To carry out the strategy you rightly directed we develop, we need you to pass a budget now. If we are to sustain our military’s primacy, we need to budget predictably. I know many want to avoid additional spending, but Congress must take action now to ensure our military lethality is sufficient to defend our way of life, preserve the prosperity our country enjoys, and pass on the freedoms we enjoy to the next generation. I ask that you not let disagreements on domestic policy continue to hold our nation’s defense hostage.”

 

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Speaker Ryan Urges Support for ‘Bipartisan Budget Act’

2018/02/08

Summary: Today, Speaker Ryan urged House members to support the Bipartisan Budget Act—legislation that will give the military the proper—and long overdue—funding it needs.

Opening Statement:

Our government has no higher responsibility than to support our men and women who are in harm’s way. For months now, we have been working to get our military the resources it needs to keep the peace. This budget agreement delivers on that commitment. “It fully funds our national defense at levels that Secretary Mattis has requested. It provides what the Pentagon needs to restore our military’s edge for years to come. As Secretary Mattis said yesterday, and I quote, ‘Congressional action will ensure our military can defend our way of life.’ “Now that mission is hard enough, especially in a time of rapidly-evolving threats. But our military’s job has become exponentially harder because of the staggering readiness crisis that it is facing. I know I come up here and read off a whole bunch of statistics—you hear me do this every single week. This is the statistic that really gets to me: In 2017, we lost 80 service members in accidents and training incidents—nearly four times more than we lost in combat. In 2017, we lost 80 service members in accidents and training incidents—that’s about four times as many people we lost in combat. Just think about that. “With better training and equipment, many of these deaths could have been prevented. This is a sad, and tragic, state of affairs. And this is why we can never allow anyone to politicize our military, or use our troops as bargaining chips. The stakes are just too high for this. “Now, let me say one more thing: I know that there is a real commitment to solving the DACA challenge in both political parties. That’s a commitment that I share. To anyone who doubts my intention to solve this problem and bring up a DACA and immigration reform bill, do not. We will bring a solution to the floor, one that the president will sign. We must pass this budget agreement first though, so that we can get on to that. So please know that we are committed to getting this done. “Before I turn it over to Chairman Thornberry, I want to take a moment, and I want to thank him. I want to thank Mac Thornberry, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, and all of the members of the Armed Services Committee, both Republicans and Democrats. Their leadership, and their unwavering commitment to our service members and their families, made this budget agreement possible. They live and breathe these problems. They know these issues. They know all the people who are fighting to keep us safe. They can tell you as well as anyone how critical it is that we get this done.”

 

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Speaker Ryan on Hugh Hewitt: ‘We are finally getting the military the budget they need’

2018/02/08

This morning, Speaker Ryan called into The Hugh Hewitt Show to talk about how the Bipartisan Budget Act is critical for our national security. Listen to the full interview here and check out the excerpts below.

Speaker Ryan: “The main thing is we are finally getting . . . the military a budget, number one, but also getting the budget they need to actually fulfill the national defense strategy that Secretary Mattis just recently gave out. So we worked very closely with Jim Mattis on this. Our chairman, Mac Thornberry, and he worked to build these numbers, built this budget, scrub procurement, get the audit going, so that we can get our military rebuilt. And that is, in my opinion, the biggest achievement here. And we also broke parity from the Obama days where Obama insisted if you’re ever going to put a dime in the military, you’ve got to put the same amount of money into domestic spending, no matter the need. Well, that’s not what we’re doing now. We’re putting more support for the military than for domestic, breaking that sort of old Obama rule and prioritizing the military. And I think that’s where our priorities ought to belong.”

Speaker Ryan: “This is a bipartisan bill. It’s going to need bipartisan support. We are going to deliver our share of support. I feel very good about Republicans. Our members who are focused on the military are very happy where we landed with that. We also got a bunch of our other priorities. We got rid of the IPAB, which his this Independent Payment Advisory Board from Obamacare. The domestic spending funds—the things that we all agree on—like infrastructure and opioids and cancer research. And it also has the emergency supplemental. So it’s a big bill, and much of this domestic spending is the one-time stuff like this disaster relief for the hurricanes and the fires. And so people from those states, obviously, are very concerned about getting that aid to, you know, to Houston and to Louisiana and to Florida and to California. So I think we will get this done.”

Speaker Ryan: “First of all, we ran on this agenda. And now, we’re painstakingly, step by step, implementing this agenda. As you mentioned, the president and Congress said, ‘We’re going to do tax reform. We’re going to do regulatory roadblocks. We’re going to put conservative justices on the court. We’re going to rebuild our military. We’re going to get rid of the sequester on the military.’ The president actually talked about that in his campaign. We’re doing that in this bill. Then we’re moving to immigration reform. Then we’re going to go move on workforce development, which is getting people from welfare to work, which is a really important reform so every able-bodied American can go to work and get the skills they need to get the jobs they want so we can get even faster economic growth. That is all part of our agenda that we ran on in A Better Way, that the president campaigned on. And we are well on our way to executing and implementing this agenda.”

 

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The Vote to Fully Fund Our Military

2018/02/08

Soon, the House will vote on legislation that fully funds our military so our troops get the resources they need to do their jobs. This bill is the single most important thing we can do to uphold our constitutional mandate to provide for the national defense of the United States.

Over the past year, and as recently as this week, Democrats have blocked efforts to fund our military at the levels requested by Secretary Mattis and our generals—the very same levels authorized by the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act.

But finally, with this agreement, we will free our military from the harmful spending caps and this destructive practice of funding our troops with stopgap spending bills. It raises defense spending for two years, providing much-needed certainty for our warfighters and for efficient military planning, execution, and oversight. And it breaks the Democrats’ reckless practice of tying dollar-for-dollar increases in defense spending with increases in discretionary spending.

That means we can properly equip our troops—the men and women who put their lives on the line for our freedom and security—with the resources they need to succeed on the battlefield. With North Korea ramping up its nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities, and countries like Russia and China seeking to rival our military supremacy, ongoing cuts to defense spending are leading us in the exact opposite direction we need to be going. That all ends this week.

A vote for this bill is a vote to fund our military. A vote for this bill is a vote to equip our troops. And a vote for this bill is a vote to ensure our defense capabilities remain the best of any nation in the world.

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The Bipartisan Budget Act

2018/02/07

Investing in Defense, Veterans, Disaster Relief, Combatting Opioids, Infrastructure

“We need Congress to lift the defense spending caps and support a two-year budget agreement for our military…. We expect the men and women of our military to be faithful in their service even when going in harm's way. We have a duty to remain faithful to them.”  --Secretary of Defense James Mattis, 2/7/2018

A bipartisan, bicameral agreement was reached on a long-term budget agreement that, for the first time in years, will ensure that America’s armed forces have more of the resources they need to keep America safe. 

The two-year budget agreement also makes critical investments in America’s veterans, disaster relief, infrastructure, and further combatting opioid abuse and drug addiction.

  • This agreement will unwind the sequestration cuts that have hamstrung America’s armed forces and jeopardized our national security by funding the military at this year’s National Defense Authorization Act levels. 
  • It breaks the spending “parity” demanded for years by Democrats by giving defense a larger funding increase than non-defense discretionary spending.  Compared to current law spending caps, the agreement increases defense discretionary funding by $80 billion in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 and $85 billion in FY 2019 vs. an increase in non-defense domestic discretionary of $63 billion in FY 2018 and $68 billion in FY 2019.  
  • This agreement provides for America’s veterans by helping reduce the maintenance backlog at the Veterans Administration.
  • It also provides almost $90 billion in emergency supplemental appropriations for disaster relief efforts for communities crippled by hurricanes in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Florida and Texas.
  • This agreement includes $6 billion over two years to bolster the ongoing fight against opioid addiction and substance abuse by funding grants, prevention programs, and law enforcement efforts in vulnerable communities across the country.
  • The agreement includes a $20 billion new investment in America’s infrastructure -- a bipartisan priority shared by the President and lawmakers in both parties.
  • The agreement lifts the debt limit through March 1, 2019. 
  • It includes structural reforms to Medicare and cuts to Obamacare, and repeals the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) from Obamacare.
  • It includes an extension of funding for Community Health Centers.
  • This agreement includes an extension of tax relief provisions that are supported by Republicans and Democrats. 
  • It includes $2 billion in funding over two years for the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
  • It establishes two committees to address pension and budget/appropriations reform.

Continuing Resolution & Disaster Supplemental:

The agreement includes a Continuing Resolution (CR) that funds the government at current levels through March 23, 2018 in order for the Appropriations Committees to negotiate detailed appropriations and deliver full funding for the remainder of FY 2018, and begin the process for FY 2019.

The legislation also contains almost $90 billion in emergency supplemental appropriations to help states, communities, businesses, and individuals respond and recover from recent hurricanes, wildfires and other disasters.  Within in this funding, $4.9 billion is provided to increase Medicaid caps for Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands for two years, along with program requirements.

Tax & Health Care Policies:

The agreement includes a one-year extension of critical tax provisions that help families, individuals and small businesses across the country.  These provisions expired at the end of 2016.

It includes an additional four years of authorization for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

The measure also includes a package of bipartisan Medicare provisions, known as Medicare extenders, and funding for community health centers.

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Armed Services Committee Members Rally For Bipartisan Agreement to Fund our Military

2018/02/07

Moments ago, members of the House Armed Services Committee rallied behind the bipartisan budget agreement as a win for our men and women in uniform.

As Chairman Mac Thornberry explained,

“The cap deal that leadership announced today begins to repair our military. And for me, that’s the highest priority of the federal government, because it is fundamentally wrong to ask people to go out and perform missions for which they are not fully prepared, fully trained, fully supported with the best this country can offer.”

The press conference followed a briefing earlier today by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who argued that Congress’ practice of funding the Pentagon with short-term spending bills is inhibiting our military:

“I cannot overstate the negative impact to our troops and families’ morale from all this budget uncertainty. Today’s Congressional action will ensure our military can defend our way life, preserve the promise of prosperity, and pass on the freedoms you and I enjoy to the next generation.”

That is why this vote is so critical. It will stem the tide of uncertainty and underfunding that is hurting our troops’ ability to do their job. It’s time to get this done for the brave men and women who put their lives on the line for our safety.  

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BREAKING: Secretary Mattis Urges Congress to Pass Budget Agreement

2018/02/07

Just now at the White House, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis called on Congress to pass the bipartisan budget agreement, which fully funds our military at the levels in this year's National Defense Authorization Act this year and at the administration's request for 2019.

This agreement raises the caps on defense spending for two years, providing certainty for the warfighter and for efficient defense planning, execution, and oversight. 

In the White House briefing room, Secretary Mattis said, "I cannot overstate the negative impact to our troops' and families' morale from all this budget uncertainty. Today's congressional action will ensure our military can defend our way of life, preserve the promise of prosperity, and pass on the freedoms you and I enjoy to the next generation."

Watch the video below:

Secretary Mattis: "Today's congressional action will ensure our military can defend our way of life, preserve the promise of prosperity, and pass on the freedoms you and I enjoy to the next generation." pic.twitter.com/kW0gNb5M1p

— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) February 7, 2018
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Budget Agreement Paves Way to Rebuild Military

2018/02/07

WASHINGTONHouse Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) released the following statement after the introduction of the Bipartisan Budget Act, critical legislation to adjust spending caps to more adequately fund our military and other priorities:

“The winners today are the men and women who serve in our Armed Forces. This agreement delivers on our commitment to fully fund our national defenseno more short-term ploys and patches. Secretary Mattis will finally have the resources to rebuild a badly-depleted military, and implement his strategy to prepare for rapidly evolving threats. There will be greater certainty for the Pentagon, and for our warfighters in harm’s way. And we are breaking Democrats’ Obama-era insistence that funding for our military be tied to increases in non-defense spending. These are enormous strides for our national security.

“With this agreement, we are breaking the logjam on a number of priorities for the American people. We are providing much-needed support for communities ravaged by hurricanes in Puerto Rico, Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Texas, and the wildfires in California. We are directing more resources to fighting the opioid epidemic, making a down payment on infrastructure spending, and fixing the backlog at the VA. We are repealing more parts of Obamacare, including the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), which is charged with rationing access to Medicare.

“More budget reforms are needed, which is why we are laying the foundation for a better process. America will be safer and stronger because of this agreement, and I am urging the whole House to support it.”

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Five Reasons Why the Bipartisan Budget Agreement Is Critical

2018/02/07

The bipartisan budget agreement is absolutely critical for our national security, disaster recovery, and other Republican priorities. It is the result of six months of efforts to secure funding for our military, and it will allow Congress to end the cycle of governing by stop-gap measure and move on to other important agenda items. It also has meaningful budget offsets, including structural reforms to mandatory spending programs. 

Here are five reasons why it is so important: 

  1. It Rebuilds our Military: This agreement delivers on our promise to fully fund the military at the levels in this year's National Defense Authorization Act. This is the funding level that Defense Secretary James Mattis has said is needed to rebuild our military. The threats of the 21st century are grave and evolving, and yet our military’s needs have been neglected and our readiness has deteriorated. Funding for the military was not a priority under the Obama administration, and the effect on readiness has been staggering. So much so that Secretary Mattis said he was “shocked” by the poor state of U.S. combat readiness. In 2017, we lost 80 service member lives due to accidents and training incidents—nearly four times as many lives killed in combat. With better training and equipment, these deaths may have been preventable. This legislation brings our military into the 21st century and will save lives. Our service members sacrifice so much for this country—the least we can do is keep them prepared and as safe as possible. This bill meets our commitment the United States Armed Forces.
  2. It Provides Long-Delayed Disaster Relief Resources: Last fall, our nation experienced historic, severe natural disasters that destroyed homes and crippled entire communities. This includes the hurricanes that devastated Puerto Rico, Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Texas, and the wildfires that ravaged California. The House already passed legislation providing needed resources for recovery, but it has been stuck in the Senate. This budget agreement finally advances disaster recovery and provides these states and territories with emergency appropriations so victims can rebuild. 
  3. It Breaks Parity, with a Bigger Increase for Defense than Non-Defense Spending: For eight years under President Obama, Democrats insisted that an increase in defense spending be tied to an equal increase in non-defense spending. That means that every time we wanted to provide more funding for our military, we had to spend equally in domestic discretionary spending. This arbitrary standard contributed to our military readiness crisis. This budget agreement breaks that parity construct, with significantly less spending for non-defense purposes than for our military. 
  4. It Directs Domestic Spending Toward Republican Priorities: While any bipartisan budget agreement requires an increase in non-defense spending, for the first time there is an agreement to direct portions of this spending toward domestic programs that Republicans support. This bipartisan agreement includes providing a down payment on infrastructure; directing spending toward the fight against opioids; continuing Republicans’ efforts to find cures by increasing funding for disease research at the National Institute of Health; and breaking down the backlog at the Veterans Administration. The budget agreement also includes important health care priorities, such as providing resources for community health centers, which are particularly important source of support for women in crisis.

5. It Includes Meaningful Budget Offsets and Repeals Parts of Obamacare: As we provide critical resources for our military, the agreement also includes reductions in spending that Republicans have long sought, including structural reform to Medicare and big cuts to Obamacare. Among other offsets, the agreement cuts spending from an Obamacare slush fund called the Prevention and Public Health Fund. In addition, the bill repeals the infamous Independent Payment Advisory Board from Obamacare, better known as IPAB. Importantly, the bill also address Medicare, by further means-testing premiums in Medicare Parts B and D for high-income seniors. This is the kind of common-sense structural reform that advances long-held Republican principles to save and strengthen Medicare for the long haul. 

BONUS: It establishes a bipartisan, bicameral super committee on budget process reform. A top priority for House Republicans is fixing our broken budget process, but we have not had partners in this effort to make it a reality. This bill brings the Senate and Democrats to the table to start advancing real reforms so that we can finally get back to a functioning budget, spending, and appropriations process. 

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Speaker Ryan Signs Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Athletes, Sexual Assault Victims

2018/02/06

WASHINGTON—Today, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) signed S. 534, the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act. This measure is in response to reports of abuse in amateur athletics, including within the U.S. gymnastics program. He was joined today by Reps. Susan Brooks (R-IN) and Lois Frankel (D-FL), the authors of the House version of this bipartisan legislation. Speaker Ryan made the following comments:

"It’s horrifying what we’ve seen happen. I think each of us have met with these young women and I’m so impressed with their courage and inspired by their ability to speak out. This legislation will address the problemthis legislation will bring accountabilityand I’m just very pleased to sign this legislation.”

NOTE: Last week, Speaker Ryan met with gymnasts Mattie Larson, Jamie Dantzscher, and Jeanette Antoine, and had the chance to hear their stories.

Had the privilege to meet with gymnasts Mattie Larson, Jamie Dantzscher, and Jeanette Antolin this week and hear their stories. These brave women embody true strength and resilience. pic.twitter.com/U5m1UkqLOG

— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) February 2, 2018

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Statement on Continuing Resolution and Defense Appropriations Legislation

2018/02/06

WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 1892, the Further Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act of 2018, which keeps the government open, fully funds our military, and extends important health care programs.

“Today, the House took another critical step to fund our military and provide it with the additional resources it needs to protect our nation. This bill also includes extensions for vital health care programs, such as funds for community health centers that support women in crisis. Now, I urge the Senate Democrats to end their filibuster so we can finally provide funding for our men and women in uniform. No more games. The safety of our service members and the security of our nation are at stake.”

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Speaker Ryan Provides Weekly Update at Leadership Press Conference

2018/02/06

Today, Speaker Ryan discussed how each day, more Americans are benefiting from the new tax law:

“Yesterday, the president was in Ohio to talk about the good news still rolling in on tax reform. Just over this past week, companies like UPS, Lowe’s, Cigna, Thermo Fisher Scientific, and Best Buy announced bonuses, they announced pay raises, they announced additional benefits for their employees. 

“Right now, thanks to tax reform, companies have announced more than $2.5 billion in bonuses and $179.5 billion in new investments in this country already. More than 4.3 million workers have benefited. And of course, as a result of tax reform, the average family of four will save more than $2,000 this year. Tax reform is working.

“And there have been significant economic gains. U.S. employers added 200,000 jobs in January, with wages growing at the biggest rate in eight years. Unemployment is at a 17-year low, and tax cuts are only going to help raise wages and create more good jobs.

Speaker Ryan also discussed the Democrats’ ongoing strategy to hold government funding hostage: “Finally, as was mentioned by the majority leader and others, we are voting on yet another continuing resolution this week. I will remind you that the only reason we do not have a full budget agreement is because Democrats continue to hold funding for our government hostage on an unrelated issue. They must stop using our troops as pawns in a game of politics, and that’s why the House will send the Senate a bill to fully fund our military for this year while we keep working toward a budget agreement.

“I urge the Senate Democrats to stop their filibuster and provide our men and women in uniform the resources that they need, they support that they need. Quite literally, the safety of our service members and the security of our country is at stake.”

 

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Statement on Reforming the Congressional Accountability Act

2018/02/06

WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement after the House passed two pieces of bipartisan legislation, one that would reform the Congressional Accountability Act and another that makes immediate changes to harassment prevention and procedures within the House. Both passed with a voice vote.

“From Members to staff, no one should feel unsafe serving in Congress. We promised we would deliver real change to the system, and today we are. This bipartisan legislation makes great strides to improve the existing policies and mechanisms in place to guard against and report harassment and discrimination in Congress. I am proud of the way the House has worked together in a bipartisan manner to deal with this serious issue. My hope is that this legislation will help make hostile workplaces in Congress a relic of the past.”

Related:

Statement on Congressional Accountability Reform Act

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Where Democrats See “Crumbs,” Americans See More Money in Their Pockets

2018/02/06

Yesterday, President Trump visited Sheffer Corp. in Blue Ash, Ohio to tout the early benefits of tax reform sweeping the country. Sheffer, a hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders manufacturer, is home to 126 employees—all of whom received $1,000 bonuses following the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

As the company’s President and CEO, Jeff Norris, said before the speech, “Some people have said that’s ‘crumbs,’ but for the Sheffer people, we consider that fine dining.”

The president’s visit could not have come at a better time. Just last week, UPS, Lowe’s, Cigna, Thermo Fisher Scientific, and Hostess announced new rewards for their employees' due at least in part to tax reform. Yesterday, Anthem announced it will make $1,000 contributions to their employees 401(k) accounts.

And this month, as new withholding tables take effect, 90 percent of Americans will see more take-home pay in their paychecks thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The average family of four will save more than $2,000 this year alone.

Where Democrats see “crumbs,” Americans are seeing more money in their pockets as a result of the new law. From bonuses to wage increases and higher 401(k) contributions, tax reform is making life easier for hardworking people and families nationwide. And that’s what this is really all about.

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Hello 2018: January in Photos

2018/02/03

2018 started with a bang. From a Congressional Delegation trip the Middle East to President Trump’s first State of the Union address (and yes, a reckless government shutdown led by Senate Democrats), there was no easing into the new year for Speaker Ryan. However, woven throughout the month were all of the great stories about how people’s lives are being improved now that tax reform is the law of the land.

Here are eight photos that show our favorite moments from the month of January:

1.   It is risky. It is reckless. And it is wrong. – Speaker Ryan, joined by House leaders, urges Senator Schumer to not move forward with Senate Democrats’ threat of a government shutdown.

2.   The truth is on our side. – At the 45th annual March for Life, Speaker Ryan speaks about the rise of the pro-life movement: “Do you know why the pro-life movement is on the rise? Because truth is on our side. Life begins at conception.”

3.   He’s as honorable as they come. – At the Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony honoring former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, ceremony participants and attendees stand for the presentation of the United States flag.

4.   This food is fake? – Speaker Ryan walks through a simulated grocery store while touring Zero Zone, a refrigeration manufacturing company, in North Prairie, Wisconsin. Zero Zone is one of the many made-in-America businesses that are benefitting from tax reform now being the law of the land.

5.   Thank you for your service. – While making a refueling stop at Morón Air Base in Morón, Spain, Speaker Ryan meets with members of the Marine Corps’ Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force—Crisis Response—Africa.

6.   I’m kidding! – Speaker Ryan jokes around with reporters at his weekly press conference.

7.   These are the principles of conservatism. – While talking to AP Government students at Greendale High School in Greendale, Wisconsin, Speaker Ryan fields questions on current events and discusses one of his favorite topics—the principles of conservatism.

8.   Welcome, Mr. President. – Speaker Ryan welcomes President Trump to the House Chamber for his first State of the Union address.

Here’s to making more progress in improving people’s lives in 2018.

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Ryan Statement on Declassified FISA Memo

2018/02/02

WASHINGTON, DC—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) today released the following statement after the declassification and release of a memo on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) prepared by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence majority.

"The matter of concern outlined in this memo is a specific, legitimate one. Our FISA system is critical to keeping America safe from real and evolving threats. It is a unique system with broad discretion and a real impact on Americans’ civil liberties. Unlike most judicial proceedings, the FISA system depends not on an adversarial process, but instead on the government providing a complete presentation of the facts and circumstances underlying its warrant applications. It is clear from this memo that didn’t happen in this case, and as a consequence an American’s civil liberties may have been violated. I also have serious concerns with the practice of using political documents funded by a candidate’s political opponents to make law enforcement and counter-intelligence decisions. Amid all the political rancor, we must be able to work together to ensure the FISA system works as intended and Americans' rights are properly safeguarded. I am glad that this memo helps to provide greater transparency, and I reiterate my support for the similar release of the minority’s memo once it is properly scrubbed of all intelligence sources and methods. It is critical that we focus on specific actions and specific actors and not use this memo to impugn the integrity of the justice system and FBI, which continue to serve the American people with honor."

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More Progress for Americans in 2018: Speaker Ryan Provides Update at GOP Member Retreat

2018/02/01

Today, after a productive morning at the GOP member retreat, Speaker Ryan joined Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for a press conference. Below are Speaker Ryan’s opening remarks:

“First, I want to again express that our hearts and prayers are with the victims of yesterday’s tragic accident. You know, for those of us who were there, we just were very grateful for the first responders, especially our doctors—our doctor caucus—and the husbands and the wives who ran out and took care of the injured. It was very impressive to see how people just dropped what they were doing to go attend to those in need.

“Over the last 24 hours, right here in West Virginia, we've had some very productive discussions about our agenda in 2018, on everything from infrastructure to national security. We finished the year strong with tax reform, and in just weeks, it has become a great success across the country. UPS just announced a big investment in our economy. Lowe’s just announced bonuses for its employees. To date, more than 4.1 million workers have received bonuses, totaling more than $2.5 billion. And today, being the first day of February, when workers are going to start seeing more money in their paychecks based on these new withholding tables.

“So take-home pay is going up. Wages are going up. Benefits are going up. Businesses are expanding. Consumer confidence is at a 17-year high, while unemployment is at a 17-year low. Tax reform is working.

“But one of the reasons we are here in West Virginia is because we want to build on the success of 2017 in 2018. We want to make sure that Secretary Mattis, who we heard from this morning, has the tools and the resources that he needs to rebuild our military. And we need to close the skills gap in this country. And we need to help people move from welfare to work so they can tap their true potential.

“We've made great progress, but there is more to do. And that is why we are excited about having the president here today to work on this shared agenda. And I want to thank him, the vice president, and all the members of their administration who have joined us here in West Virginia to talk about this agenda. And I especially want to thank Senator McConnell and all of our Senate colleagues as well for joining us here. “We're very excited about making more progress for the American people in 2018.”

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State of the Union in Photos

2018/02/01

On Tuesday night, Congress welcomed President Trump to the Capitol to deliver his first State of the Union address. The president touted the accomplishments of our unified Republican government, as well as outlined his vision for building a safer, stronger, and prouder America.

Here are five photos that tell the story of President Trump’s first State of the Union address:

1.   A Lesson in Miracles – Speaker Ryan adjusts the tie of Jackson Poulos, a 6-year-old from Franklin, Wisconsin, who was one of Speaker Ryan’s guests for the president’s address. Beating a very rare form of cancer he was diagnosed with at just age four, Jackson’s story proves that miracles really do happen.

2.   A Hello to Old Friends – An appearance by senators and cabinet members in the House Chamber is a rare occurrence. Speaker Ryan and Vice President Pence use this opportunity to say “hello” to old friends.

3.   Welcome, President Trump – Speaker Ryan welcomes President Trump to the House Chamber to deliver his first State of the Union address. 

4.   In God We Trust – Speaker Ryan points to our motto, engraved in the House Chamber, when President Trump said: “In America, we know that faith and family, not government and bureaucracy, are the center of the American life.”

5.   The State of Our Union Is Strong – Members of Congress stand to applaud as President Trump lays out his plan to make America safer and stronger for the 21st century.

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Good news keeps rolling in thanks to tax reform

2018/02/01

In the last 24 hours, there has been more good news spurred on by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed by Congress and signed into law right before Christmas.

  • UPS: Today, UPS announced more than $12 billion in investments to expand the company’s Smart Logistics Network, significantly increase pension funding, and position the company to further enhance shareholder value.
  • Lowe's: Also today, Lowe's announced it would provide bonuses for more than 260,000 hourly employees and expand its benefits package.
  • Cigna: Yesterday, Cigna announced it would raise their minimum wage, provide $15 million in salary raises, add $30 million to the 401k program, and make additional investments to its foundation.
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific: And finally, Thermo Fisher Scientific announced yesterday it will make investments totaling $50 million in its people and the U.S., including $34 million for a $500 bonus for its 68,000 employees and $16 million to invest in R&D and STEM programs.

All of these companies credited the new tax reform law for these actions that will benefit their employees and the United States.

Yesterday, a new Monmouth poll came out showing the favorability of the tax reform law is way up. In December, 26% of Americans approved of the bill and 47% disapproved. But now 44% approve and 44% disapprove. That’s a swing of 21 points.

Americans are really starting to get it. That’s in large part because the benefits of tax reform are being heard, seen, and felt by Americans around the country. The poll also dived into those Americans who believed their taxes would go up: “Perhaps more importantly, fewer Americans (36%) believe that their own federal taxes will go up under the plan than felt the same when the bill was in its final legislative stages last month (50%).”

The reality is even better. When the Treasury Department instructed the IRS to activate the new withholding tables, it estimated that 90 percent of wage-earners will experience an increase in their take-home pay. So more good news is coming for Americans across the country.

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Thermo Fisher Scientific Uses Tax Reform Benefit to Make Investments in U.S.

2018/01/31

Today, Thermo Fisher Scientific announced that it will invest an additional $50 million in the United States following enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Read the full press release here or below:

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE: TMO), the world leader in serving science, will make additional investments totaling $50 million as a result of the benefit of recently enacted Federal tax reform legislation in the U.S.

This investment includes:

  • $34 million for a one-time bonus of $500 to be paid to each of the company's approximately 68,000 eligible non-executive employees globally;
  • $16 million to accelerate key breakthrough R&D programs and also to increase the impact of the company's sustainability initiatives and philanthropic activities in support of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education.

"Thermo Fisher will benefit from tax reform, so we chose to use this unique opportunity to recognize the commitment of our colleagues who work hard every day to fulfill our Mission – to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer," said Marc N. Casper, president and chief executive officer, Thermo Fisher Scientific. "We also plan to use the benefit to fuel important programs that will strengthen our ability to serve our customers and the communities where we live and work."

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WI TV: House Speaker Paul Ryan shares vision to move country forward following State of the Union Address

2018/01/31

Yesterday Speaker Ryan spoke to CBS 58 Milwaukee’s Brendan Cullerton about the State of the Union and his vision to move the country forward. Watch the interview here and check out excerpts below.

Brendan Cullerton: “During the State of the Union Address, President Trump touted tax reform, which is House Speaker Paul Ryan's personal project. CBS 58 spoke with Speaker Paul Ryan about the major topics covered and what they mean for Wisconsin. House Speaker Paul Ryan says the tax reform he was key in passing, and that the president has championed, is good for Wisconsin.”

Speaker Ryan: "Assurant in Milwaukee reversed their decision to relocate overseas and they're staying in Milwaukee. Those are the kinds of positive things that we're seeing as a result of tax reform.

Brendan Cullerton: “Trump discussed the need for improved American infrastructure during the address. Ryan says he plans on moving forward early this year, on a broader form of infrastructure.”

Speaker Ryan: "It's not just roads and bridges, but it's canals, it's harbors, its broadband, it's our electrical grid, its power plants and things like that."

Brendan Cullerton: “Ryan says one of his biggest goals for 2018 is giving Americans and Wisconsinites more technical skills.”

Speaker Ryan: "Because there are going to be a lot of jobs that are going to be there for people, but we have to help people get the skills they need to get those good jobs and that's a skills gap we have in Wisconsin and around the country."

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Statement on President Trump's State of the Union Address

2018/01/31

WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement following President Trump’s State of the Union address:

“President Trump said it right—the state of our union is strong. Faith and family are the rightful centers of American life. America’s economic confidence is on the rise. And from the police to the military, the bravery of our men and women in uniform continues to demonstrate why they are the world’s finest. 

“The president has delivered on his promises—unleashing America’s energy potential, appointing judges who respect the Constitution, prioritizing religious freedom as an unwavering right, and passing historic tax and regulatory reforms. These tax cuts are putting more money in people’s pockets and injecting new life into the economy. With fewer burdensome regulations, small businesses have greater optimism and opportunities to grow. And with the landmark veterans reforms, we are ensuring those who have sacrificed and served are treated as the heroes they are.

“There is still much work to be done, and the president laid out a clear agenda tonight with an open hand toward bipartisan cooperation. By working together to rebuild our nation’s military, boost infrastructure, develop our workforce, and fix our immigration system, we can continue making America safer and stronger for the 21st century."

.@POTUS said it right—the state of our union is strong. He laid out a clear agenda tonight with an open hand toward bipartisan cooperation. Together, we can continue making America safer and stronger for the 21st century. pic.twitter.com/zQi7naDVFk

— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) January 31, 2018
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Four from the Floor: What to Expect from Tonight’s State of the Union Address

2018/01/30

This a big night in politics: President Trump will address Congress and our nation during the State of the Union address. We will hear what’s working and what’s next on the agenda to improve the state of our union. 

Here are four topics you should listen for from President Trump as he speaks in the chamber of the House of Representatives tonight: 

1. Military Readiness. President Trump will likely outline the threats of our modern world—from North Korea to Iran to ISIS—and remind the American people of the importance of a strong military in keeping us safe. If the latest government shutdown, led by the Senate Democrats, has taught us anything, it’s that political brinksmanship at the cost of our service members has to stop. The path of funding the government through continuing resolutions is not sustainable. And that means Senate Democrats must stop blocking our appropriation bills to score political points. Today, the House voted for a third time to fund the Department of Defense. That’s just the first step. Speaker Ryan outlined one of his top priorities for Congress this year in a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies earlier this month. "Today, the United States has the greatest fighting force in the world. Keeping it that way is vital to keeping our country safe. But right now, our men and women in uniform are operating under enormous strain, some of which, frankly, is of our own making. That is why rebuilding our military is one of the highest priorities of our unified government. I can tell you it is my highest priority today.

2. Tax Reform. America’s economic confidence is coming back, thanks in no small part to the new tax reform law. We’ve seen hundreds of companies announce bonusesexpanded benefits, and new investments in the United States. So far, roughly 3.8 million employees have been impacted by these changes, with more than $2.4 billion in bonuses handed out and upwards of $140 billion being invested in the U.S. economy—and these are just the larger companies that make news. Soon, 90 percent of American wage earners will feel the benefits of the reduced personal tax rates in their paycheck. This is huge for the American people and for America’s economic confidence.

3. Regulations. We are proud of our record in rolling back burdensome regulations that have hamstrung the economy. Last year, Congress worked with the Trump administration to take part in the largest utilization of the Congressional Review Act in history—undoing 15 Obama-era regulations that have hurt businesses and economic growth. The CRA also makes it clear that these regulations can never be issued again. Through tax reform, we’ve also repealed the burdensome and unpopular individual mandate. It goes back to America’s regaining economic confidence. And through executive action and agency directives, the Trump administration has rolled back so many more harmful regulations. America’s energy development has been especially helped by the Trump administration’s actions, most notably the repeal of the costly Clean Power Plan that was so devastating to coal country.

4. Opioids. Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S., with opioids topping the list at almost 52 deaths a day. The reality is that our communities—from coast to coast—are fighting a relentless opioid epidemic. Following the enactment of major legislation like the Comprehensive Recovery and Addiction Act and the 21st Century Cures Act, President Trump declared this crisis a public health emergency last October. Tonight, we expect President Trump to continue to discuss how communities can better fight such a widespread scourge through the likes of addiction education, prevention, and treatment, and enhanced local law enforcement support. As Speaker Ryan has said, “It’s time to remove the stigma of addiction and ensure people have access to the help they desperately need—and deserve.”

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Democrats, Now’s Your Chance to Help Us Rebuild the Military

2018/01/30

Today, the House will vote for the 3rd time to fund the @DeptofDefense and equip our service members with the resources they need. I urge Senate Democrats to do the right thing, stop playing games, and allow this funding to move forward. pic.twitter.com/kfo0gM5BdL

— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) January 30, 2018

Today, the House will vote on H.R. 695, legislation to fully fund our military so our troops are well-equipped on the battlefield. The only thing standing in the way of getting our military the resources it needs is Senate Democrats.

Twice last year, the House has passed similar appropriation bills to fund the Pentagon. And in both instances, the measures stalled in the Senate under threat of a Democratic filibuster.

Democrats are holding our military hostage over an unrelated issue by blocking these bills and a broader budget agreement. Rather than working with Republicans in good faith to negotiate new spending caps, Democrats would rather play political games with our national security. This is reckless, dangerous, and irresponsible.

At a press conference with Republican leaders this morning, Speaker Ryan stressed the need for getting our troops the resources they need:

“Our men and women in uniform, they depend upon these resources to keep themselves safe and to keep us safe. So I urge the Senate Democrats to do the right thing: Drop the filibuster, process the legislation. We want to find a DACA solution, we will find a DACA solution, so don’t hold our military funding hostage for this. Let’s move forward.”

So Democrats, now is your chance to help us rebuild our military. Help us get our troops the tools they need to do their jobs. And help us ensure our national defense remains unwavering now and in the future. Vote for this bill. 

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'The kind of speech most presidents hope they can give,' Speaker Ryan on 'Fox & Friends'

2018/01/30

Ahead of the State of the Union, Speaker Ryan spoke to Fox & Friends’ Ainsley Earhardt about the president’s address, and also gave her an inside look at the Capitol Rotunda. Watch the interview here.

TONIGHT’S SPEECH

Speaker Ryan: “I think you're going to hear the kind of speech most presidents hope they can give, wish they can give, which is, we are doing well. There is a lot of things we have accomplished in 2017. Unemployment is at 17-year low. Economic confidence is at 17-year high. We just overhauled the entire tax system for the first time in 31 years. We have a great justice on the Supreme Court. So, the president is going to be able to talk about a lot of great things that he got done. And then I’m looking forward to hearing what he’s going to talk about for this year. So there’s a lot we need to do.”

THE CAPITOL

Ainsley Earhardt: “Do you still pinch yourself?”

Speaker Ryan: “Yeah, when I walk through here, especially. . . . I’m just a kid from a middle-income family from Janesville, Wisconsin. Nobody ever expected—I mean, who would thought I would get elected to Congress? Let alone Speaker of the House! Only in America.”

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Speaker Ryan Talks Defense Funding, SOTU at Leadership Press Conference

2018/01/30

Today at a press conference with Republican leaders, Speaker Ryan discussed the Senate Democrats’ ongoing refusal to pass legislation to fund our military:

“As was mentioned, the House is going to vote on—again—a very important piece of legislation. This is the Department of Defense funding that equips our service members with the resources they need to protect our country from the threats that it faces.

“This is not the first time the House has voted on this bill. This is not the second time the House has voted on this bill. This is the third time the House has voted to fund our military.

“You have heard it from Paul Cook straight: Why is this the third time that the House will have voted to fund our military? Because the Senate Democrats continue to hold that funding hostage. They threaten to filibuster this legislation, which makes it impossible for the Senate to pass and for the president to sign it into law. Senate Democrats are playing politics with defense spending that is so vital to our national security needs.

“We just don’t see this as irresponsible—it’s dangerous. We do have training accidents happening more and more these days. We had more people die in training accidents last year than died in combat last year. So, these CRs—the reason we’re having all of these CRs is because of these filibusters of these vital appropriation bills.

“So, as we saw last week in Paul’s district, the consequences are very real. Our men and women in uniform, they depend upon these resources to keep themselves safe and to keep us safe. So I urge the Senate Democrats to do the right thing: Drop the filibuster, process the legislation. We want to find a DACA solution, we will find a DACA solution, so don’t hold our military funding hostage for this. Let’s move forward.”

Speaker Ryan also discussed the energy on Capitol Hill and around the country ahead of President Trump’s State of the Union address:

“On a positive note, I am excited to hear President Trump’s State of the Union address tonight. And honestly, the state of the union is looking up. It’s really encouraging to be able to come and hear an upbeat tone in the State of the Union. This will be my 20th of these that I’ve sat in, and I’ve got to tell you, to be able to hear a State of the Union as bright as it is right now is something that’s very encouraging.

“Wages are rising. Economic confidence is coming back to America. Tax reform is now the law of the land, and it is playing a huge role in this transformation. As Steve just mentioned, just yesterday we heard from another major employer about investing another $50 billion into this economy because of tax reform. Just a couple of weeks from now, 90 percent of American workers, 90 percent of American wage-earners are going to see their paychecks get bigger as the IRS new withholding tables are put into effect in February. This is a big deal.

“Look, Janna and I were working the concession stand at our parish on Sunday for our kids’ basketball games, and a friend of mine who works at the Home Depot in Janesville could not wait to come up and tell me about the bonus that he had gotten, about the wage increase that he had gotten, what it’s going to do for his life. You know, wherever you go, you have people coming up to you saying, ‘This is a new car payment for me.’ This is working.

“Those of us who have worked on this issue for so many years thought and suspected was, if we do tax reform in America the right way, it will unlock a lot of economic potential. It is unlocking so much more economic growth and potential than we even imagined. So we’re very excited. Economic confidence in America is at a 17-year high while unemployment in America is at a 17-year low. These are good things.

“This is a big deal for real Americans across the country. We’ve got a lot more work to do, and I am looking forward to President Trump’s speech tonight to find a way forward and get more done for the American people in 2018.”

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BREAKING: ExxonMobil to Invest an Additional $50 Billion in the U.S. Due to Tax Reform

2018/01/29

Today, ExxonMobil announced that it will invest an addition $50 billion in the United States following enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. In a blog post released this afternoon, Exxon Chairman and CEO Darren Woods writes that “We plan to invest more than $50 billion over the next five years to expand our business in the United States. These investments are underpinned by the unique strengths of our company and enhanced by the historic tax reform recently signed into law.”

Read the full post here or below:

Tax and regulatory reform’s economic boon At ExxonMobil, we plan to invest more than $50 billion over the next five years to expand our business in the United States. These investments are underpinned by the unique strengths of our company and enhanced by the historic tax reform recently signed into law.

In fact, as you have probably seen, several companies have announced plans to invest here at home, partly as a result of tax reform, which among other things reduced one of the highest corporate tax rates in the developed world.

These positive developments will mean more jobs and economic expansion across the United States in a myriad of industries.

And it will complement the substantial capital spending in the United States that ExxonMobil has teed up in the coming years.

For instance, we will be investing billions of dollars to increase oil production in the Permian Basin in West Texas and New Mexico, expand existing operations, improve infrastructure and build new manufacturing sites. This will create thousands of jobs, strengthen the U.S. economy and enhance energy security.

This comes on top of our massive build-out of operations along the Gulf Coast where we are investing billions of dollars and creating tens of thousands of high paying jobs on a number of major chemical, refining and lubricant projects.

These are quality investments for our shareholders that are made even better by tax reform. That’s good news if you‘re among the millions of Americans who own ExxonMobil stock directly or have indirect ownership through the many public pension funds, mutual funds or exchange traded funds that are ExxonMobil owners.

These are all possible because of the resource base developed by our industry along with sound tax and regulatory policies that create a pro-growth business climate here in the U.S.

The recent changes to the U.S. corporate tax rate coupled with smarter regulation create an environment for future capital investments and will further enhance ExxonMobil’s competitiveness around the world. We’re actively evaluating the impact of the lower tax rate on the economics of several other projects currently in the planning stages to further expand our facilities along the Gulf Coast.

Good to see sound policy laying the groundwork for America’s future economic success. Darren Woods is Chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil.

Darren Woods is Chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil.

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Speaker Ryan Announces Guests for President Trump’s First State of the Union

2018/01/29

WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) has announced that the following guests will be seated in the House gallery tonight during President Trump’s first State of the Union address.

A Lesson in MiraclesJackson Poulos, six-years-old, joined by parents Ashley and John of Franklin, Wisconsin. At four-years-old, Jackson was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer in his GI tract and abdomen—so rare, only 350 cases are reported annually. Jackson needed FDA approval for a life-saving chemo treatment while undergoing surgery and sought the help of Speaker Ryan’s district office, which was able to help secure the approval of FDA paperwork while Jackson was undergoing surgery to have his tumors removed. Jackson has now finished his chemo treatment and received a clear scan during his most recent check-up—a reality that many doctors thought would not be possible.

Jackson’s story proves that miracles really do happen,” said Speaker Ryan. “The odds were stacked against him, but he and his family charted their own course. I’m thankful our team was able to play a small hand in his road to recovery and am relieved to learn he recently received a good report. Jackson is a fighter. I’m looking forward to welcoming him and his parents to Washington for the president’s address.”

Janesville’s Inspiration Kyle Pucek of Janesville, Wisconsin. Age 23—that’s how old Kyle Pucek was when his addiction to opioids began. Prescribed painkillers after an ankle injury, Kyle eventually began using heroin—and saw his life fall apart. After many medical scares and personal trials, Kyle has been sober since November of 2013—and now dedicates himself to helping those battling addiction through local groups like Hope Over Heroin. Kyle’s message is a concise yet powerful one: Those struggling with addiction should never lose hope.

Opioid addiction knows no bounds—it’s taking control of lives in my very district,” said Speaker Ryan. “Kyle choosing to share his story to help others is bravery in its rawest form. I’m proud to hail from the same zip code as he does, and I know our community is better off thanks to his efforts. Washington is no Wisconsin, but I’m honored that Kyle is making the trip to join us tonight.”

A Fighter for Faith and the Unborn Cathy Cenzon-DeCarlo of Brooklyn, New York. In 2009, while working at a hospital in New York, nurse Cathy Cenzon-DeCarlo was forced to assist with a late-term abortion. Though she objected on grounds of violating her religious beliefs, the hospital threatened disciplinary action if she did not participate. After a years-long legal battle and an investigation led by the Department of Health and Human Services, the hospital eventually changed its policy to ensure medical personnel are not forced to participate in abortions. Now, Cathy is an outspoken advocate on behalf of other medical personnel who are faced with the same unjust dilemma.

No one should be forced to violate their religious beliefs—especially in the workplace,” said Speaker Ryan. “Not only did Cathy stick up for her faith, but she did so while fighting for the unborn. It’s wrong that Cathy and so many others have been intimidated into assisting with abortions, which is why the Trump administration’s expanded conscience protections are a welcomed change. As a staunch defender of religious liberty, I was very moved by Cathy’s story—I am delighted she’s attending tonight’s address.” 

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Ryan Delegation Completes Middle East Visit Focused on Terrorism and Iranian Aggression

2018/01/27

WASHINGTON—A bipartisan delegation led by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) has completed a visit to key economic and security partners in the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Throughout the visit, including a ‎speech on foreign policy, Speaker Ryan expressed Congress’s commitment to defeating radical Islamist terrorism, and rolling back Iranian aggression in the region. 

“American leadership is as important as ever,” Speaker Ryan said. “The regional threats we face today—namely from Iran and Islamist extremism—are as pronounced as ever. We made it the mission of our bipartisan delegation to focus on ways we can strengthen our regional alliances and partnerships. I am confident that, standing shoulder to shoulder with our partners in the Middle East, we will succeed in confronting the challenges we face now and in the future.”

Speaker Ryan’s bipartisan delegation included House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX), House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA), Reps. Vern Buchanan (R-FL), Liz Cheney (R-WY), Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), and Scott Taylor (R-VA).

Spain. During a refueling stop at Morón Air Base in Morón, Spain, the delegation met with members of the U.S. military and received a mission briefing from the Marine Corps’ Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force—Crisis Response—Africa. Speaker Ryan reassured our servicemen and women that he is committed to ensuring Congress provides them with the resources they need to execute their critical missions. Read the full release.

Saudi Arabia. In Saudi Arabia, the delegation met with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, and toured the Global Center for Combatting Extremist Ideology. Read the full release.

United Arab Emirates. After the speech on foreign policy at the Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), Speaker Ryan took part in a question and answer session with EDA Director Bernardino León and UAE Ambassador to the U.S. Yousef Al Otaiba. The delegation ended its day with a dinner meeting with Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed. Read the full release.

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Democrats Should Stop Standing in the Way of Rebuilding our Military

2018/01/26

One of our top priorities for 2018 is to rebuild our military so it remains the best in the world. Unforutnately, greater funding for our military—and a budget agreement to allow for it—have been taken hostage by Democrats as they seek leverage in an unrelated immigration debate. This dangerous political strategy puts our men and women in uniform at risk, and it needs to end now.

The United States today faces the most complex and challenging security environment in modern history, so we need our military to stay one step ahead of the rest of the world. To do this, we need to fully fund the Department of Defense to ensure our men and women in uniform have to tools they need to complete their missions.

This week, the House Appropriations Committee reintroduced legislation to fully fund the Pentagon at levels recommended by our military leaders. This will in fact be the third time the House acts to provide the resources our military needs. Similar bills passed the House on July 27, 2017 and September 14, 2017, but they stalled in the Senate due to objections from Democrats.

As Appropriations Defense Subcommittee Chairwoman Kay Granger (R-TX) said yesterday, “It is past time that this essential, must-pass Department of Defense funding bill is enacted into law. Congress must act responsibly and quickly to get these dollars out the door and where they are needed as soon as possible.”

Time and again, Senate Democrats have stonewalled attempts to fund our military at the levels we need. A necessary agreement to adjust budget caps has never been held up over immigration policy. This is not just irresponsible—it’s dangerous. By holding our military hostage for political gamesmanship, they are jeopardizing our national security and leaving our troops vulnerable on the battlefield.

Just this past wekeend, congressional Democrats were decrying the effects that short-term funding bills have on our military. We agree. And here is their chance to provide the certainty our military needs to plan for the future.

As Speaker Ryan said in his remarks to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) last week, “Our men and women in uniform are not bargaining chips—they are our nation’s best and brightest, who put their lives on the line for us.”

We hope that, once the House passes this bill (again), Senate Democrats will drop their partisan demands and join us in giving our troops what they need. They are counting on us.

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NEWS: American Family Insurance boosts investments in its people

2018/01/26

American Family Insurance joined the crowd of companies giving bonuses to and investing in their employees, thanks to tax reform. This includes a bonus, expanded tuition reimbursement, more family leave, a raised minimum wage, and more contributions to non-profit organizations.

Below is the company’s release:

“American Family Insurance continues to invest in its people, communities and customers as a result of the reduced federal tax rate. The company will use the tax reform to enhance employee benefits and reinforce the company’s commitment to its people for putting customers first and remaining an employer of choice. In the longer term, customers are expected to benefit, too, with the tax savings impacting pricing.

“Among the new benefits is a $1,000 one-time bonus for 11,000 employees, excluding officers and the board of directors, at American Family. This bonus is made possible because of the reduction of the federal corporate tax rate in 2018. The company’s independent contractor agents will also have the opportunity to earn a higher incentive for strong customer satisfaction. Over time, tax reform benefits will influence the company’s return on equity and have a favorable impact on pricing for customers.

“'Our success rests with our people who are dedicated to helping our customers,” said Bill Westrate, American Family Insurance president. 'These changes demonstrate our commitment to our people, today and into the future, with expanded benefits and educational support, and to the communities where we do business,’ he said.

“Enhanced benefits also extend directly to nonprofits that support communities. In 2018, American Family will contribute $10 million to its Dreams Foundation which supports programs and provides grants to nonprofits. This year the Foundation will provide a one-time 2-to-1 match for employee and agent donations to qualifying charities. That’s a boost from the 1-to-1 match in place since the Dreams Foundation was established in 2016.

“In addition to other direct contributions to charities, last year the foundation provided more than $1 million in matching gifts to charities supported by employees and agents, and another $600,000 in matches to the United Way.

“Along with these one-time enhancements, the company is making permanent changes to its benefits program – many of the updates are focused on supporting employee education.

“The company will expand the amount of tuition reimbursement for employees, help employees pay a portion of their student loans and offer scholarship opportunities to any American Family Insurance employee who pursues a two- or four-year post high school degree. The company already offers scholarship opportunities to children of employees, agents and agent staff.

“‘We continue to focus on providing an overall employee and agent experience that encourages people to bring their best every day, and sets American Family apart as we recruit new talent,’ said Jim St. Vincent, American Family Insurance chief human resources officer.

“Also new, the company’s family leave program will now provide American Family employees with paid leave to care for an ill child of any age or for a spouse or domestic partner. This is in addition to family leave to care for aging parents and the birth or adoption of a child.

“In 2017, American Family announced it was raising its minimum hourly pay rate for employees to $15 per hour to create a positive impact on employees and communities where the company does business.

“'These benefits have a positive impact on our people and the communities where we live and work, add to our local economies, and send a message to future talent that we invest in our workforce,’ said Westrate.”

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BREAKING: FedEx Announces $3.2 Billion in New Investments and Employee Benefits

2018/01/26

This morning, FedEx announced that it will spend $3.2 billion in new investments and employee benefits following enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Read below from the company’s release:

“FedEx Corporation is announcing three major programs today following the recently enacted U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:

“1) Over $200 million in increased compensation, about two-thirds of which will go to hourly team members by advancing 2018 annual pay increases by six months to April 1st from the normal October date. The remainder will fund increases in performance-based incentive plans for salaried personnel.

“2) A voluntary contribution of $1.5 billion to the FedEx pension plan to ensure it remains one of the best funded retirement programs in the country.

“3) Investing $1.5 billion to significantly expand the FedEx Express Indianapolis hub over the next seven years. The Memphis SuperHub will also be modernized and enlarged in a major program the details of which will be announced later this spring.

“FedEx believes the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will likely increase GDP and investment in the United States.”

FedEx joins a wave of companies awarding bonuses and higher wages to their employees, and increasing investment in the United States, in the wake of historic tax reform, including Starbucks, Disney, Verizon, and JP Morgan Chase just this week.

Despite what Democrats may tell you, tax reform is working. Economic confidence is on the rise, and millions of Americans across the country are already experiencing the benefits of the new law. And next month, 9 out of 10 Americans will see bigger paychecks thanks to tax reform.

Let’s keep it going. 

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Speaker Ryan CODEL Travels to United Arab Emirates

2018/01/25

ABU DHABI—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and his bipartisan Congressional Delegation continued their visit to the Middle East today, traveling to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The focus of the speaker’s visit to Abu Dhabi was advancing our shared goals of rolling back Iranian aggression and other extremist elements in the region, as well as continuing our economic and business partnerships.

“I appreciate the opportunity to come back to the UAE to discuss ways the U.S. can continue to work with our Emirati partner to counter extremism and Iranian influence in the region,” said Speaker Ryan. “We also have a unique opportunity to build on our strong economic partnership, and I look forward to continuing to maximize these opportunities in the near future.”

The delegation began its day at the U.S. Embassy where the members received several briefings. The speaker then delivered a speech on foreign policy at the Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), which was followed by a question and answer session between the EDA Director Bernardino León and UAE Ambassador to the U.S. Yousef Al Otaiba. The delegation ended its day with a dinner meeting with the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed.

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House to Vote Again on Legislation to Protect Young Victims of Sexual Assault

2018/01/25

WASHINGTON—Last May, the House passed H.R. 1973, the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse Act, legislation introduced by Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN) in response to reports of abuse in amateur athletics, including in the U.S. gymnastics program. Later in the year, the Senate passed similar legislation introduced by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and John Thune (R-SD). Today, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) released the following statement after House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announced that the House will vote next week on a final bill that reforms the way athletic governing bodies are required to prevent and deal with allegations of sexual abuse.

“We have all been inspired by the courage of the American athletes coming forward to tell their stories. The crimes committed against these young women are atrocious and rattle us all to the core. The fact that it went unreported to law enforcement is intolerable—and it’s a huge wake-up call. That’s why Congress has taken action to defend young victims and ensure the criminals are held accountable. The legislation that the House will take up next week makes major reforms to our nation’s amateur athletic governing bodies—including mandatory training, required reporting, and a reformed system to deal with allegations of sexual abuse. Our children must be protected from the heinous crime of sexual abuse."

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In the UAE, Speaker Ryan Delivers Remarks on the Threats from ISIS and Iran

2018/01/25

The U.S. Embassy welcomes the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Paul Ryan to Abu Dhabi. During his conversation with young #Emirati diplomats at the @UAE_EDA Speaker Ryan discussed the strong and friendly relations between the U.S. and the #UAE. #USAinUAE pic.twitter.com/qeyIIUFOl3

— US Mission to UAE (@USAinUAE) January 25, 2018

ABU DHABI—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), traveling with a bipartisan Congressional Delegation in the Middle East, delivered remarks today to the Emirates Diplomatic Academy in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on the threats from ISIS and radical Islamist terrorism, as well as ongoing aggression from Iran. Below are the Speaker’s remarks as prepared for delivery:

“Thank you so much, Director Leon. It is great to be here with Ambassador Leaf, Ambassador Otaiba, Sheikha Lubna, Dr. Al Jaber, other distinguished guests, and all of you—budding diplomats who will serve your country well in the years to come. “I am about to wrap up a visit to the region with a bipartisan Congressional Delegation. “Before arriving here, we were in Saudi Arabia where we met with His Majesty King Salman and the Crown Prince, Mohammad bin Salman. “We had excellent discussions on ways to continue strengthening our ties across a range of issues. “And here in Abu Dhabi, we have a singular focus which is building on our common mission to defeat and degrade our adversaries. “For too long, American leadership has been lacking in the Middle East. In that vacuum, others have filled the void. “But that is changing. The way I see it, we do not have a choice but to lead. It is American leadership on the global stage that has kept the peace in this post-Cold War era. And it is that leadership, working with our allies and partners around the world, that is so desperately needed today. “Back in Washington, we in Congress are working to provide the military with tools and resources that are required stay ahead of the challenges we face today. “My top focus is ensuring that the Department of Defense, under the leadership of Secretary Mattis, is second to none. “So through that lens, I want to outline two things that we’ve been talking about on this trip that are essential to advancing our mutual interests. “First, we must continue stepping up the fight against ISIS. “There is no question that this administration inherited a fight against ISIS that was not being fought as aggressively as it could have. “Secretary Mattis was determined to get after it from day one. We have made tremendous strides in the fight against ISIS, but we also know that their objectives are not limited to territorial gains. “They seek to inflict death and destruction on the United States and our allies by any means necessary. We have learned this the hard way. From Orlando and New York to San Bernardino, radical Islamist extremism continues to invest heavily in inspiring terrorist attacks on our soil. We cannot take our eye off the ball. “At the same time, we know that al-Qaeda is not—and was not—fully defeated. They have made significant gains around the world through their affiliates. In the wake of bin Laden’s death, they have grown, rebuilt, and decentralized their operations. This serves as an ongoing reminder that the battle against Islamist extremism does not end with the defeat of ISIS. “Of course, this is not new to you here in the Emirates. You fight this battle every single day against al-Qaeda in Yemen, so you understand first hand why we must take these threats so seriously. “So rest assured, we will not stop until ISIS, al-Qaeda, and their affiliates are defeated and no longer a threat to the United States and our allies. “Secondly, and perhaps most importantly, we are focused on the Iranian threat to regional stability. “This is an existential threat to you and it is an existential threat to Saudi Arabia—I want you to know that we see it exactly the same way that you do. “Of course, we have all been watching the recent protests in Iran, which is further proof that the regime has firmly turned all segments of Iranian society against it. To those of us who follow this regularly and understands how this regime operates, this does not come as a surprise. “But it is noteworthy and worth emphasizing—the regime is losing its stranglehold on the population. “When it comes to supporting peaceful protests against the tyrannical regime in Tehran, we need to be unequivocal. That is why we in the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan resolution backing the Iranian people in their pursuit of justice, freedom, and opportunity. “Let me be clear: The Congress will not repeat the mistakes of the past and we will not remain silent about the plight of the Iranian people who have faced brutal repression at the hands of the regime in Tehran. “The Trump administration’s comprehensive Iran strategy seeks to hold the regime accountable for its litany of destructive activities—and more importantly, is taking concrete steps to roll back Iranian expansion. Now we all need to work together to implement this strategy. “That means stopping the Revolutionary Guard Corps’ quest to establish new Hezbollah-like terrorist organizations in the region. “That means preventing the regime from securing a reliable land bridge from Tehran to Beirut. “To effectively combat these threats, we need to leverage our economic relationships to squeeze the regime in Tehran and make it more difficult to fund these activities. And we need to work with our allies, particularly our allies in the region, to leverage each of our unique skill sets and expertise. “So those are the two main issues that our delegation has been focused on during our trip. “There is no question that we have our work cut out for us. “These threats are real and they are evolving at a rapid pace. But I know that if we redouble our efforts to work together to combat these threats, we will ultimately be successful. “We should never underestimate the power and potential of strong American leadership. “So on behalf of my colleagues, I want to express how grateful we are to have such staunch allies here in the Emirates. And thank you again for being here. I look forward to our conversation.”

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Children’s Health Insurance Program Gets Record Extension

2018/01/25

This week, the longest extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in history became law. The six-year renewal of CHIP is a big win for the millions of families who depend on the program for coverage.

A federal-state partnership, CHIP provides access to health coverage for nearly 9 million children from low-income families. Roughly two million CHIP beneficiaries have chronic conditions. In applauding this week’s action, the Children’s Hospital Association noted that “this extension will ensure access to a range of pediatric services — from preventative visits to life-saving treatments — for millions of children in working families.”

As you may know, this took longer than it should have. Last month, Speaker Ryan talked about CHIP’s history of bipartisan support. “Care for children in need should always, always go beyond party lines,” he said. Yet, five times in 2 ½ months, a majority of House Democrats voted to block both short-term and long-term extensions of CHIP funding. Even this week, with several states on the verge of running out of CHIP funds, Democrats maintained their opposition.

Nevertheless, the longest CHIP extension in history is now law, giving doctors and families more certainty than ever. “Check children’s health insurance funding off the worry list,” the New Orleans Times-Picayune said in an editorial.

After the president signed the extension, Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) and Health Subcommittee Chairman Michael Burgess (R-TX) said, “families across the country can breathe a sigh of relief knowing they will continue having access to affordable, quality health insurance.”

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The Impact of Tax Reform in 24 Hours

2018/01/24

Need more proof that tax reform is working? Look no further than the past 24 hours.

In just the past day, more U.S. companies have announced new benefits for their employees thanks to tax reform:

Starbucks: This morning, Starbucks announced that it will dole out nearly $250 million in benefits to its workers, including pay raises for all 150,000 hourly and salaried employees.

Disney: Disney announced that it will issue a $1,000 bonus to more than 125,000 employees, and make a $50 million investment to a new program to help employees afford higher education.

Verizon: Verizon announced it will spend $380 million to award all non-senior executive full-time employees with 50 shares, and part-time employees with 25 shares.

JP Morgan Chase: JP Morgan Chase announced that it will increase hourly wages for 22,000 workers, award employees with a $750 bonus, and open 400 new branches over the next five years.

Economic confidence is on the rise in the wake of tax reform, and hardworking Americans are already reaping the benefits. And next month, when new IRS withholding tables take effect, 90 percent of Americans will see their paychecks rise. The reality is tax reform is already working for middle-income families across the country, and the best is yet to come.

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Ryan CODEL Travels to Saudi Arabia, Talks Focus on Regional Threats

2018/01/24

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA – House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and his bipartisan Congressional Delegation continued their visit to the Middle East today, traveling to Saudi Arabia. The focus of the delegation’s day was strengthening the U.S.-Saudi bilateral partnership following President Trump’s recent visit, as well as continuing discussions on a host of regional threats, including Iran’s existential threat to the stability of the region.

While at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, the delegation received in-depth briefings on a range of issues and met with the American Business Group of Riyadh.

The delegation then visited the Royal Court to meet with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, and later toured the Global Center for Combatting Extremist Ideology.

“I’m pleased to be back in Saudi Arabia to discuss our important relationship and shared interest in defeating terrorism and rolling back Iranian aggression in the region,” said Speaker Ryan. “These meetings have been extremely productive, and I look forward to our continued partnership as we work on these critical issues.”

The delegation then traveled to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to meet with Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz.

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Continuing Resolutions and Senate Democrats

2018/01/23

Let us be clear: Republicans do not want to use continuing resolutions to fund the government. That’s why the House has made it a priority for spending bills to go through regular order. But the thing about regular order is, the Senate has to do its job. For the Senate to be able to do its job, it means that Senate Democrats cannot filibuster the spending bills that the House sends its way.

Let’s take a quick jog down memory lane. Here’s a list of major spending bills that the House has passed that are currently sitting in the Senate—all because Senate Democrats threaten to filibuster them, making passage impossible:

  • July 27: The House passed a defense package, or the ‘Security Minibus,’ to address key national security priorities, including rebuilding our military and taking care of our veterans.
  • September 14: The House passed all 12 appropriations bills on time as part of the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act. That day, Speaker Ryan said, “we need the Senate to work with us to get these bills on the president’s desk.”
  • December 21: The House passed an additional disaster relief funding measure.
  • January 18: The House passed a continuing resolution to fund the government, which Senate Democrats initially blocked, and then agreed to pass yesterday.

That’s why it was odd that yesterday, right after Senate Democrats ended their needless, reckless crusade to shut down the government, Democratic leaders lambasted the use of continuing resolutions on the House floor.

“Let us try to use every one of those days to reach agreement on funding the government so we don’t have another CR, which all of us believe is bad fiscal policy and substantive policy,” House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer said. “And in this resolution, we will extend the harmful effects of another CR to both defense and nondefense agencies for another 17 days. That means that Congress will be more than four whole months into the fiscal year without a budget agreement. This is dangerous, Mr. Speaker, both to our military and to our civilian agencies, each of which require budget certainty.”

Democratic Leader Pelosi quoted the wise words of Defense Secretary Mattis for why continuing resolutions are not ideal.

“In August, Defense Secretary Mattis was asked what would be the effect of another stopgap short-term spending bill on the military. You all know he replied, ‘It just creates unpredictability.’  He said, ‘It makes us rigid.  We cannot deal with new and revealing threats.  We know our enemies are not standing still, so it’s as unwise as it can be.’ I’ll submit other statements to the record from the Navy Secretary [Richard Spencer], et cetera.”

We totally agree with the Democratic leaders. That’s why we urge Whip Hoyer and Leader Pelosi submit these statements to their counterparts in the Senate, who have been blocking these funding bills—making it so that continuing resolutions are the only way Congress can fund the government and provide resources to our men and women in uniform.

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With Tax Reform, Economic Confidence Is on the Rise

2018/01/23

We’ve been a little distracted over the past few days, but now that the government is open, our men and women in uniform are fully funded, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has been reauthorized for six years, we can get back to our favorite subject.

You guessed it—tax reform. And the good news has continued to roll in.

This morning, DTE Energy, a major utility company, announced it would cut energy prices by three percent because of tax reform. That’s great news, especially because it serves more than 1.3 million Americans in the Midwest. That’s 1.3 million people who will see lower electric and gas bills each month, all thanks to tax reform. This is on the heels of many other major utility companies announcing reduced rates for its customers.

The Republican-championed tax reform law is helping people and the economy. And people are starting to feel it. 

'American Satisfaction with Economy Reaches 17-Year High,' says the headline in the Wall Street Journal. Yes, a full 69 percent of people are satisfied with the economy today, according to this Journal/NBC News poll. That's the highest level since 2001, and it comes with more positive movement in favor of tax reform.

Last week, we highlighted two new polls that came out showing support for the new tax reform law has gained major traction among the American people. One showed an 18 point upswing since December and the other showed a whopping 21 point swing. That’s even before the story about Apple’s reinvestment in the U.S. economy made headlines. Pretty big news.

And in just a little over a week, the new withholding tables due to the reduced rates on the personal side will start to take effect. That means that 90 percent of wage-earning Americans, no matter who they work for, will start to see bigger paychecks. That means more savings for American families.

America’s economic confidence is on the rise. And it’s not hard to see why.

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Speaker Ryan Leads CODEL to Middle East

2018/01/23

MORÓN, SPAIN—U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) today kicked off a week-long bipartisan Congressional Delegation (CODEL) trip to the Middle East. The delegation will focus on regional stability, the campaign against ISIS and terrorism, and Iranian aggression. Speaker Ryan is joined by Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Intel Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA), Reps. Vern Buchanan (R-FL), Liz Cheney (R-WY), Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), and Scott Taylor (R-VA).

The CODEL first made a refueling stop at Morón Air Base in Morón, Spain, where they met with members of the U.S. military and received a mission briefing from the Marine Corps’ Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force—Crisis Response—Africa. The task force was deployed in response to the September 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi.

More stops will be announced in the coming days.

This trip marks the third international CODEL Speaker Ryan has led since assuming the speakership.

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Speaker Ryan's Floor Remarks on the End of the Shutdown

2018/01/22

WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) spoke on the House floor regarding the continuing resolution that opens up the government and funds the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years. The Senate passed the legislation this afternoon, ending a three-day government shutdown led by Senate Democrats. Below are his remarks:

“My colleagues, I just want to say a few words about the last couple of days.

“I know there is great relief that this episode is coming to an end.

“This shutdown did not need to happen. However brief, it inflicted needless costs on the country.

“There are no winners here today, I want to make that clear.

“No winners, except perhaps the millions of families who depend on the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

“Soon, the longest reauthorization in the program’s history will become law.

“But this is not a moment to pat ourselves on the back. Not even close.

“We very much need to heed the lessons of what just happened here.

“We need to move forward in good faith, yes on DACA and immigration, yes on funding our military so that it gets the resources that our military so badly needs.

“Let us address these urgent challenges.

“Finally, I think all of us want to join in thanking the men and women who serve in our Armed Forces and serve in our government, in our country and around the globe.

“They and their families are the ones get caught in the middle of things like this.

“For them, these aren’t political debates. Their livelihoods, and the country’s safety and security, depend on responsible governing.

“That is why I sincerely hope that we never find ourselves in this position again. And I thank all of our members for their patience this week.

“I yield back.”

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This afternoon: A vote to end the madness

2018/01/22

WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) released the following statement calling on Senate Democrats to end their shutdown and vote ‘yes' this afternoon on the bill to open back up the government:

“This can and should end now. I urge Senate Democrats to stop this madness and allow the government to reopen. Stop holding our government, our troops, and health care for our kids hostage. Senate Democrats and their filibuster forced this shutdown, and now they have an opportunity to end it. Vote yes.” 

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The Schumer Shutdown’s Dangerous Repercussions

2018/01/22

Today is day three of the Schumer Shutdown. On Friday evening, Senator Schumer and Senate Democrats filibustered the legislation to fund the government and pass a six year Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) reauthorization. At midnight, the federal government shut down. It is needless and it is reckless.

What are the repercussions of the Senate’s dangerous action? 

It’s estimated that as many as 800,000 federal employees have been furloughed, due to the actions of Senate Democrats. That’s 800,000 people worrying about missing a paycheck. That’s more than a million work projects that are halted as employees are banned from working. There are real-world effects from this ploy by Senate Democrats, and they grow more dire by the day.

Take the Department of Defense, for example, which detailed some of the impacts of a government shutdown on the agency and its mission.

The agency would take major hits to workforce and morale.

  • Serious disruption to the DOD workforce
  • All active duty will continue to work, but without pay
  • Roughly half of the civilian personnel will be furloughed
  • Personnel on travel and training would have to end their trips would be sent home
  • People stress about missing paychecks rather than focusing on their missions

Long-term military readiness would be put on the backburner.

  • Support activities, including many weapons maintenance activities
  • Most new contracts for support activities would be suspended

And last but certainly not least, our responsibilities to our service members—and to the families of the fallen—would go neglected.

  • No death benefits can be paid to any family members of those killed in line of duty
  • Many elective medical procedures would be halted
  • Some health provide bills may not be paid on time

Those are just some of the impacts from just one department. As Speaker Ryan said on the House floor on Saturday following the shutdown, “Democrats shut this down this government and now they need to open it back up. Stop holding our troops and children’s health insurance hostage. End this reckless shutdown that is inflicting needless uncertainty on our country. . . . Come to your senses. Do the right thing. Open this government back up.” 

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On Fox & Friends, Speaker Ryan Urges Senate Democrats to Open The Government

2018/01/22

Senator Schumer and Senate Democrats have a chance to reopen the government at noon today. Its time they end this reckless shutdown. pic.twitter.com/tCyDYXcsDU

— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) January 22, 2018

“If they open the government at noon, the House will pass this bill.” That was Speaker Ryan on Fox & Friends this morning urging Senate Democrats to end their shutdown and reopen the government. Watch the full interview here. Senate Democrats did this, Senate Democrats can end this:

“The Democrats will have a chance to open up the government that they shut down at noon today. If they open the government at noon, the House will pass this bill. . . . Look, children’s health insurance, that dries up. You’re seeing furloughed workers across America. Troops are not getting their pay. Border enforcement. National Parks. I could go on and on. This is totally pointless and needless. Senate Democrats did this. Senate Democrats are the ones who can stop this, and that’s at noon today. There are enough votes to open the government, but Senate Democrats need to drop their filibuster:

“A minority in the Senate, Senate Democrats, are using their filibuster to shut down the government. . . . We know that there are enough votes to open the government. If it actually came to a vote, there would be more than 50 votes to open the government back up, but Senate Democrats are using their filibuster, making it 60 votes and shutting down the government. Here is what is so weird about this, Ainsley: the bill we passed in the House, they support it. They don't oppose the underlying legislation. That is what is so weird about this. Senate Democrats blew up bipartisan DACA negotiations when they shut down the government:

“We are for fixing this problem. As you know, we want to make sure that we fix it more comprehensively so we don't have another DACA problem in a few years. That's the point, but that's what is bizarre to me. We had bipartisan negotiations between the House and the Senate, Republicans and Democrats already taking place, and they still shut the government down. A couple quotes from the 2013 government shutdown: 'When you open the government, we'll open negotiations.' Dick Durbin, 2013. Or this, 'I believe in immigration reform. What if I persuaded my caucus to say, 'I'm going to shut down the government, I'm not going to pay our bills unless I get my way.' It's a politics of idiocy, of confrontation, of paralysis. Chuck Schumer, 2013. This is just ridiculous.  I don't think they knew what they were getting themselves into. I'm not really sure. What we're saying open the government, we'll get back to the negotiations that were already underway, that they blew up when they shut down the government open. Open the government:

“You know what I’ve been saying all along? Open the government, then we’ll start negotiating. Open the government, we’ll resume negotiations. Look, we were negotiating before when they shut the government down. That’s what’s so weird about all this.”

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Speaker Ryan on ‘Face the Nation’: Open up the Government

2018/01/21

This morning, Speaker Ryan appeared on CBS’ Face the Nation to discuss the Senate Democrats’ reckless shut down of the federal government. Watch the interview here. 

On the Schumer Shutdown

"We're waiting for the Senate Democrats to open the government back up. . . They shut down the government over a completely unrelated issue. And the bill that they're opposing is a bill that they support which is just baffling to us. Children's health insurance, funding for our troops, keeping the government going. They shut it down over an unrelated immigration issue with a deadline weeks away. And what's so baffling about this was we were negotiating in good faith on DACA all the same. We actually want to solve this problem. So it's not as if we were saying, ‘No way, no how. No discussions.’ They blew up the negotiations that were already underway."

On blaming the president 

You can't blame Donald Trump for the Senate Democrats shutting down the government. They shut down the government with no end game in sight. I frankly don't think they felt we were going to pass our bill. And when we passed our bill, funding children's health insurance, keeping the troops funded, preventing the medical device tax from kicking in in a few days which worries everyone's healthcare costs, they would not pass that bill. That has nothing to do with President Trump.”

On Senate Democrats’ filibuster tactics

“We've passed the CHIP program. This is the third CHIP long-term reauthorization we have passed in the House. And the Senate Democrats have been filibustering it each and every time. We passed all 12 appropriation bills for all of government last September in the House. And the Senate Democrats have been filibustering those bills. We passed in December funding for these natural disasters and the hurricanes, and the Senate Democrats have been filibustering these bills. So the point I'm trying to make. . . is the Senate Democrats have chosen: Filibuster CHIP, filibuster appropriations, filibuster getting these things done. And then blame the dysfunction on everybody else. The point I'm trying to make is if you want to get these problems solved, open up the government, resume negotiations, and let's solve these problems."

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Speaker Ryan Floor Remarks on the Senate Democrats' Shutdown

2018/01/20

WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) spoke on the House floor regarding the action Senate Democrats took last night to force a government shutdown. Below are his remarks:

“My colleagues, at this hour, the federal government is needlessly shutdown because of Senate Democrats.

“One party in one house of this Congress is deliberately holding our government hostage.

“This did not need to happen. But it is important for people to understand why this is happening.

“Mr. Speaker, let me understand why this happened. On Thursday, this House responsibly passed a bill to keep the government open and extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which covers nearly 9 million children from low-income families.

“No games, no strings attached. A straightforward bill. We did our job. But Senate Democrats simply refused to do theirs.

“Last night, they used the filibuster to block our bill and shut down this government.

“But why? What exactly is in this bill was it that the Senate Democrats oppose? Why would they do such a thing?

“What do they find so objectionable that it is worth holding the whole government hostage?

“Was it funding for our military? Was it the Children’s Health Insurance Program? Is it funding for the Veterans Administration? Is it funding for our National Parks?

“What is it? The answer is, they have no problem with any of it! And yet they are blocking it anyway.

“That’s right, Senate Democrats shut down the government over a bill they have no issues with!

“They opposed a bill they don’t even oppose. We do some crazy things in Washington, but this is utter madness.

“Here is the simple truth: Senate Democrats refuse to fund the government unless we agree to their demands on something entirely unrelated.

“They want a deal on immigration, and then they’ll think about reopening the government. It is a shakedown strategy that Senate Democrats have been talked into by their base.

“Now I could go on and on about how cynical I think their ploy is. And I do.

“But let me read to you something Senator Schumer himself said in 2013, the last time we found ourselves in this position. Here is what he said: ‘No matter how strongly one feels about an issue, you shouldn’t hold millions of people hostage. That’s what the other side is doing. That’s wrong and we can’t give in to that.’

“Let me repeat that first line: ‘No matter how strongly one feels about an issue, you shouldn’t hold millions of people hostage.’

“He was right! You shouldn’t. But that’s exactly what he and his party are doing now.

“Here is something else Senator Schumer said in 2013: ‘I believe in immigration reform. What if I persuaded my caucus to say, ‘I’m going to shut the government down, I am going to not pay our bills unless I get my way?’ It's a politics of idiocy, of confrontation, of paralysis.’

“‘Politics of idiocy.’ His words, not mine.

“Here is one more quote from Senator Schumer in 2013: ‘We believe strongly in immigration reform. We could say, ‘we’re shutting down the government … until you pass immigration reform.’ It would be governmental chaos.’

“Sadly, he had that right too. As we speak, furlough notices are going out to federal workers across the country.

“Half of the Defense Department’s civilian workforce has to be furloughed.

“Training for the Reserves has to stop. Guardsmen have to be sent home.

“A number of states will soon run out of money for children’s health insurance.  

“And all of it this is just completely unnecessary.

“But Senate Democrats believe none of it is too high a price to pay for appeasing their political base.

“There is no reason for a shutdown. We have been, and continue to be, willing to work together in good faith on immigration. But that deadline is weeks away.

“There is no good reason for Senate Democrats to keep willfully forcing a shutdown on this country.

“Now I want to take a moment to address the men and women who work here in the Capitol and around the country in this government, whether it’s the military, the Reserves, law enforcement, medical researchers, National Parks, wherever you are and whatever is that you’re doing for the taxpayers.

“Thank you for your service. Thank you for the sacrifices that you and your families make. We could not be more grateful.

“You should not have to go through this uncertainty. You deserve much better than this needless shutdown. And we hope that it will end very soon.

“My colleagues, Senate Democrats shut this down this government and now they need to open it back up.

“Stop holding our troops and children’s health insurance hostage. End this reckless shutdown that is inflicting needless uncertainty on our country.

“Let common sense and cooler heads prevail. Come to your senses. Do the right thing. Open this government back up.”

In 2013—the last time we found ourselves in this position—here is what Senator Schumer said: "No matter how strongly one feels about an issue, you shouldn't hold millions of people hostage." He was right! You shouldn't. But that's exactly what he and his party are doing now. pic.twitter.com/nXfIzPGY1s

— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) January 20, 2018
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Statement on Senate Democrats Shutting Down the Federal Government

2018/01/20

WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement after Senate Democrats blocked a straightforward bill to keep the government open and reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP):

“Senate Democrats have let down our troops, our children, and all Americans. They will do anything to appease their base, even shut down the federal government. There is nothing in this bill to keep the government open that Democrats actually oppose, and yet they are blocking it nonetheless in a dangerous political ploy. All of this is just unnecessary. It is reckless. Senate Democrats have brought us to a shutdown.”

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WATCH: Speaker Ryan's Remarks at the March for Life

2018/01/19

WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) delivered the following address at the 45th annual March for Life today. Below are his remarks:

“Can we just thank God for giving us a pro-life president back in the White House? What a crowd. This is so exciting. It is so exciting to see so many young people here today. Your energy is so infectious!

“You know, I’ve been participating in the March for Life for years. One thing that has always struck me—and there’s one thing that strikes me again right now—is the vigor and the enthusiasm of the pro-life movement.

“Looking out on this crowd, I can see there are people here of all ages, from all walks of life, but the young people here is what is so inspiring because it tells me this is a movement that is on the rise.

“And do you know why the pro-life movement is on the rise? Because truth is on our side. Life begins at conception.

“Do you know why the pro-life movement is on the rise? Because science is on our side. Just look at the ultrasounds that have shown us more about the pre-born child than ever before. How they develop, how they react, how they feel pain.

“Most importantly, the pro-life movement is on the rise because we have love on our side. We believe every person is worthy of love and dignity. That is why the pro-life movement is on the rise.

“You know, one thing that gets lost in all of the controversy is how compassionate the pro-life really movement is. This is what is lost by all those detractors out there.

“I am so proud of the work this movement has done to help women, especially women who have gone through the pain of abortion. This movement helps them find healing and acceptance. 

“I am so proud of this movement and how it supports single mothers who are struggling to raise their children. How it gives them resources through thousands of phenomenal crisis pregnancy centers around the country. This is the face of the pro-life movement.

“We’re so proud of the movement and what it’s doing to reach out to past and present abortion workers—to help those with new perspectives find new jobs and a fresh start.

“This is true compassion. This is real love. That’s what this movement is about—and it’s why the March for Life is such a joyful march. Anyone who is out here today can feel how much joy there is in this crowd. Anyone watching on TV can see it.

“People come from all over the country. You march with your churches, your friends, your neighbors. You march with joy and hope, not with anger or hate. You don’t see that on the other side, do you?

“You know what is so exciting and so blessed here is I get to stand up here with these phenomenal pro-life stalwarts in Congress. Let’s hear it for these men and women in Congress.

“This is the face of the pro-life movement in America. This is the face of the pro-life movement in Congress.

“We strive to make our time in Congress a March for Life in itself. We strive to fight for the unborn, to pass important pro-life legislation through Congress, to work with the Trump administration to pass pro-life policies and laws.  

“And we’re making a lot of progress.

“In the House, we passed legislation defunding Planned Parenthood.

“In the House, we passed the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which restricts abortions after 20 weeks.  

“We passed the Conscience Protection Act, which ensures no one is forced to perform an abortion against his or her will. Religious freedom is the first amendment. It is the first protection in our bill of rights.

“And just a few minutes ago, today, we passed the Born Alive Survivors Protection Act. It protects the life of those babies who suffer from failed abortions.

“But most importantly, like the March for Life, we are striving to do this without judgment in our hearts—but with compassion and with love for all of the victims.

“I want to thank you. I want to thank you for being here, for taking the time, for the prayers, for the joy, and for the compassion, and for love you demonstrate here at this March. This is why the pro-life movement is on its rise.

“Remember, these are our most powerful tools against the pains of abortion. This is the pro-life movement. This is one that we will win this day. Thank you and God bless you and tell everybody, come back next and bring three friends.”

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“This is absolutely needless”: On Fox News, Speaker Ryan Decries Senate Democrats’ Shutdown Scheme

2018/01/19

This morning, Speaker Ryan appeared on Fox News’ America’s Newsroom to urge Senate Democrats to abandon their reckless scheme to shut down the government. Watch the entire interview here.

Speaker Ryan: “This is absolutely needless, completely unnecessary, and wholly because of Senate Democrats trying to shut down the government, holding the entire government hostage for a completely unrelated issue that doesn't have a deadline right now. . . . If we have a government shutdown, that the Democrats insist on, troops don't get paid, they’re holding our military hostage. Children's health insurance dries up, seven states run out of money for their children’s health insurance. The Medical Device Tax kicks in so anybody getting a medical procedure that involves a device will pay a whole lot more for that procedure. Those are things that will happen if the Senate Democrats continue to insist on shutting down the government. . . .Senator Schumer said this very tactic, this very strategy a few years ago, was governmental chaos. Nancy Pelosi called it legislative arson. This is exactly what they're doing and it is completely unnecessary to hold the government hostage for something unrelated. And by way, those DACA negotiations are underway right now. There are good faith bipartisan negotiations underway on DACA right now that have been occurring for some time and that deadline is not until March. So what they're simply trying to do is hold all of government hostage, our troops, kids’ health insurance, for a completely unrelated issue. I think it's shameful.”

Speaker Ryan: “I think the Democrats are hoping that the American people won’t know that they had their fingerprints all over this. That the American people won't know that it's the Senate Democrats who are actually filibustering this, because as you said, Bill, unfortunately it takes 60 votes in the Senate to do any of this stuff. I found it interesting that Senator Schumer said we should do an appropriations process. Guess what? The House passed all the appropriations bills before the fiscal year deadline, September 30th, and they’ve been sitting in the Senate since September. Every single appropriation bill to fund all of government, those bills passed the House and are sitting in the Senate. We passed the defense appropriations bill twice. It is sitting in the Senate. We passed the hurricane relief appropriation bill in December. It is sitting in the Senate. There is one theme as to why none of this activity is occurring, no actions happening—Senate Democrats are filibustering appropriations, funding the government, and now they are filibustering a Continuing Resolution to keep the government open.”

Speaker Ryan: “The Senate Democrats are holding our men and women in uniform hostage over an unrelated issue. Senate Democrats are holding children's health insurance hostage for an unrelated issue. . . . That’s what they're doing, they’re basically holding all of government hostage. Troops won't get paid after tomorrow if the Senate Democrats have their way. Seven states will run out of children's health insurance, if the Senate Democrats have their way. It is ridiculous and it is legislative arson and it is governmental chaos as Chuck and Nancy used to say, and I don't think they should do it.”

Speaker Ryan: “The President doesn't want to shutdown, Republicans don't want to shutdown, the House passed a bill to prevent a shutdown and it is solely up to Senate Democrats led by Senator Schumer, who used to call this governmental chaos, and Nancy Pelosi, who used to call it legislative arson, don't do what you yourself say is wrong. Keep the government funded and stay involved in these good-faith bipartisan negotiations. That’s what civil people do. That’s what we should be doing and that is what we have done here in the House.”

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Speaker Ryan Statement ahead of Senate Vote

2018/01/19

WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement ahead of the Senate convening to consider the continuing resolution to fund the government and fully authorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years:

“Make no mistake about it: Senate Democrats are the only ones standing in the way of a fully funded government and a reauthorized health insurance program for children. This is no time to play politics and force a shutdown. The House has done its job. And now Democrats' dangerous opposition jeopardizes funding for our military and puts our national security at risk. It uses our men and women in uniform as political bargaining chips. This is unacceptable. This is needless. This is wrong. I urge Senator Schumer and the Senate Democrats to reconsider their reckless intent to shut down the government.”

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Photos: A Congressional Gold Medal for the Honorable Bob Dole

2018/01/19

It is the highest civilian honor that Congress can bestow, and this week, they awarded the Congressional Gold Medal to the soldier, legislator, and statesman from Kansas, Senator Bob Dole.

1. "Senator Dole, because of you, America is better." - Speaker Ryan

2. Speaker Ryan congratulates Senator Dole for a lifetime of service and sacrifice.

 

3.  In his first public appearance in the Capitol Rotunda since Inauguration Day, President Trump praises Senator Dole for "earning his place in the pages of American history."

4. Congress voted unanimously to award Senator Bob Dole with the Congressional Gold Medal.

5. The other Senator Dole—Elizabeth—had the most important words of praise for her husband on such a special day.

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Click the video below to watch the full Congressional Gold Medal ceremony.

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Speaker Ryan Discusses the March for Life on CBN

2018/01/19

Today, ahead of his address at the 45th annual March for Life, Speaker Ryan appeared on the Christian Broadcasting Network’s The 700 Club for a conversation about the march and his faith. Watch the interview here and check out excerpts below.

Speaker Ryan: “I’m so excited to be speaking at March for Life tomorrow. I’ve been participating in it for many, many years. I’m a big fan of it because I’m pro-life. . . .I believe life begins at conception. I’m excited about championing the cause of the unborn child, and that is why I’m ecstatic about participating in the March for Life.”

Speaker Ryan: “I could not do my job as a husband, as a father, as the Speaker of the House without my faith. It is indispensable. It is an integral part of my life. I start my day in prayer, I end my day in prayer.” 

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Ryan to Schumer: ‘Do not shut down the federal government’

2018/01/19

Senator Schumer, do not shut down the federal government.⁰⁰Do not jeopardize funding for our military and for our national security.⁰⁰Do not jeopardize funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program.⁰⁰It is risky. It is reckless. And it is wrong. pic.twitter.com/1NLeGDY20i

— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) January 19, 2018

Tonight, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) joined with other Republican leaders to send a simple message to Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY): “Do not shut down the federal government.” The Speaker’s remarks followed House passage of legislation to keep the government open, fund the military, and fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years. Below are Speaker Ryan’s remarks as delivered:

“Senator Schumer, do not shut down the federal government. “Do not jeopardize funding for our military and for our national security. “Do not jeopardize funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program. “It is risky. It is reckless. And it is wrong. “I ask the American people to understand this: “The only people standing in the way of keeping the government open are Senate Democrats. “Whether there is a government shutdown or not is now entirely up to them. “I also want people to understand that Senate Democrats do not oppose anything that is in this bill. “They are just holding this critical funding hostage for a deal on a completely unrelated immigration issue. “Yes, we need to address the DACA program, and we are engaged in good-faith negotiations as we speak. “But that deadline is weeks away. “So Senate Democrats are treating our men and women in military, who are putting their lives at risk and on the line for us, as bargaining chips at this point. “And they fully intend to shut down the government unless they get their way. “This is a strategy that Senator Schumer himself has called ‘governmental chaos.’ “We sincerely hope—we sincerely hope—that cooler heads will prevail. “And we sincerely hope that Senator Schumer will abandon this shutdown strategy. “Help us keep the government open. Help us keep our military funded. And let’s continue to work together in good faith. “That is the choice they have to make.”

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House Votes to Keep Government Open, Fund Children’s Health

2018/01/18

WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement after the House passed the continuing resolution to fund the government through February 16th and fully reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years:

“The only thing standing in the way of government funding, resources for our troops, and health care for children right now is Senate Democrats. The House did the right thing. We did the right thing for our men and women in uniform who rely upon Congress for the resources to protect us and themselves. We did the right thing for the millions of American children who rely on the CHIP program for their health care needs. Now, it’s up to the Senate. Now will Senator Schumer and the Senate Democrats do the right thing by the American people, or will they force a government shutdown?”

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NEW POLL: Tax Law Popularity Rises as Americans See Benefits

2018/01/18

Today, a new poll shows the new tax law quickly rising in popularity as Americans see the benefits. In just the last month, according to the survey from NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist, significantly more people believe the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will help them and their families. On net, the poll finds a remarkable 21-point swing in just one month.

This news follows a New York Times poll showing that approval for tax reform has jumped from 37 percent in December to 46 percent today. And for good reason.

In the weeks since President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law, hundreds of businesses across the country have rewarded their employees with bonuses, pay raises, and other financial benefits. Just yesterday, Apple announced that it would give its employees a $2,500 bonus and invest $350 billion in the U.S. economy in the next five years due in part to tax reform. And come February, 90 percent of Americans will see bigger paychecks as the IRS adjusts withholding tables to account for the new law.

All this goes to show that tax reform is working. Americans are already seeing the benefits, and this is just the beginning.

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Statement on Congressional Accountability Reform Act

2018/01/18

WASHINGTON–House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement after introduction of bipartisan legislation reforming the Congressional Accountability Act. It improves the existing policies and mechanisms in place to guard against and report harassment and discrimination in Congress.

“This past fall, we pledged to enhance the workplace safety of Congress, and today’s bipartisan legislation brings us one step closer to fulfilling that promise. Crafted after multiple hearings on this serious matter, this bill contains major reforms to the Congressional Accountability Act. It ensures that victims of workplace harassment have the resources they need to get the justice they deserve.

“I commend the House Administration Committee, Chairman Harper, as well as the bipartisan members who worked so hard on it, for their leadership on this legislation. No staffer or Member should ever feel unsafe in public service, and this bill will help make that a reality.”

Learn more here.

Sponsors and co-sponsors:

Committee on House Administration Chairman Gregg Harper (MS-3), Committee Ranking Member Robert Brady (PA-1) Committee on Ethics Chairwoman Susan Brooks (IN-5) Ranking Member Ted Deutch (FL-22) Rep. Bradley Byrne (AL-1) Rep. Rodney Davis (IL-13) Rep. Barbara Comstock (VA-10) Rep. Mark Walker (NC-6) Rep. Adrian Smith (NE-3) Rep. Barry Loudermilk (GA-11) Rep. Zoe Lofgren (CA-19) Rep. Jamie Raskin (MD-8) Rep. Jackie Speier (CA-14)

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Statement on Senate Passage of National Security Legislation

2018/01/18

WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement on Senate passage of S. 139, the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017:

“This vote is a victory in our fight against terrorism. That is why this legislation gives our intelligence community the tools it needs to target foreign terrorists on foreign soil. The 702 program has already saved countless lives by preventing numerous planned attacks on our homeland, including a 2009 plot on the New York City subway system. This measure also features important reforms to strengthen privacy protections for U.S. citizens. I look forward to sending this critical bill to the president’s desk in short order."

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Tax Reform Is Working

2018/01/18

Tax reform is working. Last year, Republicans delivered the biggest tax reform since the 1980s—bringing real relief for American workers. And it's already paying off for American families. Speaker Ryan discussed how people all across the country are already reaping the benefits of the tax cuts signed into law by President Trump last month:

“Guess what? Tax reform is working. It really is. It’s working for families. It’s working for businesses. Tax reform is working for our economy. Yesterday, Apple announced $2,500 bonuses for its employees, as well as the largest investment any company has made in response yet to tax reform. Remember, this is not just happening at the biggest of companies.

“I was in North Prairie, Wisconsin, just last Friday. I visited Zero Zone. It’s a company that makes refrigerator display cases. We talked about how tax reform is going to help them expand and hire more people. These kinds of decisions are taking place across the country.

“This is such a change from the past years. Now, the conversation is about growing and expanding. Now workers are coming home and telling their families they got a bonus, or they got a raise, or they got better benefits. You know, I mentioned just yesterday a worker at the Chrysler plant in Belvedere came up to me at my son’s basketball game and told me how he’s going to get $4,000 more as a result of the bonus and the tax cut.

“Tax reform is working, and it’s helping to improve people’s lives, which is exactly why we did it.”

 

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Funding Our Military Is an Urgent Responsibility

2018/01/18

For the second time today, during his weekly press conference, Speaker Ryan stressed how urgent funding our military is—an urgency that, unfortunately, Democrats don’t seem to share:

“I talked at CSIS this morning about how critical it is that we fully fund our military. It is the first responsibility of our government. And right now, this is an urgent responsibility, as our military faces a serious deterioration of its readiness capabilities. “Unfortunately, Democrats don’t seem to share that urgency at all. They continue to hold military funding hostage over unrelated issues and deadlines that don’t exist. Now they are threatening to shut down the government altogether over these unrelated issues. It is just unconscionable. Our men and women in uniform need our help. They need these resources so they can do their jobs and do so safely. “Don’t take my word for it. Here is what Senator Schumer himself said in 2013. Let me read you this quote. This is from Senator Schumer:

‘We believe strongly in immigration reform. We could say, 'We’re shutting down the government . . . until you pass immigration reform.' It would be governmental chaos.’ Chuck Schumer, October 26, 2013.

“This strategy is ‘governmental chaos.’ I could not agree more. We should not be playing these games. The most responsible thing we can do is avoid that chaos and pass this continuing resolution that we’re bringing to the floor. Address the real deadlines that are here. The real deadlines like continuing funding for our military. Extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program. And instead of our men and women in uniform being treated like bargaining chips, we can keep working on getting them the resources that they need. “Now, continuing resolutions are not ideal. That is why the House passed all 12 of the appropriations bills ahead of schedule before the fiscal year. The only reason one is even necessary—the only reason we have to pass the CR today—is because Democrats refuse to close on a spending agreement, taking it hostage for an immigration deal.  “Again, the most responsible thing we can do for our military—and for the country—is keep the government open, pay our troops, put aside the games, move forward, and continue to negotiate with each other in good faith.”

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Top 5 Moments from Speaker Ryan’s Address on Military Funding and Readiness

2018/01/18

Today, Speaker Ryan delivered remarks at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) on military funding and readiness. The address comes ahead of Friday's deadline to extend funding for our military, which Speaker Ryan argues is critical to equip our troops so they can do their jobs.

Here are the top five moments:

Our Men and Women in Uniform are Not Bargaining Chips

Our men and women in uniform are not bargaining chips—they are our nation’s best and brightest, who put their lives on the line for us. pic.twitter.com/vuyPdEvNUQ

— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) January 18, 2018

We Have Pushed Our Military Past the Breaking Point

We have pushed our military past the breaking point: → Funding for modernizing the @USArmy has been cut in half in the past 8 years.→ Less than half of @USNavy aircraft are capable of flying.→ The @usairforce is now at its smallest size in our nation’s history. pic.twitter.com/296xySyygA

— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) January 18, 2018

Our Number One Responsibility Is National Defense

Retweet to agree→ The federal government has many responsibilities. But its first and foremost responsibility is our national defense. pic.twitter.com/O92X1zBmxo

— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) January 18, 2018

The Most Complex Global Security Environment Since WWII

From North Korea and Iran to Russia and China, this is by far the most complex and challenging global security environment we have seen since WWII. The greatest antidote to that uncertainty is the ability to depend on our Armed Forces to keep the peace. pic.twitter.com/fmYJvikr9H

— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) January 18, 2018

Give Our Troops the Tools They Need to do Their Jobs

Our men and women in uniform put their own lives at risk, with the utmost courage, bravery, and selflessness. But they need the tools to do their jobs safely and effectively. And quite frankly, we are letting them down. pic.twitter.com/QnNiVcaNGH

— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) January 18, 2018
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FULL TEXT: Speaker Ryan's Remarks at CSIS on Military Funding and Readiness

2018/01/18

Retweet to agree→ The federal government has many responsibilities. But its first and foremost responsibility is our national defense. pic.twitter.com/O92X1zBmxo

— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) January 18, 2018

WASHINGTON—Today, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) delivered remarks to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) on military funding and readiness. The address comes ahead of Friday's deadline to extend funding for our military, which Speaker Ryan argues is critical to equip our troops so they can do their jobs. Below are Speaker Ryan's remarks as prepared for delivery:

"Thank you so much, John, and thank you to CSIS for hosting me today.

"This institution has been a leading voice in shaping America’s role in the world for more than five decades. And I cannot think of a more critical time to be here.

"The federal government has many responsibilities. But its first and foremost responsibility is our national defense.

"Today, the United States has the greatest fighting force in the world. Keeping it that way is vital to keeping our country safe.

"But right now, our men and women in uniform are operating under enormous strain, some of which, frankly, is of our own making.

"That is why rebuilding our military is one of the highest priorities of our unified government. I can tell you it is my highest priority today.

"The good news is that this Congress has made a bipartisan commitment to fund our national defense.

"Republicans and Democrats worked together to send a strong national defense bill to the president’s desk.

"And right now, we are engaged in good-faith negotiations to make sure our budget reflects those commitments.

"I am optimistic we will get there, but we cannot allow this work to be layered into or minimized as Washington melodrama.

"We have to be clear-eyed in laying out for the American people why so much is at stake.

"Rebuilding our military is essential to confronting the threats we face—threats that are evolving at an alarmingly rapid pace.

"North Korea is working to develop ballistic missiles capable of hitting the continental United States.

"Iran is marching forward with its quest for regional hegemony by backing terrorism across the globe.

"And what is left of ISIS is trying to figure out how to expand and influence terrorism in the Middle East, Afghanistan, and into the West, including by inspiring attacks here at home—from New York and Boston to Orlando and San Bernardino.

"Then there are those countries that want to remake the world order in their authoritarian image. Russia is trying to drive holes through NATO while threatening some of our closest allies in Eastern Europe, while Chinese aggression continues to stir instability in the South China Sea. And these threats are particularly serious, because allowing Russia and China to upend the post-Cold War order first and foremost affects us here at home.

"Our adversaries recognize our supremacy in the traditional domains of warfare, and are therefore trying to develop capabilities that put our most vital interests at risk, while avoiding our traditional strengths.

"This is not some problem we are projected to face years down the road. It is happening right now.

"This is by far the most complex and challenging global security environment we have seen since World War Two. We know the greatest antidote to that uncertainty is the ability to depend on our Armed Forces to keep the peace.

"But, and this brings me to the second big reason this is so important: we have simply pushed our military past the breaking point.

"Instead of upgrading our hardware, we have let our equipment age. Instead of equipping our troops for tomorrow’s fight, we have let them become woefully underequipped.

"Funding for modernizing the Army has been cut in half in just the past eight years.

"Navy sailors are putting in 100-hour work weeks, and less than half of their aircraft are capable of flying.

"Roughly 80 percent of Marine Corps aviation units lack the minimum number of ready basic aircraft.

"And the Air Force is now at its smallest size in our nation’s history, and the average age of their aircraft is 27 years old.

"The cost of these readiness deficiencies are dire. This is literally costing us lives.

"In total, we lost 80 lives due to training accidents in 2017—nearly four times as many killed in combat. Just think about that for a second.

"And the worst part is that these deaths may have been preventable. There is no excuse for that. We need to do better.

"We ask a lot of our men and women in uniform. We ask them to carry out dangerous missions in dangerous parts of the world. And they do so, putting their own lives at risk, with the utmost courage, bravery, and selflessness.

"They do this because they believe not only in this country, but in the idea of this country: That America remains that shining beacon of freedom, justice, and democracy around the world.

"But in exchange for their service, we make them a sacred promise. We promise that we will give them the tools they need to do their jobs safely and effectively. And today, quite frankly, we are letting them down. We are breaking that promise. That is shameful.

"So let me clear about what our goals are.

"An adequate budget agreement that fully funds our troops. That means lifting the spending caps that disproportionately hamstring the defense budget, holding our national security hostage.

"The Pentagon cannot plan for the future if it keeps operating under short-term spending bills. The days of budgetary uncertainty and underfunding need to end.

"Doing so will allow us to modernize our forces and maintain a forward presence, bolstered by commanders having the rapid response capabilities they need.

"Twice now, the House has passed an appropriations measure to back up our commitments, but it remains stalled because of opposition from Senate Democrats. They need to stop playing politics with this.

"Our men and women in uniform are not bargaining chips—they are our nation’s best and brightest, who put their lives on the line for us.

"We need to reform the Pentagon too. That means overhauling the acquisition process, facilitating a serious audit of DOD, and finding ways to improve efficiency through innovation and new business practices.

"Chairman Thornberry and his members are championing these issues in the House. In the past two years alone, we have enacted significant bipartisan reforms to streamline bureaucracy at the Pentagon, strengthen the military health care and retirement systems, and improve congressional oversight. This is a great start, but there is more work to be done.

"And we need a new military strategy for the 21st century. That means a military that is more lethal, agile, and robust. Nobody understands this better than Secretary Mattis. And tomorrow, he will unveil a National Defense Strategy that provides a clear, unequivocal plan to ensure our military might never falters. This is the first NDS released in a decade, and it will provide a clear path forward for our national defense.

"But that path will get longer every day that goes by without an adequate budget agreement.

"As I said at the outset, this country has the greatest fighting force in the world.

"And we will always do what is necessary to protect the American people.

"We cannot shy away from the threats we face. We must confront them.

"We cannot shun our alliances. We must strengthen them.

"And we cannot leave our troops unprepared on the battlefield. We must equip them.

"I do not care if you are a Republican or Democrat. Our troops, our military, our national security—these are not partisan issues. When it comes to keeping Americans safe, we are all on the same side.

"So today I am here to ask for your help.

"Help us make this case to the American people.

"Help us get our troops what they need to do their jobs.

"And help us ensure that the United States military remains the best in the world.

"Thank you again for being here. I look forward to our conversation."

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Congress Awards Senator Dole with Congressional Gold Medal

2018/01/17

Since its founding, America has been ushered beyond the threshold of greatness by individuals of unrivaled courage. @SenatorDole is one of those giants. pic.twitter.com/XN5C2uc8Pl

— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) January 17, 2018

WASHINGTON—Today, the United States Congress presented a congressional gold medal to former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole of Kansas. Below are Speaker Ryan’s remarks as prepared for delivery:

“Ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon. It is a privilege to welcome you all to the grandest hall in Washington for an even grander occasion, as we award the highest civilian honor this body can bestow.

“I am honored to be joined today by President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, as well as Senator Elizabeth Dole and Second Lady Karen Pence. I’d also like to welcome our congressional leaders and so many others who I recognize in the audience.

“Today, it is my honor to say that pursuant to S. 1616, we award the congressional gold medal to the soldier, the legislator, the statesman from Kansas—Senator Bob Dole.

“The congressional gold medal is one of our oldest traditions. Since its founding, our country has been ushered beyond the threshold of greatness by individuals of unrivaled courage. Bob Dole is one of those giants.

“For the man from Russell, it was always a question of what he could do for others. Be it on the front lines of World War II or within the halls of Congress, Bob Dole has always stood by what is just and what is right. He was a resounding voice for the hungry and those with disabilities, negotiating some of the biggest reforms our social programs have seen. He’s also proven himself to be one of the greatest allies America’s veterans will ever know. In 1989, he stood in this very place to dedicate this flag for our prisoners of war and those missing in action. He has never stopped fighting for those who fight for us.

“Bob Dole is as honorable as they come. It is this kind of American hero—the selfless, staunch defenders of those who can’t defend themselves—who don’t always get the recognition they deserve.

“So today, may this celebration mark not only all he has done for those in this room . . . not only all he has done for those watching at home . . . but all he has done—and the impact he has made—for those who don’t even realize it was he who made it.

“Senator Dole, because of you, America is better. On behalf of Congress and all Americans, thank you.”

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This Will Help American Manufacturers Compete In A Big Way

2018/01/17

More good news for workers and consumers: the House just passed an important bipartisan measure to boost America’s manufacturers.

Passed with a unanimous vote of 402-0, the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act provides much-needed relief from taxes that make our goods and services more expensive. The National Association of Manufacturers, which is hailing this week's vote as “a big deal,” says this bill will help increase manufacturing output by more than $3.1 billion over the next three years.

This is all made possible by a reform that Republicans put in place in 2016 which allows us to eliminate needless tariffs – taxes, really – on American businesses when they buy parts to make things here at home. 

What happens without this relief? Well, take Lasko Products, the nation’s last remaining manufacturer of portable electric fans. Lasko is headquartered in West Chester, PA, about 45 minutes outside of Philadelphia. It employs 942 people across three states. It works with plastic, steel, paint, and packaging suppliers every day.

Like many companies making things in America, Lasko faces serious competition from Chinese manufacturers. It is in a constant race to keep prices low so it can keep customers and protect its employees’ jobs. But the company has to pay a tariff on a key production component that’s not available anywhere in the U.S., which makes it that much harder to keep pace. “We are in a business of pennies,” Lasko’s COO told the Ways and Means Committee, and those pennies, of course, can make all the difference.

Now we are taking action to provide relief from these tariffs and help level the playing field.

American manufacturing is off to a big start in the new year. Because of historic tax reform, companies are announcing plans to raise wages, expand operations, and hire more workers. “With all this good news in just a matter of weeks,” Speaker Ryan recently wrote, “it’s no wonder that economic optimism is rising in America. And it’s only going to get better from here.”

With this bipartisan legislation, we’re taking another step to help create jobs and grow our economy.

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TOMORROW: Defending Defense: A Conversation with Speaker Ryan on Military Funding and Readiness

2018/01/17

WASHINGTON—Tomorrow, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) will host House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) for an address on military readiness and the state of our defense capabilities. The remarks come ahead of Friday’s deadline to extend funding for our military, which Speaker Ryan will argue is critical to equip our troops so they can do their jobs. After his remarks, Dr. John Hamre, CSIS president and CEO, will moderate a conversation with Speaker Ryan on the subject.

DETAILS: Defending Defense: A Conversation with Speaker Ryan on Military Readiness Thursday, January 18, at 8:45 a.m. ET Center for Strategic & International Studies

MEDIA: This event is open press. All media who wish to attend must RSVP to Andrew Schwartz at ASchwartz@csis.org. All crews with equipment must be pre-set by 7:45 a.m. for the security sweep.

WATCH LIVE: Tune in for Speaker Ryan’s remarks and conversation with Dr. Hamre on speaker.gov/live.

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Speaker Ryan Talks Tax Cuts, Military Funding at Leadership Presser

2018/01/17

Summary: Today at a press conference with Republican leaders, Speaker Ryan discussed how Americans are already benefitting from the tax cuts law. He also stressed the importance of putting politics aside to fund our military.

Real Tax Benefits

“After hearing the good news in recent weeks, there’s one thing that is undeniable. And that is that tax reform is boosting America’s economic confidence. Company after company has been announcing that we are having increased bonuses, increased wages, renewed investment in America—all because of tax reform.

“I was at my son’s basketball game on Sunday. And a UAW worker from the Chrysler plant in Belvedere came up to me and said, ‘This is going to get me $4,000 in my paycheck. I thought this was only for the rich. I guess that’s me now.’ I mean, this is working. It’s just the beginning. At the heart of this law is really a lower tax burden for American families, who are going to start seeing this relief very, very soon.

“Last week, the Treasury Department announced that it has adjusted the amount the IRS takes out of people’s paychecks to account for this new law. It’s estimated that 90 percent of wage earners in America will experience an increase in their take-home pay, starting as soon as February. Let me just say that one more time: 90—nine zero—90 percent of American workers will see increased take-home pay as a result of the tax law starting in February. This is incredible. The typical family of four earning the median income of $73,000 will see a tax cut of $2,059. That’s more money to pay down the mortgage, save for a rainy-day fund, or take your kids, your family on vacation. This is real relief to real Americans, especially more than half of whom claim, and say, and show that they’re living paycheck-to-paycheck.

“Another huge benefit for American families? It’s lower energy costs. Look, where I come from, and where Jason comes from, it’s pretty cold right now. Your energy costs are very high. And what we’re seeing is all these utility companies are now saying they’re passing through the tax savings on to the rate payers. So if you’re low income, if you’re living paycheck-to-paycheck, if you’re having a hard time just heating your house? This is real relief that’s real tangible.

“So we’re seeing evidence that the tax bill is working in so many ways. Lower energy bills, bigger paychecks, more jobs, more bonuses, maternity leave—this is exactly why we did this, so that we can improve people’s lives.  

Military Funding

“There’s one more point, and Kevin mentioned this: According to the Pentagon, just last year, we lost more American military members who died in training accidents than we did in combat last year. And we have combat across the globe. These deaths may have been preventable. And it all points back to the deterioration of our readiness in our military resources.

“Funding for modernizing the Army has been cut in half in just the past eight years. Navy sailors are putting in 100-hour work weeks, and less than half of their aircraft are capable of flying. The number of fatal accidents or those resulting in the loss of aircraft for the Marines has doubled over the last decade.

“We have to reverse this trend. We have to stop putting these lives at risk. And we have to fix our national security. And that’s why it’s baffling to me that Democrats would be willing to block funding for our military over unrelated issues.

“I used to think the Democrats thought the S-CHIP bill was bipartisan. That children’s health insurance is a bipartisan bill. This was written by Republicans and Democrats. We’ve passed this extension twice this year. We’re going to be bringing it to the floor again this week. Because real deadlines are occurring this Friday. And the real deadlines that occur this Friday are our men and women in uniform and children’s health insurance in many states that will run out of money. And so that is why it is unconscionable to me that they would block funding for our military or cut off funding for these states that really will lose their funding for CHIP by playing these political games and tying them to unrelated issues.” 

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Will Democrats Block Funding for Our Troops?

2018/01/17

Will Democrats block funding for our troops? That is the question everyone should be asking this week. Funding for our military expires this Friday. Both sides agree we need to adjust our budget caps to provide greater resources for defense. And yet Democrats are threatening to hold our national security hostage over unrelated issues.

This morning, Speaker Ryan spoke about the urgency of putting politics aside and getting our men and women in uniform the tools they need to do their jobs:

“For people to hold up funding for our military over these unrelated issues, and for deadlines that don’t even exist this Friday, that makes no sense to me. The federal government has many responsibilities. But its first, foremost, primary responsibility is to provide for the common defense. And when you see a situation where more men and women in our military are dying in training accidents then they are in combat, it’s a serious situation. And to block funding for our military with a Friday deadline over unrelated issues just makes no sense to me. It’s wrong.”

Tomorrow morning, Speaker Ryan will deliver remarks and take questions at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) on military readiness, the state of our defense capabilities, and the need to fully fund the Pentagon. Tune in live at 8:45 a.m. ET at speaker.gov/live.

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NEW POLL: American Support for Tax Reform Law Growing Significantly

2018/01/17

The New York Times released a new poll today—showing that more and more Americans approve of the tax reform law.

The poll, conducted by SurveyMonkey, showed a significant upturn in approval of the law over the past month. In December, when the bill was close to passage, 37 percent of Americans strongly or somewhat approved of the law. One month later, 46 percent of Americans strongly or somewhat approved of the law. Overall, the poll shows an 18-point upswing from disapproval toward approval.

In other words, people are starting to get it. And it’s no wonder. The good news hasn’t stopped rolling in since tax reform became the law of the land.

And soon, no matter who they work for, the vast majority of American wage-earners will receive bigger paychecks. Last week, the Treasury Department announced it had adjusted the amount the IRS takes out of your paycheck each month to account for the major tax cuts on the personal side. It estimated this will impact 90 percent of American wage-earners. That means 90 percent of wage-earners will soon receive bigger paychecks, starting as early as next month.

Despite the dismissive rhetoric from the Left, this news is really breaking through and bringing hope back to Americans. Other recent surveys from Quinnipiac to Gallup revealed that Americans’ confidence in the overall economy is also rising. As Speaker Ryan said last week, “With all this good news in just a matter of weeks, it’s no wonder that economic optimism is rising in America. . . .Tax reform is helping to improve people’s lives, and that’s what this is about.”

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A Friday in Wisconsin

2018/01/16

After another productive week in Washington, Speaker Ryan returned home to Wisconsin and spent Friday making stops in the southeastern part of the state. The speaker started the day in Milwaukee talking tax reform at a WisPolitics event with an audience of community leaders, answering many of their questions. From there, he headed to Greendale to speak to AP Government students at Greendale High School. He wrapped the day visiting Zero Zone in North Prairie, touring its facility and learning about its manufacturing process.

These three images sum up the day:

1.   WisPolitics Event at the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee – Speaker Ryan discusses how millions of hardworking Americans are already reaping the benefits of tax reform with WisPolitics.com president Jeff Mayers.

2.   Greendale High School Visit – In the library of Greendale High School, Speaker Ryan fields questions from AP Government students on topics such as current events, the principles of conservatism, and the state of Congress.

3.   North Prairie Business Tour – Speaker Ryan walks through a simulated grocery store while touring Zero Zone, a refrigeration manufacturing company, in North Prairie, Wisconsin.

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From Pro Football to Speaker Ryan’s Team

2018/01/14

Derrick Dockery was an offensive lineman in the NFL for 10 years. Now he works in Speaker Ryan’s office, on everything from Tax Reform to School Choice. Today, Derrick was featured as Fox News Sunday’s ‘Power Player of the Week.’ WATCH: Derrick’s story here.

Derrick Dockery: “I enjoy getting up every day and having a purpose. I'm not at home trying to figure out what's next. I enjoy working with people. I enjoy being a part of a team. That's the main thing, being a part of the team.”

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Military Readiness Crisis Is Costing Us Lives

2018/01/12

One of our top priorities in 2018 is to rebuild our military so that it can confront the threats we face in the 21st century. And we cannot rebuild our military without closing the readiness gap, which is leaving our troops underequipped and underprepared on the battlefield.

When talking about Pentagon funding, it’s often easy to lose sight of the human toll our readiness crisis is taking. But just look at what happened this past summer:

On June 17, 2017, the USS Fitzgerald collided with a Filipino container ship off the coast of Japan, killing seven sailors and injuring seven more.

The following month, July 10, 2017, a U.S. Marine Corps KC-130 broke up in midair, killing all 16 people on board.

And the month after that, August 21, 2017, the USS John McCain collided with a Liberian oil tanker off the coast of Singapore, killing ten sailors and injuring five more.

Our readiness shortfalls were factors in all of these accidents, which means they may have been preventable. As House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) explained in a recent Washington Post op-ed, "This summer, the nation mourned the 42 service members who died in accidents related to readiness challenges across our military. The deaths of 17 sailors aboard the USS John S. McCain and USS Fitzgerald, along with separate accidents claiming the lives of 19 Marines and six soldiers, grabbed the nation’s attention. But words of sorrow do not sufficiently honor their deaths, let alone prevent further incidents. It is essential to reverse the consequences of Washington’s funding paralysis and do what is right by those who raise their hands to serve."

He's right. This, quite frankly, is shameful. We need to do better for our brave men and women in uniform, which is why we are working to ensure our troops have the training and tools necessary to do their jobs safely and effectively.

To learn more, read this piece about why we need to rebuild our military, and tune into Speaker Ryan’s remarks on military readiness at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) next Thursday

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‘These aren’t crumbs:’ Speaker Ryan Touts Tax Reform Benefits for America’s Workers

2018/01/12

Yesterday, Speaker Ryan joined C-SPAN’s Steve Scully to discuss how tax reform is already improving the lives of middle-income families across the country. It’s an issue he’s been talking about on C-SPAN for a long, long time. Watch the full interview here and check out excerpts below.

“Now, because of the tax law, they are staying in Milwaukee”

Speaker Ryan: “Just in 20 days, you have seen 2 million families, 2 million workers, getting raises and bonuses. You are seeing all these raises being announced. You are seeing electricity companies announcing that they are lowering rates as a consequence. In Milwaukee alone we have a big insurance company called Assurant. A couple of months ago, Assurant said because of the tax laws, they were going to move to Bermuda—become a Bermuda company instead of an American company. Now, because of the tax law, they are staying in Milwaukee, they are staying an American company. You are seeing stories like that —businesses staying here, businesses expanding, businesses investing in capital, workers getting wage increases, workers getting bonuses, better benefits, 401(k)s, maternity leave—all of those kinds of things are now being announced, and it’s just been 20 days. So I think the Democrats are going to regret not having supported this. I think it’s going to do tremendous things for our economy, and unfortunately, we are in a very, very partisan climate, but that does not stop us from doing what we think is right to help people in this country and help this economy grow.”

These aren’t crumbs”

Speaker Ryan: “To  somebody working at Walmart, at the starting wage who just went  from $9 an hour to $11 an hour, I do not think that is crumbs. To a person working paycheck-to-paycheck, just got a $1,000 bonus, that’s not crumbs. 200,000 workers at AT&T got a $1,000 bonus. Comcast, just one company is investing $50 Billion in America, in jobs, in expanding across the country—this is not crumbs. The additional maternity leave at Walmart, the higher 401(k) plans. . . .A small assisted living center in Steven’s Point just announced bonuses to their employees—these aren’t crumbs. You’ve got to remember that more than half of Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck, so when they get something like a $1,000 bonus at Christmas time because of this tax law, it is hardly crumbs.”

“It takes time to do big things in this country, and this country is a story of big things getting done”

Speaker Ryan: “I have been working on this for over 20 years. I’ve been working on this issue pretty much my whole adult life. . . .My reaction is—it is what I tell my kids, it’s what I tell school students when I talk about civics, and I talk about democracy, and the republic that we are—If you believe passionately in something that’s going to make a big difference in people’s lives, what is great about our system of government is you work, and you work, and you push, and you convince, you run on an idea, by running for office, and if you get elected, you can go try and put that idea in place to make a difference in people's lives. That is what these jobs are about. That is what is exciting about what I do, and it takes time, in a system like we have. . . .It just takes time to do these things, but it does work. And that to me is a vindication of the system of government we have, a representative of democracy, and the fact that if you believe in something, you just got to stick at it and you can eventually accomplish those goals. . . .It takes time to do big things in this country, and this country is a story of big things getting done.” 

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BREAKING: Treasury announces new withholding tables—bigger paychecks—starting in February

2018/01/11

Coming soon: bigger paychecks. Today, the Department of Treasury released new withholding tables following enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  These updated tables will take effect in February, which means that in just a few weeks, Americans across the country will start to see bigger paychecks.

“Many employees will begin to see increases in their paychecks to reflect the new law in February,” according to the IRS.

“We estimate that 90 percent of wage earners will experience an increase in their take home pay,” Secretary Mnuchin explained.

This is great news. The vast majority of hardworking people in the United States live paycheck-to-paycheck. For middle-income Americans, those families struggling just to make ends meet, this will make their lives easier. And because the new tax law nearly doubled the standard deduction, you will not only earn more, but be able to keep more of what you earn.

In just the 20 days since President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, we’ve seen countless businesses take steps to reward their employees with raises and bonuses. And earlier this week, U.S.-based company Assurant reversed its plans to move its headquarters to Bermuda.

The reality is that this new tax code is working. Americans are already reaping the benefits, and soon they will see bigger paychecks arrive in the mail. And you can take that to the bank.

 

 

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Real Benefits for Real Americans: Speaker Ryan Talks Tax Reform, Military Funding at Weekly Presser

2018/01/11

Today at his weekly press conference, Speaker Ryan discussed the tangible benefits American workers are seeing thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act being signed into law:

“Today marks 20 days since the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act became the law of the land. Already, this new law is helping to improve the lives of middle-income families across the country.

“You saw the announcement from Walmart just this morning. More than a million Americans are due to receive their bonuses because of tax reform. Already, workers are seeing real increases in base wages, increases in 401(k) contributions, and in maternity and paternity leave. Power companies in a number of states are planning to lower electricity bills. Think about what a relief that’s going to be with the cold winters we have. You gotta come to Wisconsin sometime this year—your power bills get pretty high. Manufacturers—they’re announcing new plans to hire more workers and expand their operations. All of this has happened in just 20 days.

“So think about this. This is all before families have even started to see the benefits of lower tax rates, better withholding, and a higher standard deduction. Remember, the typical family of four making $73,000 will get a $2,059 tax cut just this year. So this is just getting started. And we look forward to more good news for middle-income families, and for our entire economy.”

Speaker Ryan also discussed the importance of rebuilding our military and strengthening its capabilities:

“I’d like to turn to a very serious issue. As you know, we are working to secure the funding that is needed to rebuild our military. What does that mean? Why do we spend so much time on rebuilding our military? Why do we spend so much time talking about this?

“There are countless facts and figures that I could quote about the weakening of our military capabilities. Let me just say a few things: Less than half of the Navy’s planes can fly. Less than 10 percent of our Army’s Combat Brigade Teams are ready to fight. Our Air Force is the smallest that it has ever been. Chairman Mac Thornberry puts it best when he says: ‘We have too few planes that can fly, too few ships that can sail, and too few soldiers who can deploy.’

“But this is not just costing us military might. This is not just hampering our mission. It is actually costing us American lives. Last year, this nation lost 17 sailors aboard the USS John McCain and USS Fitzgerald. Readiness shortfalls were serious factors in these fatal accidents, which happened on aging ships with expired training certifications.

“Every day that goes by without adequate funding is another day we are pushing our military past the breaking point. And it is a shameful situation. We have a duty to address it, and do right by the men and women who put their lives on the line to protect us here and abroad. And that is exactly what we are going to do.”

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Speaker Ryan Appoints Rep. Erik Paulsen as Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee

2018/01/11

WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) today announced the appointment of Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN) as chair of the Joint Economic Committee (JEC). The chairmanship of the Committee alternates between the Senate and House every Congress. 

“I am pleased to announce Erik Paulsen as the new chairman of the Joint Economic Committee. He is the right person to lead this committee’s vital mission of increasing economic growth. As Congress works to write laws that boost our nation’s economy, Erik’s vast experience working on tax and economic matters will serve the committee and the Congress well,” Speaker Ryan said.

“I also want to thank my good friend, Pat Tiberi, for his service as chairman of the committee. He was instrumental in passing tax reform, which is already bringing back economic optimism to the United States.”

“We need more jobs, better salaries, and a stronger Minnesota and U.S. economy, and as the chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, I will make these my priorities,” Congressman Paulsen said. “The JEC has a long history of bringing together the best ideas from both parties and both chambers to advise Congress on how to grow our economy and promote trade, innovation, entrepreneurship, and economic opportunity for all Americans, and I look forward to leading these discussions in my new role.”

Established by the Employment Act of 1946, the Joint Economic Committee’s primary tasks are to review economic conditions and recommend improvements in economic policy. 

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Defending Defense: A Conversation with Speaker Ryan on Military Readiness

2018/01/11

WASHINGTON—On Thursday, January 18, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) will host House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) for an address on military readiness and the state of our defense capabilities. Following his remarks, Dr. John Hamre, CSIS president and CEO, will moderate a conversation with Speaker Ryan on the subject.

DETAILS: Defending Defense: A Conversation with Speaker Ryan on Military Readiness Thursday, January 18, at 8:45 a.m. ET Center for Strategic & International Studies

MEDIA: This event is open press, but space is limited. All media who wish to attend must RSVP to Andrew Schwartz at ASchwartz@csis.org. Media should expect to receive additional logistical information next week.

WATCH LIVE: Tune in for Speaker Ryan’s remarks and conversation with Dr. Hamre on speaker.gov/live. 

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Speaker Ryan's Floor Remarks on National Security Legislation

2018/01/11

WASHINGTON—Today, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) delivered remarks ahead of a House vote on S. 139, the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017. Following are the speaker's remarks as delivered:

“First, I just want to say to all my colleagues: I respect the passionate views that are on display here.

“I think this has been a very passionate and interesting debate. What I would like to do is bring a little clarity to this debate.

“I want to thank the minority leader for coming up and speaking against the Amash amendment, and in favor of the underlying, bipartisan amendment.

“We’ve been working with—we, on a bipartisan basis—been working with the Senate and the White House to get this right. To add even more privacy protections to the law, even more than the status quo. To add the warrant requirement that this underlying bill has.

“Let me try and clear up some of the confusion. There’s been wide reporting and discussion here in the House about parts of the FISA statute that affects citizens. It’s a big law. It’s a big statute with lots of pieces.

“Title 1 of the FISA law is what you see in the news that applies to U.S. citizens. That’s not what we’re talking about here.

“This is Title 7, Section 702. This is about foreign terrorists on foreign soil. That’s what this is about.

“So let’s clear up some of the confusion here. Let me give you two examples. Two examples of what this program has done to keep our people safe. Two declassified examples.

“Number one, this program in March of 2016 gave us the intelligence we needed to go after and kill ISIS’s finance minister. Because of the intelligence collected under this program, a foreign terrorist on foreign soil, the number two man at ISIS, who was in line to become the next leader. This program helped us get the information to stop him.

“I came here before 9/11. I remember hearing upon hearing in the 9/11 commission about the old firewall. We were seeing what was going on overseas, terrorists like Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan were doing all these things, and we couldn’t pass that information on to our authorities over here in America. We had this firewall that prevented us from connecting the dots. That was the big phrase we used back then in the early 2000s.

“You pass the Amash amendment, you bring that firewall right back up. You pass the Amash amendment and defeat this underlying bill, we go back to those days where we are flying blind on protecting our country from terrorism.

“Let me give you an example. This program has not only stopped many attacks, let me tell you about one: A plot in 2009 to blow up New York’s subway system. This was used to understand what people were planning overseas and what they were trying to do here in America, so that we could connect the dots and stop that particular terrorist attack.

“That is why this has to be renewed. That is why, among many other reasons, why 702, a program designed to go after foreign terrorists on foreign soil, is so essential.

“If this Amash amendment passes, it kills the program. If this underlying bill fails, there’s one of two things that will happen. The status quo will be continued, meaning no additional privacy protections, no warrant requirement, status quo. That doesn’t do anything to advance the concerns that have been voiced on the floor.

“Or, even worse, we go dark. 702 goes down. We don’t know what the terrorists are up to. We can’t send that information to our authorities to prevent terrorist attacks. The consequences are really high.

“One of the most important things we are placed in charge to do is to make decisions not based on TV, not based on Internet, based on facts, based on reality. And we’re supposed to make those decisions to keep our country safe.

“This strikes the balance that we must have, between honoring and protecting privacy rights of U.S. citizens, honoring civil liberties, and making sure that we have the tools we need in this day and age of 21st century terrorism to keep our people safe.

“That’s what this does. That is why I ask everyone on a bipartisan basis to vote no on the Amash amendment and vote yes on the underlying bill.” 

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House Speaker Paul Ryan to Address 45th Annual March for Life in Washington, D.C.

2018/01/10

WASHINGTON—The March for Life is excited to announce that House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) will address the 45th annual March for Life, the world’s largest annual pro-life demonstration, in Washington, D.C. on January 19th, 2018.

It is an honor to have Speaker of the House Paul Ryan address the 45th annual March for Life. Speaker Ryan has been an unwavering champion for the pro-life cause since taking office, and continues to utilize his post to promote the inherent dignity of the human person at all stages of life,” said Jeanne Mancini, President of March for Life. “We are grateful for the significant strides U.S. Congress made in the last year to protect and defend the most innocent among us, and are confident that 2018 will see even more pro-life progress with Speaker Ryan leading the charge.”

Details: Speaker Ryan Addresses 45th Annual March for Life Friday, January 19, during the March for Life Rally (timing TBA) 12th St. on the National Mall, between Madison and Jefferson Drives NW

WATCH LIVE: Watch live on speaker.gov/live.

MEDIA: For more information, visit http://marchforlife.org/. All media should RSVP and/or direct any questions to Kate Bryan at kbryan@crcpublicrelations.com.

BACKGROUND: Over one hundred thousand Americans are set to travel from across the country to our nation’s capital for this year’s March for Life, a demonstration that seeks to stand against the greatest human rights violation of our time: abortion-on-demand. The theme of this year’s March for Life is “Love Saves Lives”, embodying the true spirit and mission of the pro-life movement by enlisting the power of love to empower others to choose life.

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Steering Committee Recommends Rep. Steve Womack for Budget Chairman

2018/01/09

WASHINGTON—The House Republican Steering Committee has recommended that Rep. Steve Womack (R-AR) be named chairman of the House Budget Committee, to succeed Rep. Diane Black (R-TN). House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement:

“I believe Steve Womack is the right man for the job of chairman of the Budget Committee. Steve’s experience in the House, commitment to fiscal conservatism, and relentless pursuit to safeguard taxpayer dollars make him extremely qualified to lead this important committee. I am looking forward to Steve’s service, and I know he will do an excellent job.

“I also want to thank Diane Black for her incredible years of service. Without her leadership in getting the budget passed last year, tax reform would not have been possible.”

NOTE: This recommendation will be presented to the full House Republican Conference and will be considered on the floor for official ratification.

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BREAKING: Tax Reform Pushes Assurant to Reverse Course, Stay in the U.S.

2018/01/09

Back in October, you may recall, Chicago-based company Warranty Group Capital announced that it would be acquired by Assurant, which would in turn move its operations to Bermuda. It was yet another example of American businesses packing up and moving overseas due to our broken tax code.

But today, just weeks after enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Assurant reversed course and agreed to remain a U.S. company. "This change follows recently enacted U.S. tax legislation," their release notes. indeed, this decision is a direct result of our new, pro-growth tax code, which eliminated incentives for Assurant to invert.

This is a big deal. Real hardworking Americans will keep their jobs. Families won’t have to worry about whether they can still make that next mortgage payment. And profits will stay right here in the United States.

In the wake of President Trump signing tax reform, we’ve seen countless businesses reward their employees with bonuses, raises, increased 401(k)s, and other benefits. And the news today is further evidence of why the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is so important: More American businesses will stay in America, and more American jobs will remain American jobs.

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