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Paul Ryan Discusses ISIS, the Budget, and the Slow Recovery

Morning News, 1400AM WRJN

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September 15, 2014 | comments

Wisconsin’s First District Congressman Paul Ryan spoke with WRJN’s Curt Vollman about the need to defeat ISIS, the federal budget process, and the challenges of a slow economic recovery.


Confronting the ISIS Threat

"ISIS is very well organized and far more sophisticated than anything we've seen before. A vacuum created in Syria and Iraq allowed ISIS to take advantage of the situation. And then what they did was they took territory, which gave them money. They took money from banks. They control oil production in eastern Syria and western Iraq. And that gives them the ability to finance their global ambitions. And then they have thousands of people with foreign passports, many of whom are able to travel to the United States . . . so, it is a serious threat. And that is why we need to have a very comprehensive strategy to get at this threat while it is definable and containable, before it gets out of control.

"I think we have to be consistent and see this through. This is a very different kind of operation than Iraq and Afghanistan. But the President should never take an option off of the table. I do believe that there are reasons for Special Forces and certain kinds of American involvement to make our [air strikes] work much more effectively. But the fact is that the Syrians, the Peshmerga, the Kurds, and Iraqi Sunnis are the people who should be the tip of the spear with respect to ground forces. They’re the ones we have to get involved to help."

Enforcing the Murray-Ryan Budget Agreement

"The budget agreement that I achieved with Patty Murray last December is still enforced. It will be enforced for another year. So, we won’t have a government shutdown. And this week we intend to vote on the continuing resolution (CR). The reason we delayed a vote on the CR was because of ISIS. This week we intend on passing that resolution, which funds the government for the rest of this fiscal year."

The Economy’s Slow Recovery

"It’s the worst economic recovery since World War II. I believe that if we had better government policies we would have had a traditional kind of recovery. If we had the average recovery of the average last ten recessions, we’d have millions more jobs created . . . so I think we can do a whole lot better. We have millions of men and women who not only aren't working, but they aren't even looking for work. And that’s just not good enough."


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