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Congressman Paul Ryan Discusses the President’s State of the Union Address

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January 21, 2015 | Robert Swift ((202) 225-3031) | comments

WASHINGTON — In a series of interviews, First District Congressman Paul Ryan shared his thoughts on the proposals outlined in the President’s State of the Union address.

Congressman Ryan spoke with Fox News’s Bret Baier about finding common ground on tax reform:

“We want to come together to grow a healthy economy. Hardworking taxpayers deserve a break in this country. They’re not getting one. Washington hasn’t been listening to them. I think it would be refreshing to see us come together to get things done for the common good, to grow the economy, to get people back to work. And I think if he would embrace some of those kinds of policies that we know achieve that, then we’d make a good difference. And I hope we can do that.”

In an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash, Congressman Ryan discussed the still-recovering economy:

It is doing better. It just isn’t anywhere near where we need it. That’s why I think the last thing we ought to do is hit it with a big tax increase like we’re told the President is going to be proposing. Look, the problem we have with the current economy is wages are stagnating. People aren’t getting the opportunities they need. We have 45 million people living in poverty. There’s a long ways to go. We shouldn’t be doing some victory lap here in Washington.”

On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Congressman Ryan spoke about moving forward with trade agreements:

“I agree with every word he [President Obama] said in the speech with respect to trade and Asia and getting in there and helping write the rules instead of China writing the rules. The president is in the middle of negotiating a trade agreement with Asian nations, representing 40 percent of global GDP. This means more jobs for America. This means more exports for us. This is something we have to get on top of, and I agree with him on that.”

In a statement following the address, Congressman Ryan called on the President to work with Congress to improve the economy:

“What we really need is to make our tax code simpler, flatter, and fairer, so we can create more jobs. The American people deserve real solutions. House Republicans are going to do all we can to build a healthy economy for working families. There’s a lot we can accomplish in the next two years, and we’re ready to work with the President to find common ground.”

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