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Ryan Talks Expanding Opportunity with American Trade and Tax Reform

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April 30, 2015 | Robert Swift (202-225-3031) | comments

WASHINGTON – This morning, at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor, Wisconsin’s First District Congressman and House Ways and Means Committee Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI) spoke with reporters about Trade Promotion Authority, which would allow the U.S. to get the best possible trade agreements from European and Asian nations, fixing our broken tax code, and the importance of welfare reforms that expand economic opportunity for all Americans.

 

 

Photo by Brian Dozier, CS Monitor

 

The Christian Science Monitor covers Ryan’s approach to passing Trade Promotion Authority:

Free trade. He expects the House to eventually pass “fast-track” trade legislation, which would give Congress an up-or-down say on trade agreements, but not the authority to amend a deal. Many Democrats and Republicans are against fast-track, saying free trade is a job-killer.

The key to winning over the skeptics, he says, is educating them about the bill, which he says is much improved from the past. Ryan was a key negotiator on the bipartisan fast-track bill that’s now moving through both chambers.

More from Ryan on Trade Promotion Authority and the Trans Pacific Partnership is available here.

The Washington Examiner on Ryan’s desire for reforms to welfare programs:

House Ways and Means Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, responding to the troubles in Baltimore, said that another round of welfare reform is needed to help move the poor from government dependence to a job.

"Just because we are for limited government, as Republicans, doesn't mean that we are for no government. We're for effective government, limited but effective government," he said in responding to the Baltimore riots during a breakfast roundtable sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor.

Ryan said that the War on Poverty hasn't worked and a shift needs to be made to helping the poor out of poverty, not keeping them there.

"We need to change our poverty fighting metrics, from measuring success based on inputs, effort, spending, programs, to outcomes, to results. Are we actually getting people out of poverty," he said the goal should be.

“We need to change our poverty fighting metrics, from measuring success based on inputs, effort, spending, programs, to outcomes, to results. Are we actually getting people out of poverty."

For more on how Congressman Ryan would address urban poverty, click here.

McClatchy News summarizes Ryan’s views on the prospects of tax reform: 

“We realize it will be a limited tax reform. It won’t be a big, comprehensive across-the-board (revamp) because we have Obama,” Ryan told reporters at a breakfast held by the Christian Science Monitor. “We see tax reform – full and comprehensive tax reform – as a 2017 project. But a down payment on the project in 2015 is very possible. And it’s also part of fixing our international (tax) rules and financing the Highway Trust Fund.”


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