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Ryan Discusses ISIS and Life in Janesville as Speaker

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November 16, 2015 | Ian Martorana (202-225-3031) | comments
WASHINGTON, DC — This morning, Wisconsin’s First District Congressman and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan spoke with Charlie Sykes on WTMJ’s Midday with Charlie Sykes and Tim Bremel on WCLO’s Your Talk Show.
  • Paul Ryan Discusses ISIS with WTMJ’s Charlie Sykes -
  • Paul Ryan Discusses Life in Janesville as Speaker with WCLO’s Tim Bremel -

Excerpts of Ryan’s interviews follow:

On balancing time in Wisconsin and Washington:
“I’ll be here every weekend, because this is where we live. I commute back and forth like I’ve always done.”

“I am trying to keep the same cadence of life, which is home on the weekends, doing community events on Saturday, kids’ sporting events, and then Sundays are our family days. And so, you will see us around just like we always have been . . . . We [were] able to catch dinner at Whiskey River down on Main Street on Saturday night. We love that place. Good BBQ. So that’s the kind of life we have, and it’s the kind of life I want my family to have and kids to have and we’re going to continue to have; because it’s a lot like the way I was raised here.”

“So, I think I can walk and chew gum at the same time: Be a Janesville family guy, be an effective speaker of the House, unify our conference, make Congress work, get things done. And yes, I will do some travel, but I have always done some travel.”

On the president’s plan to contain ISIS:
"This requires a strategy, which we do not have. And ‘containment’ is the last thing you need to describe the strategy that we need. We sent [the president] the Defense Authorization bill that requires . . . the president to submit a plan to have a strategy to actually defeat ISIS. But this war started in the Middle East, it’s come to Europe, and we’ve got to do everything we can to make sure it does not come here.”

“This is a terrorist organization that is very well organized. They have their own land. They have an organization. And we do not have a comprehensive strategy to . . . eradicate them, to defeat them. This is going to take a long, comprehensive strategy—one we do not now have, that we need.”

On the Syrian refugee crisis:
“I don’t know if we have time to reevaluate all of our policies with refugees—people coming from other parts of the world. But I think right now we have an issue with Syrian refugees that we need to address immediately.

“We are looking at all of the options. We’re still gathering a lot of the facts. We need to evaluate what tools we have right now to make sure that something like [Paris] does not happen here.”

“I’ve asked the intelligence community to brief our members in a classified briefing as we return to Washington today. The issue of Syrian refugees is an . . . . issue we have to take on. So this weekend, I basically started our committees—our intelligence committees, our defense committees, our immigration committees, our appropriations committees—to put together a list of options . . . to make sure that we’re doing everything we possibly can to prevent something like [Paris] from happening.”
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