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Ryan Talks Community to Kenosha and Racine

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April 25, 2016 | Ian Martorana (202-225-3031) | comments
The key to restoring opportunity in America is reinvigorating volunteer work at the community level. That was the message Congressman Ryan took to the Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce, the Kenosha Area Business Alliance, and the Shalom Center last week. 


Speaker Paul Ryan sounded anything but partisan as he spoke Friday to a meeting of volunteers for the Shalom Center in Kenosha. Ryan, who has been speaking in recent months about fighting poverty by revamping government programs, spoke at the agency’s annual meeting honoring its volunteers. “Every community needs an organization like the Shalom Center, every community needs men and women who are dedicated to community service like you are,” he said. Ryan said community agencies and volunteers who work with the poor are a key to a civil society. “Only if you have a good society of caring and loving people willing to take and sacrifice time and everything else to help those in need, only with that can you have a good society, only with that can you have a society where everyone can try to meet their potential,” Ryan said. (Kenosha News)

There was plenty of policy talk but very little politics from House Speaker Paul Ryan during a trip home to Wisconsin. Ryan made several stops in Kenosha to talk about some of the same things he talks about in Washington, but he stayed largely away from the presidential race. Ryan talked about a five-point Republican Party platform that includes reforming welfare, changing health care and tightening national security. "Which prevents a debt crisis, which balances a budget, which grows the economy," Ryan said. "We think [if] we get these things right, we're going to be great." (WISN)

Donning a purple tie in honor of Prince, the music icon who was found dead earlier in the day, Ryan’s speech to RAMAC came six months after he ascended to the House’s top spot. . . . But repeating his oft-stated mantra, Ryan said Republicans must become a “proposition party” and not just an “opposition party.” “If you don’t like the direction that something is going, you have to offer an alternative,” he said. “So that’s what we’re in the middle of doing.” Ryan also touted legislative accomplishments at the end of last year, including a highway bill and a re-write of education laws. (Racine Journal Times)

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan was the keynote speaker for Friday’s KABA luncheon. His remarks were generally nonpartisan and focused on recent success in Congress that have not made headlines. “We've made some pretty good progress in half a year,” Ryan said. “We rewrote our job training laws,” said Ryan. “We had 46 different job training programs from nine different agencies. We weren't even measuring if they worked, or if people were getting the skills to get the jobs they wanted. We collapsed and consolidated [the programs] and sent them back to the states.” (Kenosha News)

Much of the Janesville Republican's speech at the Woman's Club was focused on what he called the "American idea," and community efforts to lift people out of poverty. "This country was founded on an idea," Ryan said. "We call it the American idea." He stressed the importance of members of the community working together to help people escape cycles of poverty, rather than relying on the government. "So that we can reclaim and rekindle this beautiful idea, the American idea," Ryan said. "The condition of your birth doesn't determine the outcome of your life." (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
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