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Paul Ryan visits Craig High School and Castle Metals

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February 16, 2016 | Ian Martorana (202-225-3031) | comments
Just after Congressman Ryan had been sworn in as Speaker of the House, he emphasized his priorities: his employers, the constituents of Wisconsin’s First District.

I am still Paul Ryan and I’m going to be living in Janesville, being with constituents and family each week.”  

“I will still be traveling back and forth from the 1st District on a weekly basis.”  

Ryan made it clear that those for whom he works will not see much of a difference when it comes to his engagement in Wisconsin's 1st District.

On Monday, Ryan visited Craig High School, his alma mater, and spoke to an assembly of students about the American idea, what Janesville means to him, and the importance respecting one another.  

“I learned at a young age that in this country, if you apply yourself, if you focus, you can make a huge difference in people's lives. You can make a huge difference in whatever it is you want to do. That's what's so great about freedom. So many people who are 15, 16, 17 and 18 in the rest of the world, they don't get to choose where they want to live and what they want to do with their lives. You do. It's a great gift.”  

“I kept having Janesville pull, pull, pull at me. You don't see it, because you're here living it. But when you leave, you realize just how special a community this is.”  

"So take a pause, be respectful, and what you'll find is that if you use reason, you use deep thinking, not just emotion, that you'll be able to persuade more people to your point of view. But more importantly, by being respectful of others you might learn a thing or two."

In addition to the Congressman’s other District events and business visits on Monday, Ryan also toured the Castle Metals facility in Janesville. Afterwards, he participated in a Q&A session with Castle Metal employees.  

“It really feels good to see jobs here, to see good manufacturing jobs here. It really feels good.”   

"We have to have a level playing field so that we have trade laws where we respect the rule of law, where we honor our contracts and we don't subsidize currency or devalue currencies to give other countries and other companies unfair trading advantages."  

Ryan also talked about the need to reduce the country's corporate tax rate in order to spur more manufacturing growth.
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