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Ryan: “We Are the Engine Room of Reforms”

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February 17, 2016 | Ian Martorana (202-225-3031) | comments
WASHINGTON, DC — On Monday morning, Wisconsin’s First District congressman and speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, spoke with WCLO’s Tim Bremel.  

Excerpts of Ryan’s remarks follow.  

Appointing a Supreme Court Justice This Year:  

“Let me say on a personal level: I knew Antonin Scalia and I really looked up to him, so it’s really sad and shocking. And Maureen, his wife, is just a wonderful woman, and so, my prayers and sympathies go to them.”  

“It is the President’s right to nominate somebody; he clearly has that right. Remember, the Senate also has [its] . . . advice-and-consent right to decide whether to pass someone on or not.”

Developing a Bold Agenda for a Confident America:  

“We don’t think the country is headed in the right direction. We think job growth is flat. We think income growth is flat. We think poverty is stubbornly high, and we think people are having a hard time getting out of poverty. We have a debt crisis in the future. Obamacare is giving people double-digit premium increases and even higher deductibles. Our national security is a mess, and the world and America [are] less safe. And we are losing control of our representative government. The government is supposed to work for us, not the other way around. . . . This is giving us a flat economy, [and] it’s draining opportunity from people who need it.”  

“It’s not enough to complain or oppose. We need to show what we would do differently. We believe it is our obligation to offer the country a really clear choice. Give people an agenda on what we think it will take to get us back to being a confident country . . . a confident America where people can rise, people can earn, people can do well . . . where we are safe, and where our government responds to us as people. If we give people a clear choice and if we win . . . then we have an obligation and a mandate to put those reforms in place and get America back on the right track.”  

Bringing the Agenda to the American People:  

“This will be House Republicans saying: ‘This is our agenda. Give us a president that will work with us to put our agenda in place.’ I really believe . . . we are the engine room of reforms in the country in the House of Representatives and we need to . . .  give the people a clear choice. I really believe that’s how we get this country [out] of the malaise we are in.”
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