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  • ‘Expanding Opportunity in America’
    Posted in Speeches and Statements on July 24, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Expanding Opportunity in America

    Hi, everybody. I want to thank Arthur, our panel, and everyone at AEI for hosting us here today. I look forward to hearing from everybody. But let’s start with a principle we can all agree on: Hardworking taxpayers deserve a break in this country. Too many families are working harder and harder to get ahead, and yet they’re falling further and further behind. The costs of food, housing, and gas keep going up, but paychecks haven’t budged. So whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat, I think we... Read more

  • Ryan's Opening Statement: The President’s Funding Request for Overseas Contingency Operations
    Posted in Speeches and Statements on July 17, 2014 | Preview rr

    Hi, everybody, and welcome. Today we’re going to review the President’s funding request for the global war on terrorism. There is widespread agreement on this committee that we need to carefully budget for our war-time needs and also that the war-funding designation must not become—in the words of the ranking member—“a slush fund.” If the Defense Department does not have enough resources to meet our defense needs, then we should increase the base defense budget. We should not use a temporary aut... Read more

  • Ryan's Opening Statement: The Long-Term Budget Outlook
    Posted in Speeches and Statements on July 16, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Entitlements: Health Care / Social Security , Economy / Financial

    Hi, everybody—and welcome. Today we’re going to discuss CBO’s long-term budget outlook. So first I want to thank Director Elmendorf and his team at CBO for all their hard work. I have to say: Your report is sobering. Just take the first line: “Between 2009 and 2012, the federal government recorded the largest budget deficits relative to the size of the economy since 1946, causing its debt to soar.” And later: “With deficits as big as the ones that CBO projects, federal debt would be growing fast... Read more

  • Renewing the American Idea
    Posted in Speeches and Statements on July 15, 2014 | Preview rr

    Hi, everybody. I want to thank Dr. Spalding and everyone at Hillsdale College’s Kirby Center for inviting me here today. You might think it’s a little late to give an Independence Day address, but New York’s delegates to the Continental Congress didn’t adopt the Declaration of Independence until July 15. So I’d like to think I’m fashionably late—or as they’d say in New York, “right on time.” Indeed, the topic is always timely. That’s because the Declaration of Independence will always be the def... Read more

  • Ryan's Opening Statement: A Progress Report on the War on Poverty: Working with Families in Need
    Posted in Speeches and Statements on July 9, 2014 | Preview rr

    Hi, everybody—and welcome. This is our fifth hearing about the War on Poverty. Over the past year, we’ve heard from a number of voices: policy experts, community groups, federal officials. And today, we’re going to hear from the people in the middle—people in the private sector who work with the public sector—people who coordinate state programs with private charity. We’re also going to hear from an especially important voice: Mrs. Tianna Gaines-Turner. First, Mrs. Gaines-Turner. I was very happ... Read more

  • A Strategy for Renewal
    Posted in Speeches and Statements on June 11, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    Thanks, everybody—thanks, Michèle. After looking at the program, I’d say you have quite the lineup: a four-star general, a PBS news anchor, a national security adviser . . . and a budget guy. Now, some of you might think that’s kind of a letdown, but I’d like to think I’m the entertainment. And in all seriousness, I’d like to thank you for this opportunity. I don’t get to talk about national security as much as I’d like. So let me begin by saying this: I’m very concerned about where we stand in ... Read more

  • Ryan's Opening Statement: A Progress Report on the War on Poverty: Reforming Federal Aid
    Posted in Speeches and Statements on June 10, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: War on Poverty

    Morning, everybody—and welcome. This is the fourth in our series of hearings on the War on Poverty. We’ve been talking about how to promote upward mobility in America in the 21st century. And today, we’re going to pick up where we left off. Last time, we heard from people fighting poverty on the front lines. Today, we’re going to hear from people who have worked on the supply lines. We’re going to look at how the states and federal government can better support the fight against poverty. Because... Read more

  • Ryan's Opening Statement: A Progress Report on the War on Poverty: Lessons from the Frontlines
    Posted in Speeches and Statements on April 30, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: War on Poverty

    Hi, everybody—and welcome. Today, we’re going to learn about what it takes to fight poverty. I think we can all agree that Washington isn’t making anybody proud these days. Right now, the federal government spends nearly $800 billion a year on 92 different programs to fight poverty. Yet the official poverty rate is the highest in a generation. And over the past three years, deep poverty has been the highest on record. Clearly, we can do better. And Washington has a role to play. After President ... Read more

  • Ryan: A Budget That Trusts the American People
    Posted in Speeches and Statements on April 10, 2014 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON—Today, the House of Representatives passed the fiscal year 2015 budget, The Path to Prosperity. Before the vote, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin delivered the following remarks on the House floor: “Mr. Chairman, what this debate comes down to is a question of trust. “We’ve offered a budget because we trust the American people. Unlike the Senate Democrats who have once again punted and not even offered a budget this year, we trust the people to make an honest ass... Read more

  • Ryan's Opening Statement: Markup of the Fiscal Year 2015 Path to Prosperity
    Posted in Speeches and Statements on April 2, 2014 | Preview rr

    I want to start by thanking the members of this committee. This is our fourth budget in four years. Each one has been on time and in balance. And though we haven’t always agreed on every detail, we’ve worked through the tough issues on behalf of our constituents. I also want to thank the ranking member, Mr. Van Hollen. I expect we’ll have a lot to talk about today. And we won’t always see eye to eye. But he and his staff have done their part to uphold this committee’s long tradition of bipartisa... Read more