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  • 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

  • Ryan's Opening Statement: The President's Fiscal Year 2015 Budget
    Posted in Speeches and Statements on March 5, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy / Financial

    Good afternoon, everybody—and welcome. I want to start by giving a special welcome to Director Burwell. This is her first House testimony as the head of OMB. And I can’t say that I envy you. But regardless, I want to thank you for taking the time to speak with us. Now, this is the fifth time in six years that the President has submitted his budget past the statutory deadline. That is the worst record of any President, and it will further disrupt an already broken process. In fact, the administra... Read more

  • Ryan's Opening Statement: CBO's Budget and Economic Outlook
    Posted in Speeches and Statements on February 5, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy / Financial

    Hi, everybody—and welcome. Well, first I want to thank Director Elmendorf and his team. We appreciate your taking the time to meet with us today. You’ve put together a very informative report. It does a great job of laying out the challenges we face. My main takeaway is this: We still have a lot of work to do. This year, we’re going to run a deficit of $514 billion. Now, that’s less than last year’s—but it’s nothing to brag about. In fact, the deficit will start growing in just two years. By 202... Read more

  • Ryan Opening Statement: A Progress Report on the War on Poverty
    Posted in Speeches and Statements on January 28, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy / Financial

    Hi, everybody, and welcome. First, I want to thank our guests: Ron Haskins, Scott Winship, and Robert Greenstein. We’re here today to talk about economic opportunity. And all three of our guests have distinguished themselves on this issue. So we’re grateful they were able to join us. And we look forward to hearing your testimony. I don’t need to tell any of you, but we could use some more opportunity in our country. Forty-seven million Americans live in poverty today. That’s 15 percent of our po... Read more