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  • 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

  • Reintegrate the Poor, Reinvigorate America
    Posted in Speeches and Statements on January 13, 2014 | Preview rr

    Hi, everybody. First, I want to thank Ron Haskins and Belle Sawhill. I’m a big fan of their work. I even made it through their report on social mobility—the whole thing. It came out six years ago, and I finished it last week. So I was grateful that they invited me. And I’m happy to be here. Now, Ron and Belle asked me to talk about two things: First, how do I see the issue of opportunity? And second, what are some ideas to increase opportunity in our country? In other words, what is opportunity... Read more

  • Ryan Opening Statement: Budget-Conference Committee
    Posted in Speeches and Statements on October 30, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: FY 2014 House Budget

    Before I recognize Chairman Murray, I want to share a few thoughts. You’ll notice there are three senators for every congressman—so it’s an even match. I like to think quality beats quantity. But in all seriousness, we’ve got some important work ahead of us. And it’s not going to be easy. So today, I want to talk about why we’re here and what we need to do. We’re here because we want to get an agreement. We want to get something done. For too long, both parties have ignored our growing national ... Read more