Summary: Moments before Ollie the bobcat was found, Speaker Ryan called in to The Michael Medved Show to discuss the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, regulatory reform, and tax reform.
Key Quote: “We want a tax code built for growth, built for jobs, for manufacturing, for economic growth. And we need to get our tax rates down—they’re higher than anybody else’s. We have a plan to do that, and that’s what we’re focused on.”
Judge Neil Gorsuch
“This is a great pick. Gorsuch is just cream of the crop, top of the list. I think what the president said last night is pitch perfect—I had the privilege of being there. He made this the most transparent process I think we’ve ever seen. In the campaign, he put a list of judges that he was going to pick from, ran on that. I think a lot of Americans voted in this presidential election with this among the top things on their minds. And he picked from that list. And he picked somebody who has just such impeccable credentials as an originalist, as a constitutionalist—just a qualified, stellar judge.”
“There’s this window of time we have under what we call the Congressional Review Act, where we can go back and repeal Obama-era regulations that are just huge job killers. I mean, he was kicking out over 40 major regulations a year that cost over $100 million on the economy, and so we’re in the middle of doing those right now. These cannot be filibustered. So we can go reach back into the Obama administration and disapprove regulations that are just killing economic growth, send those bills to the Senate, and the process disallows a filibuster. And then that can go to the president’s desk and he can sign those.”
“Go to better.gop and look at our tax reform blueprint. Individuals and families would be able to fill out their taxes on a postcard. Dramatic simplification of the tax code. And an entire realigning and streamlining of the IRS. We knock it down into a service agency and not what it has been. And a complete overhaul of our business tax system, so that America leads instead of follows the rest of the world with respect to how well our tax code works. We want a tax code built for growth, built for jobs, for manufacturing, for economic growth. And we need to get our tax rates down—they’re higher than anybody else’s. We have a plan to do that, and that’s what we’re focused on. We know it’s going to lead to tremendous job growth, a resurgence of economic growth, and we believe it will help get wages up as well.”
Just as you can continue to visit Ollie the bobcat at her home at the National Zoo, you can also visit speaker.gov for more information on the Republican plan to get the country back on track.