Ryan Rallies Conservative ‘Foot Soldiers’ on Tax Reform | Speaker.gov

Earlier today, Speaker Ryan addressed The Heritage Foundation about the historic choice we face on tax reform.

Watch the speech here and check out some of the latest headlines below:

“House Speaker Paul Ryan rallied conservatives on Thursday to help fight for the first significant tax reform bill in decades, and said they need to be prepared to fight back against special interests and Democrats. ‘An army of lobbyists will come to protect special interest provisions and to derail tax reform,’ Ryan said in a prepared speech to the Heritage Foundation. ‘When it does, we must be able to count on the foot soldiers of the conservative movement to see this through.’” (Washington Examiner)

“House Speaker Paul Ryan dismissed allegations the GOP’s outline to overhaul the tax code would disproportionately benefit high-income earners in a speech slated for Thursday at the Heritage Foundation. . . .‘Where better to start than the same tired, old line of attack that this a tax cut for the rich at the expense of the middle class? How original,’ he said in his prepared remarks. ‘They have been saying this for as long as I can remember.’ The Wisconsin Republican argued the current tax code currently benefits the wealthy over the middle class due to special-interest loopholes. ‘It works best for those who know how to take advantage of all these breaks and deductions,’ he continued, noting they plan to lower rates, nearly double the standard deduction and reduce the number of brackets from seven to three.” (Daily Caller)

“Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is urging conservatives to push back against criticism of the GOP's tax plan as he seeks to build momentum for his top legislative priority. ‘I say: Let’s have this debate. Let’s tackle these baseless arguments head on,’ Ryan said in prepared remarks for a speech on Thursday at the Heritage Foundation, an prominent conservative think tank. . . . Ryan said on Thursday that critics have been lodging attacks about tax cuts for the rich ‘for as long as I can remember’ and said that the GOP tax plan would help the middle class by lowering rates, increasing the standard deduction and expanding the child tax credit.” (The Hill)

"House Speaker Paul Ryan pitched tax reform Thursday as a way to reposition a 'country on the path to decline,' hailing an overhaul as the 'single most important thing we can do to help the middle class.' And to those who question the viability of the latest GOP-led tax reform blueprint – and in the face of critics who have suggested the overhaul framework disproportionately benefits the middle class – Ryan has one message: 'Bring it on.'" (U.S. News & World Report)

“Conservatives need to unite to push tax reform legislation across the finish line, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Thursday morning. . . . Ryan said it’s incumbent on the right to fight back against those who he said have rigged tax laws to their benefit, echoing language used for months by conservative groups about ‘unrigging’ the economy. . . . ‘Under our plan, people in the middle get real relief,’ he said. ‘We are lowering rates so people can keep more of what they earn.’ (Politico)

"Ryan also stressed tax reform was crucial for not allowing liberals to control the country. 'If we choose to do nothing, we allow people struggling to get by to become the permanent normal. We allow stagnation to become our way of life,' he warned. 'And you know as well I do that if we fail to restore real growth and opportunity, that plays directly into the hands of the left. Stagnation is a breeding ground for a class-based society where elites in Washington seek to micromanage and predetermine the path of our lives. They would rather equalize the outcomes and lull us into lives of dependency. We have seen this too many times before, and we cannot let it happen again,' he said. 'Right now, we have the chance to get off this downward path.'" (Daily Signal)

The speaker also had a warning for members and anyone else who stands in the way of advancing the tax bill: ‘If we squander this opportunity, it’s not going to come back.’ The last time Congress overhauled the tax code was 1986, and Ryan and many members believe that if lawmakers don’t pass a new overhaul this year while they’ve got GOP control of the legislative and executive branches, that the trend of inaction will continue.” (Roll Call)

“Congressional Republicans are also planning to use a fast-track budget process that would allow them to bypass a potential Democratic filibuster in the Senate, and many Democrats have said that move means the GOP doesn’t really want their input. . . . Mr. Ryan predicted the House would send a tax bill to the Senate in November. ‘Our point is get it done this year. We want to wake up on New Year’s Day with a new tax system,’ he said.” (Washington Times)