Last night, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) appeared on CBS’s 60 Minutes for an interview with Scott Pelley, filmed last week in his hometown of Janesville, WI. Below are excerpts from their conversation on healing a broken Congress, fixing the tax code, and the need for politicians to propose real solutions. The full interview and transcript can be viewed here.

On healing the animosity in Congress:


A fresh round of criticism – including from Bill Clinton – strengthens the consensus that President Obama’s unilateral action on inversions may actually make things worse and will certainly fail to address our broken tax code, which is the real problem.

We do these five things in a meaningful way, we can reset the foundation of our economy for the next two or three generations. Provide a reliable stream of good-paying jobs. More stability and security, straight on through retirement.


Every day, as representative of Ohio’s Eighth District and as Speaker of the House, my focus is on building a stronger economy and preparing our kids and grandkids for the challenges and opportunities of the future. 

President Obama faces a choice: He can work with Congress to deal with the tough issues, or he can go it alone and cement a legacy of increased polarization, partisanship and lawlessness.

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