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A Big Tree from Big Sky Country

Posted: December 8, 2017 at 6:30 am   /   Friends

This year’s Capitol Christmas Tree comes all the way from the Kootenai National Forest in Montana. Standing at 79-feet tall, with a 5-foot, handmade, copper star atop, the tree that once stood tall in Big Sky Country now lights the night on the West Front of the United States Capitol. Scroll on for photos from this […]

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Statement from the Office of the Speaker

Posted: December 7, 2017 at 2:19 pm   /   Friends

Last Wednesday, the speaker was briefed on credible claims of misconduct by Rep. Trent Franks. He found the allegations to be serious and requiring action. The next day, the speaker presented Rep. Franks with the allegations, which he did not deny. The speaker told Rep. Franks that he intended to refer the allegations directly to […]

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Statement on Continuing Appropriations Legislation

Posted: December 7, 2017 at 10:57 am   /   Friends

WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) released the following statement following H.J. Res. 123, the Continuing Appropriations Act. “I am glad my House colleagues took action today to keep the government open and fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Along with enacting historic tax reform, we’ll be working together in the next two weeks to find […]

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Speaker Ryan: ‘It’s about time the hardworking people of this country get a break’

Posted: December 7, 2017 at 9:01 am   /   Friends

Summary: Today at his weekly press conference, Speaker Ryan offered his sympathy to the people of Southern California who are suffering from devastating wildfires. He also addressed today’s House Committee on Administration’s hearing on sexual harassment and the House’s continued work to advance the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Southern California “First of all, I […]

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Governors Rally Behind the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Posted: December 7, 2017 at 6:20 am   /   Friends

Today, more than 20 governors from states across the country expressed support for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Speaker Ryan, the governors praised efforts to overhaul the broken tax code: “We urge the two chambers to pass meaningful tax reform legislation and send it […]

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Meet the Members Negotiating the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Posted: December 6, 2017 at 2:48 pm   /   Friends

On Monday, Speaker Ryan named the Republican lawmakers who will serve on the House-Senate conference committee for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. That means that this group of nine lawmakers will iron out the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill, before reporting out a final version to vote on in […]

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Tax Reform and the End of Human Existence

Posted: December 6, 2017 at 12:45 pm   /   Friends

The ground will open and darkness will blanket the skies. The earth will cease to orbit the sun. Life on this planet will end as we know it. It’s going to be Armageddon. Or, well, no, it won’t. Look, we always knew the defenders of the status quo would say and do anything to stop […]

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House Votes to Protect Second Amendment and Curb Gun Violence

Posted: December 6, 2017 at 11:57 am   /   Friends

WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement after House passage of H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, and H.R. 4477, the Fix NICS Act. “Today, the House took action to protect our citizens’ Second Amendment rights. The truth is that concealed carry laws save lives. Right now, current law creates confusion for […]

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Speaker Ryan, 11-Year-Old Montanan Light 2017 Capitol Christmas Tree

Posted: December 6, 2017 at 11:14 am   /   Friends

WASHINGTON—Tonight, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) participated in the 2017 Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the West Front Lawn, where he was joined by 11-year-old Montanan Ridley Brandmayr, who helped flip the light switch for the holiday season. An annual tradition, this year’s tree hails from the Kootenai National Forest in Montana and will […]

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