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The 2016 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Is Lit

Posted: December 6, 2016 at 3:55 pm   /   Friends

WASHINGTON—Tonight, the 2016 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree was lit for the first time, with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and fith-grader Isabella Gerard of Boise, Idaho doing the honors. This year’s tree—an 80-foot Engelmann spruce from Payette National Forest—will be lit every evening through Christmas night. Speaker Ryan made the following remarks prior to lighting […]

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The 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

Posted: December 6, 2016 at 3:08 pm   /   Friends

It was 7:48am in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii when the planes arrived. Our troops awoke to a barrage from hundreds of Japanese aircraft overhead. But they didn’t panic or hide—they fought back. We lost 2,400 Americans that day. These brave men and women died, like many before and after them, fighting to protect our freedoms. The […]

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Speaker Ryan: In 2017, We’ll Deliver Results

Posted: December 6, 2016 at 7:30 am   /   Friends

2016 was a busy—and productive—year for House Republicans. At a press conference with other Republican leaders, Speaker Ryan discussed 2016 and the #BetterWay that’s on the horizon:   “At the start of this year, we as House Republicans made a number of commitments to the American people. “First, we pledged to open up the process—to […]

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Speaker Ryan on 60 Minutes: Obamacare Is First Priority in 2017

Posted: December 5, 2016 at 7:18 am   /   Friends

Last night, Speaker Ryan appeared on CBS’s 60 Minutes for a conversation with Scott Pelley, ranging from what Congress plans to tackle in 2017 to working with President-elect Trump. Below are excerpts from their conversation: Obamacare: “The first bill we’re going to be working on is our Obamacare legislation. . . . What we know […]

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7 Reasons We’re Excited About The Capitol Christmas Tree

Posted: December 5, 2016 at 7:16 am   /   Friends

This year’s Capitol Christmas Tree is ready to be lit, and we for one are excited about it. (Heck, I started writing this post three months ago.) Rain or shine, the tree lighting ceremony gets underway tomorrow at 5:00 p.m. ET, and it will air on speaker.gov/live. The tree Every year, the Architect of the Capitol and the U.S. Forest Service work […]

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Speaker Ryan Signs Several Bipartisan Initiatives

Posted: December 3, 2016 at 7:34 am   /   Friends

Yesterday, before I headed home to WI, I signed a bunch of really good bills that are all now headed to the president’s desk to become law. — Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) December 3, 2016 The Veterans Mobility Safety Act reforms outdated VA policies to improve the quality and safety of equipment used by disabled veterans. […]

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Ryan Celebrates Restoration of Capitol Dome

Posted: December 2, 2016 at 12:00 pm   /   Friends

WASHINGTON—Today, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) congratulated Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers and his staff on completing the first comprehensive restoration of the Capitol Dome in more than 50 years. Ayers and his team have repaired more than 1,300 cracks and deficiencies in the dome’s cast iron. At a morning celebration marking the project’s successful […]

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Speaker Ryan Signs Iran Sanctions Extension Act

Posted: December 2, 2016 at 9:12 am   /   Friends

WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement after signing H.R. 6297, the Iran Sanctions Extension Act: “I am pleased that despite initial hesitation, the White House has heeded our call and indicated that it will sign this bipartisan legislation. As Tehran continues to sponsor terrorism, test-fire ballistic missiles, and violate the nuclear agreement, […]

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The largest pay raise for our troops in six years

Posted: December 2, 2016 at 8:45 am   /   Friends

WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement on House passage of S. 2943, the Conference Report to accompany the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act: “Our Better Way agenda calls for building a 21st century military, and this defense bill delivers important reforms to get us there. In addition to boosting base funding to […]

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