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13 декабря, 22:19

Congress Passes Sexual Harassment Reform

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WASHINGTON—Today, the House unanimously passed landmark legislation to reform the Congressional Accountability Act. Following passage, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) released this statement: “This legislation begins to remedy some of the areas where this institution has fallen unacceptably short. It includes strong reforms to protect victims, and improve accountability and transparency while addressing allegations. I want to thank Chairman Harper and Ranking Member Brady for working together in a positive way on behalf of the whole House. While this legislation begins to answer the call of this moment, creating lasting change to the culture will require continued vigilance by all of those who serve here.”  

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13 декабря, 17:10

DEC. 19: Speaker Ryan to Deliver Farewell Address at Library of Congress

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WASHINGTON—On Wednesday, December 19, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) will deliver his farewell address in the Great Hall of the Library of Congress. It is the same setting where he delivered his Confident America address in December 2015, shortly after he became speaker.Details: Speaker Ryan’s Farewell Address Wednesday, December 19 at 1:00 p.m. ET  Great Hall, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of CongressMedia Logistics: TV crews with equipment may access the Great Hall at 10:00 a.m. ET to pre-set. All equipment must be in place by 10:45 a.m. ET for the security sweep. All members of the media who wish to attend must RSVP to Maya Arrieta-Walden at [email protected] For further guidance, media should contact their respective congressional media gallery. Media must be credentialed to attend. Watch Live: The event will be live-streamed on speaker.gov/live.

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12 декабря, 23:23

Speaker Ryan Statement on Farm Bill Passage

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WASHINGTON—Following the passage of the final version of H.R. 2, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) released this statement:   “At a time when America’s farmers and ranchers face steep challenges, this farm bill delivers. It provides relief and certainty to guard against the volatility of the agricultural economy. It includes vital provisions to support rural families like expanded access to broadband. And it includes important reforms to better manage our forests. “With this farm bill, we are also making important progress to alleviate poverty. By including reforms to encourage work and expand opportunity, we are moving our federal poverty programs in the right direction. The bill tightens work requirements while also providing resources for education and training. Notably, it requires states to implement a case management system to more successfully transition people back to work. A proven approach, this is already being done by organizations on the ground in communities across the country. This legislation is about empowering the individual, and I look forward to sending this to the president’s desk.”   

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11 декабря, 22:21

Speaker Ryan Calls for Farm Bill Passage at Leadership Press Conference

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Summary: This morning at the House Republican leadership press conference, Speaker Ryan discussed how we can build on recent economic progress by passing the farm bill conference report, which includes reforms to the integrity of federal benefits programs to encourage work.  Opening Statement: “We’re coming up on one year since the tax reform bill was made into law. “In that time, we have seen unemployment hit record lows, we have seen economic confidence hit record highs. “Millions of jobs have been created. Businesses have upped their investments. “Workers have seen bigger paychecks, workers have seen bonuses, they’ve seen better benefits. “Now we have another chance to build on this progress. “Just yesterday it was reported that there are more than seven million open jobs right now. Seven million jobs, open for Americans to take. “There are so many opportunities, but too few people able to take advantage of them. “Now we have a chance to help people off of the sidelines, get the right skills, and get into the workforce. “It’s a perfect time to get people out of poverty, into lives of self-sufficiency, into good-paying jobs and careers. “The House and the Senate reached an agreement on the final farm bill. “This bill strengthens work requirements and boosts work supports, so that more people are spurred toward opportunities. “I want to thank Secretary Perdue for his lead on this issue. He spoke to us today in our conference. This bill ensures that he can do his part on workforce development. “I want to thank Chairman Conaway, and all the members of the House Agriculture Committee, for their commitment to getting this across the finish line. “This farm bill delivers on the certainty and support that our farmers need. “And this bill includes very important forestry management reforms that are important to guard our communities against health risks like wildfires. “So, this is an effort that is a great step in the right direction. “It will help us get people out of poverty, into careers, into skills, and this is something we should be passing and putting on the president’s desk momentarily.”

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11 декабря, 18:53

Speaker Ryan Welcomes Progress on Criminal Justice Reform Legislation

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WASHINGTON—Following Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) announcement that the Senate will consider the FIRST STEP Act during the 115th Congress, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) released this statement: “This is very welcome news. As the House has already demonstrated, we are committed to making substantive reforms to our criminal justice system. Years of work here and around the country have gotten us to this point. This is about redemption, and giving many Americans another chance to achieve a more fulfilling future. I encourage the Senate to act swiftly on this legislation, and the House stands ready to get it done.”       

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11 декабря, 02:23

Speaker Ryan Statement on Farm Bill Conference Report

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WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) today issued the following statement on the farm bill agreement reached by the House and Senate: “Rural America is at the heart of our way of life. Our farmers, ranchers, and rural communities count on agriculture policy that delivers certainty and support, and this farm bill achieves that goal. This bill strengthens work requirements for our federal nutrition benefit programs, and uses savings to better train and equip our workforce—reforms we have long sought to help more Americans move from welfare to work. Now we need to build on this, which is why it is important that this bill ensures Secretary Perdue can continue his work on this critical issue. “This bill will also help keep communities safe by reducing catastrophic wildfire risk and will provide more timber management tools at the state, county, and tribal levels. I am thankful to Chairman Conaway and the members of the House Committee on Agriculture for all the work they have put into this legislation. This is a good day for American producers and families.”  

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08 декабря, 21:48

Speaker Ryan Thanks General John Kelly For His Service

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WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement thanking General Kelly for his service as White House chief of staff, following the announcement of his departure:  “John Kelly is a patriot. Service to America is part of his DNA, and our country is better for his duty at the White House. During this time he has become a dear friend and trusted partner. He was a force for order, clarity, and good sense. He is departing what is often a thankless job, but John Kelly has my eternal gratitude.”

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07 декабря, 18:35

Speaker Ryan Applauds Nauert U.N. Nomination

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WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement on the nomination of Heather Nauert to be the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations: “President Trump has made an excellent selection by nominating Heather Nauert to be U.N. ambassador. As one of the United States’ strongest voices on the global stage, Heather will seamlessly transition to the country’s top diplomat at the U.N. Janna and I have known and respected Heather for many years, and we look forward to all that she will accomplish at the U.N. as an advocate for freedom, liberty, and human rights.”

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07 декабря, 01:19

The 2018 Capitol Christmas Tree

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WASHINGTON—This evening, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) participated in the annual Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the West Front Lawn. He was joined in lighting the 80-foot Noble Fir from the Willamette National Forest by 9-year-old Oregonian Brigette Harrington, who earned the role by winning a poem contest. The tree will be lit from nightfall until 11 p.m. each evening through January 1, 2019. Below are the speaker’s remarks as prepared for delivery: “What a beautiful tree. “What a beautiful occasion. “I want to thank everyone who had a hand in pulling all of this together. “I know it is no small task, especially when the tree comes all the way from Oregon. “I want to thank my colleagues in the Oregon delegation: Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici, Kurt Schrader, and Greg Walden. And especially Peter DeFazio, for sharing a piece of his district with us. “This is my fourth and final time leading this event and each time the tree is more stunning. “I will say though, we have some pretty nice trees in Wisconsin, too… keep that in mind one of these years. “But this beautiful noble fir made a long journey, stopping in communities all across the country, so that people could share in this wonderful tradition. “What a tremendous way to come together. “This week, our nation mourns the loss of a giant. “And while his loss is a great sorrow, George H.W. Bush was also a beacon of joy. “A few days after one of his granddaughters was born, President Bush wrote her a letter. “He ends the letter by saying how you can do all these incredible things in life, but ‘even with all that,’ he writes, ‘what counts is family and love.’ “Now, he didn’t necessarily write that about Christmas, but is there anything that better captures its spirit…its light? “We celebrate Christmas year after year and somehow it never becomes less special. “A season dedicated to wonder and faith. “We take our joy at the birth of a savior, heralded by angels, and we spread that joy to those in our lives. “We could all use a little more of that. “Sometimes, our best blessings are hidden. “My favorite Christmas movie is ‘It’s a Wonderful Life.’ It captures this idea so well. “I watch it every year. It’s in black-and-white, so part of the tradition involves trying to convince my kids to watch it with me. “In the movie, George Bailey despairs he has fallen short in life. He goes so far as to imagine the world would be better off without him. “Only when an angel comes to him and reveals how much he is loved, how much he is worth—only then does he realize that he truly has a wonderful life. “We all have angels in our own lives who remind us of our blessings. “There is so much good, so much joy, so much compassion around us, and we simply fail to see it. “It’s there, but hidden. “All it needs is just a few points of light.  “So in a moment, we will light this tree. “We always try to bring in an expert to help us out with this. “This year, it’s Brigette Harrington from Hillsboro. “Brigette won a contest with her poem about Oregon’s outdoors and what they mean to her. “I’ve asked her to share a few lines.” … “Now, it’s time for us to light this tree. Brigette, let’s give them a countdown… five…”

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06 декабря, 20:15

House Leaders Present McCormack Award to Hugh Halpern, Bernie Raimo, and Austin Smythe

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WASHINGTON—At a ceremony in the Capitol on Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) presented the John W. McCormack Award of Excellence to longtime House staffers Hugh Halpern, Bernie Raimo, and Austin Smythe. The award, named after Speaker John McCormack of Massachusetts, was created in 1970 to recognize long-time employees of the House of Representatives who have displayed dedication and bipartisanship. Halpern is director of floor operations for the Office of the Speaker. Raimo is counsel for the Office of the Democratic Leader. Smythe is policy director for the Office of the Speaker. Following are excerpts from Speaker Ryan’s remarks at today’s ceremony, as prepared for delivery: “The McCormack Award celebrates the idea that the people’s House is only as good as its people: the dedicated staff who make this institution work. John McCormack was a product of South Boston who served here for 42 years.  He succeeded Sam Rayburn as speaker, and led the institution during the tumultuous 1960s. His biographer described him as you would a true man of the House. He was always in the room for the big decisions, but made sure to let others take the credit. He was unfailingly kind, too. History records that his harshest insult was saying, quote, ‘I hold the member in minimum high regard.’ This award in his name, the highest that we as House leaders can bestow, celebrates longtime employees who have gone above and beyond in their dedication to the institution and their commitment to bipartisanship.”   “When I think about Hugh, two things that I absolutely love about this place come to mind. First, that it is a meritocracy. Hugh started as a driver and he has risen to the top of the institution.  And he has done it by consistently being a behind-the-scenes guy, putting in the long hours, doing the nuts and bolts work, mentoring the next generation of staff. He really embodies the traits necessary to make this institution function. Second, Hugh really respects the vital role of the committees. It is just second nature to him to respect the input of both the majority and the minority. And frankly, we need more of that. One other thing about Hugh: He is often the guy who has to tell members no or explain, respectfully, why their great idea maybe isn’t so ‘great.’ Somehow—I’m not exactly sure how —he smooths everything out without a problem.”   “As for Bernie, his reputation precedes him. Working for two committees and two Democratic leaders—including of course a speaker—is an impressive run. One story I have heard comes from Jennifer Hemingway, his counterpart in our office. Jennifer says that after she got the job, the first person to call her was Bernie. It is a small gesture, but I think it says a lot about his genuine commitment to being institutional partners. Bernie can always be counted on to provide his best counsel. If he gives his word, we can trust his word. And no matter what the decision is, he will see it through for the good of the institution. Also, Bernie is decidedly old school. He is known to be a fan of the House telephone book. So much so, that he has informed the clerk that if we were to discontinue the practice, he will have no choice but to retire. “   “When I called Austin to tell him he was receiving this award, he said, ‘Hey, that’s great! … What is it?’ If you know Austin, that really captures who he is. There is no ego about him, no expectation of recognition. He embodies ‘service above self.’ It is why, when I started at the Budget Committee as ranking member, the very first thing I did was lure him from OMB to be my staff director. And we have been working together ever since. Austin is one of those people who is always in the room for the big decisions. You can implicitly trust him to know the particulars, and work to get to yes. And when the work is done, there is no victory lap. He always moves right on to the next thing. As we speak, he is probably thinking about the next ‘four corners’ meeting he has to get to. Austin is someone I consider a kindred spirit. I could not be more honored—as speaker and just as a friend—to present him with this award.”

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04 декабря, 20:50

Five Photos from 41's Lying In State Ceremony

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President George Herbert Walker Bush became just the 12th president to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda yesterday—a solemn honor that brought his family, members of Congress, the Supreme Court, and military leaders together like no other service could. At 94 years of age and with 17 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, he lived a full life of service: to others and to his country. As Speaker Ryan said in his eulogy, President Bush was "a great leader and a good man...his memory will belong to glory." 1. The Bush family, Vice President and Second Lady Pence, and Speaker and Mrs. Ryan stand in respect as President Bush's casket enters the Capitol Rotunda. 12-03-18 at 18-12-18.jpg 2. Speaker Ryan offers his condolences to President George W. Bush.  12-03-18 at 18-26-21-2.jpg 3. America's military and political leaders bow their heads in prayer in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda. 12-03-18 at 18-46-18.jpg 4. President Bush's flag-draped casket sits atop a wooden box known as a catafalque—the same one that President Lincoln laid upon during his state funeral. 12-03-18 at 20-34-02.jpg 5. From high above in the Rotunda, a bird's eye view shows a steady stream of visitors who have traveled from all corners of the country to pay their last respects to President George Herbert Walker Bush. May God bless him. 12-03-18 at 20-51-25.jpg More: To watch the full hour-long service, click here. To watch Speaker Ryan's five-minute eulogy, click here. To see that photo that Speaker Ryan mentions in his eulogy of both Presidents Bush after 9/11, click here.

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03 декабря, 23:50

Speaker Ryan’s Remarks Honoring the Life of President George H.W. Bush

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George Herbert Walker Bush was a great leader and a good man. His memory will belong to glory. God bless the 41st president of the United States. pic.twitter.com/jRTuTlH2eM— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) December 3, 2018 WASHINGTON—Today, President George H.W. Bush was honored in a service at the United States Capitol. The ceremony marked the arrival of his casket to the Capitol Rotunda, where the late president will lie in state until Wednesday. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) spoke to recognize President Bush’s legacy of service, strength of character, and the indelible mark he left on our nation’s history. Speaker Ryan’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, are as follows: As Americans, we have no more solemn duty than laying a great patriot to rest. Here lies a great man. To the Bush family: On behalf of the whole House—Republicans and Democrats—we are profoundly sorry for your loss. And we are honored to celebrate this wonderful life with you. Like so many, I feel a personal debt of gratitude today. The 1988 campaign was the first one I was involved in. We handed out literature at the Janesville Craig Cougars ball games. I remember going to this big rally on the Miami of Ohio campus the day after the first debate. The whole experience really drew me into politics. He was the first president I had the chance to vote for. And he was the first president to teach me that in a democracy sometimes you fall short. And that how you handle that is just as important as how you win. An old preacher once said: “Grace is but glory begun, and glory is but grace perfected.” Glory is transcendent in the life of our republic. This Rotunda is a trumpet call to glory, tributes to the giants all the way up to the sky. Grace is different, more elemental. It is not larger than life; it is the stuff of life—the connective tissue in a free society. It deepens the well of our common humanity. Throughout his life of service, President Bush personified grace. His character was second to none. He reached the heights of power with uncommon humility. He made monumental contributions to freedom with a fundamental decency that resonates across generations. No one better harmonized the joy of life and the duty of life. There is that indelible image of him as commander-in-chief during the Gulf War waving to a sea of troops during a visit over Thanksgiving. There are the images of him as a devoted husband—that twinkle in his eye Barbara always brought out—especially in those big family photos in Kennebunkport. There is the image of him as a loving father reaching out to hold his son’s hand at the National Cathedral after 9/11. And there is the letter he wrote to his children on the last day of 1990, as he wrestled with the decision over Operation Desert Storm. He begins by recounting the family Christmas, and apologizes if he seemed distracted. “I tried not to be,” he writes. Then, for about a page, he elaborates on his struggle over sending young Americans into harm's way. Twice in the letter, he writes that “every human life is precious.” On the original copy, he adds by hand a note wishing the family a happy new year. In consequential times, George Herbert Walker Bush demonstrated the finest qualities of our Nation and humankind. A great leader and a good man. A gentle soul of sturdy resolve. He showed us that how we live is as important as what we achieve. His life was a hymn of honor. His legacy is grace perfected. His memory will belong to glory. God bless the 41st president of the United States.