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Paul D. Ryan

Paul Ryan's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Paul D. Ryan
Office: U.S. House (WI) - District 1, Republican
First Elected: 11/03/1998
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Announced, Republican for U.S. House - District 1
Primary Aug. 12, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Janna; 3 Children: Elizabeth, Charles, Samuel
Birth Date: 01/29/1970
Birth Place: Janesville, WI
Home City: Janesville, WI
Religion: Roman Catholic
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Paul Ryan refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2012, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

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  • Paul Ryan. Fox News “Fox News Sunday” - Transcript. 21 March 2010. “For those of us in the pro-life movement and the -- and my Democrat friends who are pro-life, that doesn't cut it. A executive order is not something that is permanent law like the Hyde Amendment. So we just do not see that as something sufficient to actually permanently prohibit taxpayer funding of abortions.” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Sensenbrenner and Ryan Defend the Rights of Pro-Life Employees. 7 January 2009. “Such a flagrant disrespect for the rights of the unborn is deeply troubling […] Should University of Wisconsin officials follow through on this effort to compromise the value of human life, it is imperative that the conscience rights of pro-life employees are fully protected. This is an altogether troubling proposition.” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. MSNBC Interview: Transcript. 12 March 2009. “I am personally pro-life. I am a pro-life legislator.” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. MSNBC Interview: Transcript. 12 March 2009. "I am personally pro-life. I am a pro-life legislator." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Sensenbrenner and Ryan Defend the Rights of Pro-Life Employees. 7 January 2009. "Such a flagrant disrespect for the rights of the unborn is deeply troubling [¦] Should University of Wisconsin officials follow through on this effort to compromise the value of human life, it is imperative that the conscience rights of pro-life employees are fully protected. This is an altogether troubling proposition." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Fox News "Fox News Sunday" - Transcript. 21 March 2010. "For those of us in the pro-life movement and the -- and my Democrat friends who are pro-life, that doesn't cut it. A executive order is not something that is permanent law like the Hyde Amendment. So we just do not see that as something sufficient to actually permanently prohibit taxpayer funding of abortions." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Affordable Health Care for America Act. 7 November 2009. "For those of us who support the protection of and the sanctity of life, the only vote, the right vote, the vote to keep a clean conscience is a 'yes' vote for the Stupak amendment." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Affordable Health Care for America Act. 7 November 2009. “For those of us who support the protection of and the sanctity of life, the only vote, the right vote, the vote to keep a clean conscience is a 'yes' vote for the Stupak amendment.” (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Taxes: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

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  • Paul Ryan. Hearing of the House Budget Committee - The Department of Defense and the FY13 Budget. 29 February 2012. “Like all categories of government spending, defense spending should be executed with efficiency and accountability. Yet many fear the arbitrary and deep reductions that the President has proposed in the defense budget will lead to a dramatic reduction in our defense capability. I commend you for your efforts to fund defense priorities within a rapidly shrinking budget. Your predicament, in my opinion, is due to failures elsewhere in the federal budget. According to Harvard's Niall Ferguson, a financial historian, the fall of great nations is the result of their excessive debt burdens. In their paths to decline, defense spending is always the first casualty.” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013. 17 May 2012. “Mr. Chairman, we passed a budget. We showed what we would do to deal with all of these fiscal problems and fiscal priorities. We showed defense spending decreases off the defense request from last year. We showed a responsible way to get savings from the Pentagon budget.” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Issue Position: Military and Veteran Affairs. 15 September 2011. “I recently showed my support for the troops by voting in favor of the final version of H.R. 5658, the Fiscal Year 2009 (FY2009) Department of Defense (DOD) Authorization bill, which passed the House on May 22, 2008. This legislation sets policies and authorizes spending for the DOD in the amount of $602 billion, also including an additional $70 billion for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Rep. Paul Ryan Details his Plan for Prosperity at American Enterprise Institute. 5 April 2011. “The first job of government is to secure the safety and liberty of its citizens. Defense spending should be executed with greater efficiency and accountability, but our men and women in uniform should never be thought of as mere line items on a budget spreadsheet. This budget follows the lead of Defense Secretary Robert Gates, assuming $178 billion in savings from going after the inefficiencies at the Pentagon, but reinvesting $100 billion of that into key military capabilities, before putting the rest toward deficit reduction.” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Ryan Critical of Bills that Ration Funds for Troops, Misuse Intelligence Resources. 10 May 2007. “Our troops deserve better than this. They need the resources and support from this Congress to succeed at their mission. They don't need further stalling and half-measures that hinder their progress and could put them in greater danger.” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2012. 15 April 2011. “I personally think the President's budget is a pretty low water mark. It exceeds it by raising taxes another $210 billion and also cutting defense by $614 billion above the cuts that are in the base, our budget, and in the President's budget. Secretary Gates has warned us that such cuts would leave the military unable to meet its current missions. And using his words: 'Setting indiscriminate targets to scrimp on defense is math, not strategy.'” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. ABC "This Week" – Transcript. 1 April 2012. “My issue is I think that the president's budget on the Pentagon is a budget-driven strategy, not a strategy-driven budget. He announced the number of the cuts he wanted for the Pentagon, and then he began the strategy review to conform to that number. We take $300 billion out of defense spending versus the $500 billion that the president does in his budget. We think there are savings to be gotten there, but I think the president's hollowing it out. Because in other words, he's spending more money on every other aspect of government. $1.5 trillion in more domestic spending, and $2 trillion in higher taxes. So balance in Washington these days -- spend more, borrow more, tax more, have a debt crisis. That to me isn't balanced.” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. ABC "This Week" “ Transcript. 1 April 2012. "My issue is I think that the president's budget on the Pentagon is a budget-driven strategy, not a strategy-driven budget. He announced the number of the cuts he wanted for the Pentagon, and then he began the strategy review to conform to that number. We take $300 billion out of defense spending versus the $500 billion that the president does in his budget. We think there are savings to be gotten there, but I think the president's hollowing it out. Because in other words, he's spending more money on every other aspect of government. $1.5 trillion in more domestic spending, and $2 trillion in higher taxes. So balance in Washington these days -- spend more, borrow more, tax more, have a debt crisis. That to me isn't balanced." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Ryan Critical of Bills that Ration Funds for Troops, Misuse Intelligence Resources. 10 May 2007. "Our troops deserve better than this. They need the resources and support from this Congress to succeed at their mission. They don't need further stalling and half-measures that hinder their progress and could put them in greater danger." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Rep. Paul Ryan Details his Plan for Prosperity at American Enterprise Institute. 5 April 2011. "The first job of government is to secure the safety and liberty of its citizens. Defense spending should be executed with greater efficiency and accountability, but our men and women in uniform should never be thought of as mere line items on a budget spreadsheet. This budget follows the lead of Defense Secretary Robert Gates, assuming $178 billion in savings from going after the inefficiencies at the Pentagon, but reinvesting $100 billion of that into key military capabilities, before putting the rest toward deficit reduction." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Issue Position: Military and Veteran Affairs. 15 September 2011. "I recently showed my support for the troops by voting in favor of the final version of H.R. 5658, the Fiscal Year 2009 (FY2009) Department of Defense (DOD) Authorization bill, which passed the House on May 22, 2008. This legislation sets policies and authorizes spending for the DOD in the amount of $602 billion, also including an additional $70 billion for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2012. 15 April 2011. "I personally think the President's budget is a pretty low water mark. It exceeds it by raising taxes another $210 billion and also cutting defense by $614 billion above the cuts that are in the base, our budget, and in the President's budget. Secretary Gates has warned us that such cuts would leave the military unable to meet its current missions. And using his words: 'Setting indiscriminate targets to scrimp on defense is math, not strategy.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013. 17 May 2012. "Mr. Chairman, we passed a budget. We showed what we would do to deal with all of these fiscal problems and fiscal priorities. We showed defense spending decreases off the defense request from last year. We showed a responsible way to get savings from the Pentagon budget." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Hearing of the House Budget Committee - The Department of Defense and the FY13 Budget. 29 February 2012. "Like all categories of government spending, defense spending should be executed with efficiency and accountability. Yet many fear the arbitrary and deep reductions that the President has proposed in the defense budget will lead to a dramatic reduction in our defense capability. I commend you for your efforts to fund defense priorities within a rapidly shrinking budget. Your predicament, in my opinion, is due to failures elsewhere in the federal budget. According to Harvard's Niall Ferguson, a financial historian, the fall of great nations is the result of their excessive debt burdens. In their paths to decline, defense spending is always the first casualty." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Taxes: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

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  • Paul Ryan. CBS News “ Transcript. 13 June 2011. "Keep taxes low and get spending under control so we don't have a debt crisis [¦] So, I would go in a different direction than he has gone on fiscal policy. And that's exactly what we've done in the house. Is offered a different direction on fiscal policy. Keep taxes and spending low, not high." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, Paul Ryan, pledge to the taxpayers of the 1 district of the state of Wisconsin and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (atr.org)
  • Paul Ryan. CBS "Face the Nation" - Transcript. 17 April 2011. "So first of all, we're not talking about cutting taxes. We're just not agreeing with the President's tax increases. I guess that's the new definition of tax cuts. We're saying keep tax rates where they are right now. And get rid of all those loopholes and deductions, which by the way are mostly enjoyed by wealthy people, so you can lower tax rates." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. NBC "Meet the Press" - Transcript. 10 April 2011. "We want job creation, economic growth, and that's why if you go down the tax increase path you're sacrificing the economy; and especially when the fact that the problem we have is spending, not taxes. Spending's the root cause of our deficit and debts. Every time we run a big deficit means more tax increases." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Fox News "Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace." 3 April 2011. "So we're not going to go down the path of raising taxes on people and raising taxes on the economy. We want to go after the source of the problem, and that is spending. So yes, we want pro-growth job reform for job creation, for economic growth, not for tax increasing. We'll go after spending." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Economic Club of Chicago Remarks are Prepared for Delivery by Paul Ryan. 16 May 2011. "A simpler, fairer tax code is needed for the individual side, too. Individuals, families, and employers spend over six billion hours and over $160 billion per year figuring out how to pay their taxes. It's time to clear out the tangle of credits and deductions and lower tax rates to promote growth." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Cut, Cap, and Balance Act of 2011. 19 July 2011. "Basically, what this says is there is no way you can tax your way out of this problem. We asked the Congressional Budget Office. If we tried to do that--have balance, raise taxes--the tax rates on the next generation would be this: The lowest income tax bracket that lower income people pay, which is 10 percent now, goes to 25 percent. Middle-income taxpayers would pay a 66 percent rate. The top tax rate, which is what all those successful small businesses that create most of our jobs pay, would go to 88 percent [¦] This is unsustainable." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2012. 15 April 2011. "When our economy is struggling to get out of a very deep recession, over $2 trillion in tax increases I just don't think is responsible. On the alternative, I think what we are offering is responsible. Our budget does four basic things. It gets the economy growing. It keeps taxes where they are and prevents massive tax increases." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Press Conference with Senator Tom Coburn; Senator Richard Burr; Senator Lamar Alexander, Representative Devin Nunes; Representative Paul Ryan. 20 May 2009. "The answer is not a massive new tax increase and massive new spending programs. The answer is to take the money we're already spending and spend it far more efficiently, far more effectively, to reflect the dynamics of the 21st century so that the center of this system is not politicians and bureaucrats making the decisions, the center of this system is patients and their doctors making the decisions." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. “I, Paul Ryan, pledge to the taxpayers of the 1 district of the state of Wisconsin and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.” (atr.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Economic Club of Chicago Remarks are Prepared for Delivery by Paul Ryan. 16 May 2011. “A simpler, fairer tax code is needed for the individual side, too. Individuals, families, and employers spend over six billion hours and over $160 billion per year figuring out how to pay their taxes. It's time to clear out the tangle of credits and deductions and lower tax rates to promote growth.” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Fox News “Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace.” 3 April 2011. “So we're not going to go down the path of raising taxes on people and raising taxes on the economy. We want to go after the source of the problem, and that is spending. So yes, we want pro-growth job reform for job creation, for economic growth, not for tax increasing. We'll go after spending.” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. NBC “Meet the Press” - Transcript. 10 April 2011. “We want job creation, economic growth, and that's why if you go down the tax increase path you're sacrificing the economy; and especially when the fact that the problem we have is spending, not taxes. Spending's the root cause of our deficit and debts. Every time we run a big deficit means more tax increases.” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Press Conference with Senator Tom Coburn; Senator Richard Burr; Senator Lamar Alexander, Representative Devin Nunes; Representative Paul Ryan. 20 May 2009. “The answer is not a massive new tax increase and massive new spending programs. The answer is to take the money we're already spending and spend it far more efficiently, far more effectively, to reflect the dynamics of the 21st century so that the center of this system is not politicians and bureaucrats making the decisions, the center of this system is patients and their doctors making the decisions.” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Cut, Cap, and Balance Act of 2011. 19 July 2011. “Basically, what this says is there is no way you can tax your way out of this problem. We asked the Congressional Budget Office. If we tried to do that--have balance, raise taxes--the tax rates on the next generation would be this: The lowest income tax bracket that lower income people pay, which is 10 percent now, goes to 25 percent. Middle-income taxpayers would pay a 66 percent rate. The top tax rate, which is what all those successful small businesses that create most of our jobs pay, would go to 88 percent […] This is unsustainable.” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. CBS “Face the Nation” - Transcript. 17 April 2011. “So first of all, we're not talking about cutting taxes. We're just not agreeing with the President's tax increases. I guess that's the new definition of tax cuts. We're saying keep tax rates where they are right now. And get rid of all those loopholes and deductions, which by the way are mostly enjoyed by wealthy people, so you can lower tax rates.” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. CBS News – Transcript. 13 June 2011. “Keep taxes low and get spending under control so we don't have a debt crisis […] So, I would go in a different direction than he has gone on fiscal policy. And that's exactly what we've done in the house. Is offered a different direction on fiscal policy. Keep taxes and spending low, not high.” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2012. 15 April 2011. “When our economy is struggling to get out of a very deep recession, over $2 trillion in tax increases I just don't think is responsible. On the alternative, I think what we are offering is responsible. Our budget does four basic things. It gets the economy growing. It keeps taxes where they are and prevents massive tax increases.” (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Taxes: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing Medicaid spending? View Citations

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  • Paul Ryan. Path to Prosperity 2013. “Constraining Medicaid’s growing cost trajectory by $810 billion over ten years,contributing to the long-­‐term stability of the federal government’s Fiscal condition and easing the largest and fastest growing burden on state budgets.” (budget.house.gov)
  • Paul Ryan. Fox News "Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace" – Transcript. 3 April 2011. “Let me say this one thing, Medicare and Medicaid spending will go up every single year under our budget. They don't just go up as much as they're going right now, because they're growing at unsustainable rates. Free programs alone, Medicare, Medicaid especially, and social security, take over all government revenues by the time my children are my age. When my kids are my age, who are six, seven and nine years old, at that time when they're raising their children, three programs crowd out every other federal priority. They can't keep growing at the pace that they're growing at. So, yes, we do increase and grow Medicare, Medicaid spending but albeit not at -- at the pace they're growing at because they're completely unsustainable. And that's why we're (INAUDIBLE) them with key reforms that are proven to stretch that Medicare, Medicaid dollar farther.” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. NBC "Meet the Press" – Transcript. 10 April 2011. “With respect to the safety net, our goal is to repair the safety net, make it more sustainable. Safety net spending grows every year under this budget. Medicare, Medicaid spending grows every year under this budget. What we're trying to do here is save Medicare and Medicaid so that they're sustainable. But also, the safety net is tearing apart at the seams. We want to fix the safety net.” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. The Wall Street Journal - The GOP Path To Prosperity. 5 April 2011. “This budget will build upon the historic welfare reforms of the late 1990s by converting the federal share of Medicaid spending into a block grant that lets states create a range of options and gives Medicaid patients access to better care.” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Paul Ryan Discusses Fixing the Social Safety Net and the Moral Components of the Budget Debate. 17 April 2012. “For Medicaid: we give the states the ability to customize Medicaid to meet the unique needs of their population. Medicaid spending goes up each and every year under our plan; it just doesn't go up at the incredibly fast pace the President proposes because we think it bankrupts the program. We propose in our budget that annual federal spending rises from $3.6 trillion a year to $4.8 trillion a year over the ten-year period, instead of the President's proposed increases to about $5.8 trillion a year. Apparently that difference -- meaning, growing federal spending at a slower pace than the President proposes -- makes us "social Darwinists," or things like this. It's sort of hysterical, over-the-top rhetoric that, at the end of the day, I just don't think people will buy because they know we can't keeping borrowing and spending like we are.” (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Taxes: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing Medicare spending? View Citations

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  • Paul Ryan. NBC "Meet the Press" – Transcript. 10 April 2011. “With respect to the safety net, our goal is to repair the safety net, make it more sustainable. Safety net spending grows every year under this budget. Medicare, Medicaid spending grows every year under this budget. What we're trying to do here is save Medicare and Medicaid so that they're sustainable. But also, the safety net is tearing apart at the seams. We want to fix the safety net.” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan Path to Prosperity 2013. “As opposed to pegging the growth rate to a predetermined formula, competitive bidding offers the ideal means of harnessing the power of choice and competition to control costs, while also securing guaranteed affordability for patients. As a backup, the per capita cost of this reformed program for seniors reaching eligibility after 2023 could not exceed nominal GDP growth plus 0.5 percent.” […] “The cap on the growth rate is intended to: (1) act as a fallback to assure the federal government budgetary savings and protect the future of Medicare; and (2) foster the proper incentives for providers and plans to develop more efficient methods of quality care delivery and attract seniors to those plans that succeed.” (budget.house.gov)
  • Paul Ryan. Fox News "Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace" – Transcript. 3 April 2011. “Let me say this one thing, Medicare and Medicaid spending will go up every single year under our budget. They don't just go up as much as they're going right now, because they're growing at unsustainable rates. Free programs alone, Medicare, Medicaid especially, and social security, take over all government revenues by the time my children are my age. When my kids are my age, who are six, seven and nine years old, at that time when they're raising their children, three programs crowd out every other federal priority. They can't keep growing at the pace that they're growing at. So, yes, we do increase and grow Medicare, Medicaid spending but albeit not at -- at the pace they're growing at because they're completely unsustainable. And that's why we're (INAUDIBLE) them with key reforms that are proven to stretch that Medicare, Medicaid dollar farther.” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Path to Prosperity 2013. “Medicare alone is currently projected to rise from 3.7 percent of GDP to 14 percent of GDP by 2085. But according to CBO, the trust fund that sustains Medicare will run out of money long before that – a mere ten years from now. The unchecked growth of the Medicare program cannot be sustained, and the government’s continued reliance on price controls will only make matters worse. Washington’s failure to advance structural reforms threatens not just the affordability of coverage for seniors, but also the security that comes with knowing that coverage can be obtained at any price.” (budget.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Taxes: Is balancing the budget an administrative priority? View Citations

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  • Paul Ryan. National Review Online-Avoiding the Credit Cliff. 22 June 2011. “But the greater challenge remains avoiding the credit cliff. To that end, the House of Representatives passed a budget, "The Path to Prosperity," which would put us on a path to balanced budgets and save critical programs such as Medicare -- without resorting to growth-killing tax hikes. Meanwhile, the president has yet to put forward a serious budget, and it has been 784 days since the Senate passed any budget at all. Despite the current leadership deficit in Washington, I am optimistic that we will avoid the most predictable crisis in our history. Americans are well-aware of the dangers of out-of-control spending and rising debt, and they have been for some time. They are demanding leaders who will be honest about the solutions required.” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Failed Economic and Fiscal Policies Lead to Another Trillion Dollar Deficit. 27 July 2012. "The President's string of broken promises on our nation's fiscal challenges weighs heavy on an anemic economy. The President's commitment to ever-higher government spending and his failure to deliver on his economic promises have resulted in the fourth-straight budget deficit in excess of one trillion dollars. The Administration's lack of seriousness when it comes to responsibly prioritizing taxpayer dollars is unconscionable. In the face of continued economic pain and a debt crisis ahead, the President refuses to chart a new course. Instead of taking more from hardworking Americans and small businesses, policymakers must advance principled pro-growth solutions that spur job creation, lift the crushing burden of debt, and expand opportunity for generations to come.” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Fox News "Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace" – Transcript. 18 September 2011. “We passed a budget that balanced the budget, pays off the debt, reforms that tax code by getting rid of loopholes and lowering tax rates. We passed regulatory reform. We passed new energy development to explore domestic energy production. We have passed so many bills out of the House to create jobs and they are sitting over in the Senate. And so if he wants to run against the do-nothing Congress, he should focus it on the do-noting Senate Democrats. It is 817 days since they bother to try to pass a budget.” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Issue Position: Budget. 14 August 2012. “It is unconscionable to leave the next generation with a crushing burden of debt and a nation in decline. The choice of two futures presented in the House-passed FY2013 budget is premised on the wisdom of the American people to build a prosperous future for themselves and for future Americans to come. Today, America is struggling — these are tough times and people are rightfully anxious about the future. But as the challenge grows, so does the opportunity to restore America's promise and prosperity. This budget recommits the federal government to the security of every American citizen's natural right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, while fostering an environment for economic growth and private-sector job creation.” (paulryan.house.gov)
  • Paul Ryan. Ryan on Passage of Responsible Deficit Reduction Package. 10 May 2012. "Hardworking families deserve leaders who are willing to meet their legal and moral obligation to prioritize spending within a responsible budget. Earlier this year, the House passed a responsible budget. Today, the House passed a series of common-sense reforms that stop the abuse of public-assistance programs, restrain the bureaucracy's growth, and eliminate wasteful and duplicative spending. The reforms passed today will reduce the deficit by more than 400 percent of the arbitrary sequester cuts they replace.” (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • Paul Ryan. Twitter: RepPaulRyan. 8 July 2011. “What is certain, is that more spending, more taxes & more punting of responsibility will only mean more weak job reports.” (twitter.com)
  • Paul Ryan. Twitter: RepPaulRyan. 8 July 2011. "What is certain, is that more spending, more taxes & more punting of responsibility will only mean more weak job reports." (twitter.com)
  • Paul Ryan. Issue Position: Jobs & Economy. 14 August 2012. "The mounting economic hardships throughout Southern Wisconsin -- from mass layoffs to growing insecurity -- have been downright gut-wrenching. Families are finding it more difficult to make ends meet while they watch their savings evaporate. As Congress takes action to help spur economic recovery, it must adhere to the principle of first and foremost -- do no harm. To this end, any "stimulus' package Congress considers should be focused on protecting the taxpayer and avoid prolonging our decline by simply throwing borrowed money at the problem." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. The Janesville Gazette “ Rep. Paul Ryan Awaiting Details on Debt Deal. 16 July 2011. "Spending is the problem. The kinds of spending cuts being talked about fall so far short of what's necessary to avoid a debt crisis in this country... This moment I don't believe will be the one where we'll solve all of our fiscal problems, but we'll get a down payment on them. [¦] I believe it's important that we cut spending to keep our interest rates low so our economy has a chance to heal. That's what's most important, here." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Obama's Economic Experiment Has Failed “ Time to Get Back to What Works. 13 June 2011. "The president clearly inherited a difficult fiscal and economic situation when he took office. But his response to the crisis has been woefully inadequate [...] The stimulus spending spree failed to create jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Hearing of the House Budget Committee “ The State of the U.S. Economy. 9 February 2011. "Endless borrowing is not a strategy. We must restore the foundations of economic growth -- low taxes, spending restraint, reasonable regulations, and sound money -- to help restart the engines of economic growth and job creation. We must not neglect the 'sound money' part of the equation. The Federal Reserve has undertaken another round of quantitative easing -- purchasing Treasury bonds in an attempt to lower borrowing costs and stimulate the economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Cut, Cap, and Balance Act of 2011. 19 July 2011. "We can't keep spending money we don't have. Forty-two cents out of every dollar coming out of Washington--it's borrowed money. Let's take a look at where it's coming from. We're borrowing it, 47 percent of it, from other countries--China number one. Mr. Speaker, you can't have sovereignty, self-determination as a country, if we are relying on other governments to cash-flow half of our deficit." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. CBO Offers Latest Warning on Alarming Budget Deficit and Painful Jobs Deficit. 24 August 2011. "The Congressional Budget Office has again warned policymakers of the urgent need to get Washington's fiscal house in order. This reports confirms again that years of reckless overspending have not produced the economic growth or the jobs that the President promised and that American families need." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Cut, Cap, and Balance Act of 2011. 19 July 2011. “We can't keep spending money we don't have. Forty-two cents out of every dollar coming out of Washington--it's borrowed money. Let's take a look at where it's coming from. We're borrowing it, 47 percent of it, from other countries--China number one. Mr. Speaker, you can't have sovereignty, self-determination as a country, if we are relying on other governments to cash-flow half of our deficit.” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Hearing of the House Budget Committee – The State of the U.S. Economy. 9 February 2011. “Endless borrowing is not a strategy. We must restore the foundations of economic growth -- low taxes, spending restraint, reasonable regulations, and sound money -- to help restart the engines of economic growth and job creation. We must not neglect the 'sound money' part of the equation. The Federal Reserve has undertaken another round of quantitative easing -- purchasing Treasury bonds in an attempt to lower borrowing costs and stimulate the economy.” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Issue Position: Jobs & Economy. 14 August 2012. “The mounting economic hardships throughout Southern Wisconsin -- from mass layoffs to growing insecurity -- have been downright gut-wrenching. Families are finding it more difficult to make ends meet while they watch their savings evaporate. As Congress takes action to help spur economic recovery, it must adhere to the principle of first and foremost -- do no harm. To this end, any "stimulus' package Congress considers should be focused on protecting the taxpayer and avoid prolonging our decline by simply throwing borrowed money at the problem.” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. HR 1. 111th United States Congress. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Paul Ryan voted NO on 28 January 2009. Project Vote Smart Summary: (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. The Janesville Gazette – Rep. Paul Ryan Awaiting Details on Debt Deal. 16 July 2011. “Spending is the problem. The kinds of spending cuts being talked about fall so far short of what's necessary to avoid a debt crisis in this country... This moment I don't believe will be the one where we'll solve all of our fiscal problems, but we'll get a down payment on them. […] I believe it's important that we cut spending to keep our interest rates low so our economy has a chance to heal. That's what's most important, here.” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Obama's Economic Experiment Has Failed – Time to Get Back to What Works. 13 June 2011. “The president clearly inherited a difficult fiscal and economic situation when he took office. But his response to the crisis has been woefully inadequate [...] The stimulus spending spree failed to create jobs.” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. CBO Offers Latest Warning on Alarming Budget Deficit and Painful Jobs Deficit. 24 August 2011. “The Congressional Budget Office has again warned policymakers of the urgent need to get Washington's fiscal house in order. This reports confirms again that years of reckless overspending have not produced the economic growth or the jobs that the President promised and that American families need.” (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

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  • Paul Ryan. Jobs & Economy: Eliminating Tax Loopholes and Lowering Tax Rates. 14 August 2012. “Finally we need to lower tax rates, to encourage economic activity and to allow our businesses to compete on a level playing field against those in countries where business tax rates are much lower.” (paulryan.house.gov)
  • Paul Ryan. Op-Ed: Washington's Elusive Quest for Jobs. 18 November 2009. "As argued during the previous stimulus debates, there are legitimate steps Congress can take to help the American economy in both the near and long term, including the following: Support Real Policies for Growth. Fast-acting tax policy - such as allowing expensing on all new investments - would boost incentives to expand business operations and create jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. CNBC Interview – Transcript. 13 February 2009. “I've heard that, but that belies the fact that we've been offering alternatives, and that the alternative we brought to the floor using Christina Romer's own methodology, the president's top economist, using her own methodology, our bill would have created twice the amount of jobs for half the cost, a $400 billion of tax incentives for businesses, entrepreneurs, start-up companies and families and created 6.2 million jobs using her methodology.” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Ryan: Economic Recovery Alternative Creates Twice as Many Jobs at Half the Cost. 28 January 2009. "We need to help small businesses, entrepreneurs and the self-employed survive this recession and give them incentives to expand. 70% of our jobs in America come from small businesses. Yet there are more taxpayer dollars dedicated to arts and culture, cars for federal employees, and renovating federal buildings, than to helping small businesses grow." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Jobs & Economy: Eliminating Tax Loopholes and Lowering Tax Rates. 14 August 2012. "Finally we need to lower tax rates, to encourage economic activity and to allow our businesses to compete on a level playing field against those in countries where business tax rates are much lower." (paulryan.house.gov)
  • Paul Ryan. Remarks by Representative Ryan on Tax Cuts as Prepared for Delivery at the 2004 Republican National Convention. 1 September 2004. "President Bush delivered broad tax relief for all Americans - because he understands that people, not government, start the businesses and create the jobs that drive our economy. He pushed Congress to accelerate the tax cuts to boost growth and job creation. He doubled the child tax credit and cut the marriage penalty to help parents make ends meet. He provided incentives for small businesses to invest and expand [¦] Because of the President's leadership, the economy is now strong and getting stronger." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Issue Position: Taxes. 13 September 2011. "Instead of chasing this type of ever-higher spending with ever-higher taxes, Congress needs to focus on providing incentives for workers, entrepreneurs and families to put our economy on the path to recovery." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. CNBC Interview “ Transcript. 13 February 2009. "I've heard that, but that belies the fact that we've been offering alternatives, and that the alternative we brought to the floor using Christina Romer's own methodology, the president's top economist, using her own methodology, our bill would have created twice the amount of jobs for half the cost, a $400 billion of tax incentives for businesses, entrepreneurs, start-up companies and families and created 6.2 million jobs using her methodology." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Ryan: Economic Recovery Alternative Creates Twice as Many Jobs at Half the Cost. 28 January 2009. “We need to help small businesses, entrepreneurs and the self-employed survive this recession and give them incentives to expand. 70% of our jobs in America come from small businesses. Yet there are more taxpayer dollars dedicated to arts and culture, cars for federal employees, and renovating federal buildings, than to helping small businesses grow.” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Op-Ed: Washington's Elusive Quest for Jobs. 18 November 2009. “As argued during the previous stimulus debates, there are legitimate steps Congress can take to help the American economy in both the near and long term, including the following: Support Real Policies for Growth. Fast-acting tax policy - such as allowing expensing on all new investments - would boost incentives to expand business operations and create jobs.” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Issue Position: Taxes. 13 September 2011. “Instead of chasing this type of ever-higher spending with ever-higher taxes, Congress needs to focus on providing incentives for workers, entrepreneurs and families to put our economy on the path to recovery.” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Remarks by Representative Ryan on Tax Cuts as Prepared for Delivery at the 2004 Republican National Convention. 1 September 2004. “President Bush delivered broad tax relief for all Americans - because he understands that people, not government, start the businesses and create the jobs that drive our economy. He pushed Congress to accelerate the tax cuts to boost growth and job creation. He doubled the child tax credit and cut the marriage penalty to help parents make ends meet. He provided incentives for small businesses to invest and expand […] Because of the President's leadership, the economy is now strong and getting stronger.” (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

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  • Paul Ryan. Fox News "Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace" – Transcript. 18 September 2011. “WALLACE: OK. So, let's do a quick check list if we can of the president's jobs plan. Money to build roads and bridges, the so-called "shovel-ready projects." Are you going to go for that? RYAN: Well, they're not shovel-ready, number one. But we are going to do a new highway reauthorization. And so, that's the normal course of business. But we don't want to do it with all this borrowed money. So, we do believe infrastructure is good and we're going to fix this, but we don't think that's going to work. If you want to do the rightful shot, the temporary tax rebates -- we tried that in the Bush administration, they failed then, too. And when you pay for them with permanent tax increases, they don't work. And we just don't think we should be bailing out state governments when the federal government's budget is even in worse shape than the state governments are. WALLACE: So, no to infrastructure as part of the jobs plan and no to aid to the states to keep first responders and teachers on the payroll? RYAN: That's the constitutional responsibility of state governments, not the federal government.” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. The Path to Prosperity 2013. “In the first two years of the Obama administration, funding for the Department of Transportation grew by 24 percent – and that doesn’t count the stimulus spike, which nearly doubled transportation spending in one year. The mechanisms of federal highway and transit spending have become distorted, leading to imprudent, irresponsible, and often downright wasteful spending. Further, however worthy some highway projects might be, their capacity as job creators has been vastly oversold, as demonstrated by the extravagant but unfulfilled promises that accompanied the 2009 stimulus bill, particularly with regard to high-­‐speed rail.” (budget.house.gov)
  • Paul Ryan. Joint Statement from Sensenbrenner, Ryan and Petri on Bill to Use High Speed Rail Funds to Reduce the Deficit. 16 November 2010. "We support Governor-elect Walker's effort to put the brakes on the High Speed Rail budget boondoggle, which is why we introduced legislation, today, that would give states the ability to return federal funds obligated to high-speed rail projects, and instead use this money to reduce our nation's $1.3 trillion deficit and $13.8 trillion debt. This high speed rail project is a bad investment for taxpayers and our state simply cannot afford it. We are optimistic that Congress will consider our legislation and empower states to prioritize spending and lead efforts to get our nation's fiscal house in order." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. CNBC Interview – Transcript. 13 February 2009. “The rebate checks flow out fast and it makes the statistics look a little bit better, but the kind of spending that the demand siders tell us to do is infrastructure, infrastructure is six percent of this bill.” […] “And so I just think that we're going to buy ourselves more problems by doing this borrowing and spending and even under the Keynesian rubric, this isn't the right kind of spending and it's not timely spending.” (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

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  • Paul Ryan. Issue Position: Education. “In an effort to reform NCLB and federal education policy, I have been a vocal supporter of the bipartisan A-PLUS Act. This initiative seeks to improve student achievement by empowering those in the best position to make curriculum decisions: parents, teachers, the school districts, and states. Many educators and parents have expressed frustration with the numerous federal requirements that have come with NCLB funding. The A-PLUS Act allows local school districts to implement their own, individual education plans. While still allowing for federal support, it would provide States freedom from the onerous one-size-fits-all mandates. Accountability would remain an integral part of this legislation, while the most critical decisions would be made by educators who are closest to the students, rather than bureaucrats in Washington.” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Education: A-Plus. 14 August 2012. "Introduced by Representative Bishop (R-UT) in July 2011, H.R.2514, the Academic Partnerships Lead Us to Success (A-PLUS) Act, would allow states to opt out of NCLB, giving them greater flexibility to appropriately meet state educational needs. With the approval of at least two of three state entities (Governor, State Legislature, state education agency), states would enter into a five-year performance agreement with the Secretary of Education and would be required to demonstrate uniform increased academic achievement as well as provide disaggregated performance data from various demographic groups. A-PLUS limits federal influence over state education programs and provides relief from the imposition of NCLB's top-down reform policies, and I have signed on as a co-sponsor of this bill." (paulryan.house.gov)
  • Paul Ryan. Education. 14 August 2012. "The H.R.2055 conference report “ a new bill reflecting changes passed in the Senate “ passed the House on December 16, 2011, and provides a total of $71.3 billion for the Department of Education, a $153 million less than Fiscal Year 2011. This funding level includes $14.5 billion for Title I Grants to local school districts, a continuation of the current maximum Pell Grant level of $5,550, $11.6 billion for Special Education programs and eliminates funding for the "Race to the Top" initiative. [¦] Rather than relying on the federal government to ensure that students are given the capability to fulfill their potential, education ought to be governed by state and local boards more ably qualified to determine student need." (paulryan.house.gov)
  • Paul Ryan. Issue Position: Education. "In an effort to reform NCLB and federal education policy, I have been a vocal supporter of the bipartisan A-PLUS Act. This initiative seeks to improve student achievement by empowering those in the best position to make curriculum decisions: parents, teachers, the school districts, and states. Many educators and parents have expressed frustration with the numerous federal requirements that have come with NCLB funding. The A-PLUS Act allows local school districts to implement their own, individual education plans. While still allowing for federal support, it would provide States freedom from the onerous one-size-fits-all mandates. Accountability would remain an integral part of this legislation, while the most critical decisions would be made by educators who are closest to the students, rather than bureaucrats in Washington." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Issue Position: Education. 15 September 2011. "While states would continue to receive federal aid, [The A-PLUS Act] would provide states freedom from one-size-fits-all mandates. Importantly, accountability would remain an integral part of this legislation [...] This bill will be an important way to allow educators who are close to the students to decide upon policy, rather than forcing them to comply with burdensome federal program requirements." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Issue Position: Education. 15 September 2011. “While states would continue to receive federal aid, [The A-PLUS Act] would provide states freedom from one-size-fits-all mandates. Importantly, accountability would remain an integral part of this legislation [...] This bill will be an important way to allow educators who are close to the students to decide upon policy, rather than forcing them to comply with burdensome federal program requirements.” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Education: A-Plus. 14 August 2012. “Introduced by Representative Bishop (R-UT) in July 2011, H.R.2514, the Academic Partnerships Lead Us to Success (A-PLUS) Act, would allow states to opt out of NCLB, giving them greater flexibility to appropriately meet state educational needs. With the approval of at least two of three state entities (Governor, State Legislature, state education agency), states would enter into a five-year performance agreement with the Secretary of Education and would be required to demonstrate uniform increased academic achievement as well as provide disaggregated performance data from various demographic groups. A-PLUS limits federal influence over state education programs and provides relief from the imposition of NCLB’s top-down reform policies, and I have signed on as a co-sponsor of this bill.” (paulryan.house.gov)
  • Paul Ryan. Education. 14 August 2012. “The H.R.2055 conference report – a new bill reflecting changes passed in the Senate – passed the House on December 16, 2011, and provides a total of $71.3 billion for the Department of Education, a $153 million less than Fiscal Year 2011. This funding level includes $14.5 billion for Title I Grants to local school districts, a continuation of the current maximum Pell Grant level of $5,550, $11.6 billion for Special Education programs and eliminates funding for the “Race to the Top” initiative. […] Rather than relying on the federal government to ensure that students are given the capability to fulfill their potential, education ought to be governed by state and local boards more ably qualified to determine student need.” (paulryan.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Environment and Energy: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Paul Ryan. Issue Position: Energy. 13 September 2011. “On June 26, 2009, the House passed sweeping legislation under the guise of curbing global greenhouse emissions. H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act, would achieve this by putting in place a complicated 'cap-and-trade' scheme requiring all energy producers to purchase expensive government permits in exchange for the right to produce energy from certain natural resources or to produce certain goods like steel, aluminum, or cement. The legislation will devastate our economy and cost Wisconsin critical manufacturing jobs.” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Restoring the Rule of Law. 15 September 2011. "In 2007, a wrongheaded Supreme Court decision cleared the way for the Environmental Protection Agency to unilaterally regulate greenhouse gases if the agency found that such gases "may reasonably be anticipated to endanger public health or welfare." As soon as Obama's EPA chief took office, "reasonably" was unreasonably defined, and the agency issued finding after finding that would produce real economic harm in exchange for distant -- and dubious -- environmental ends. With Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid running Congress, the Administration first pushed for legislation resembling the European Union's cap-and-trade system. Because of the EPA's power grab, affected industries faced the "good cop, bad cop" routine: It was either play ball with Pelosi, or else the EPA could be counted on to come up with something worse. Given the options, it's no surprise that a "Who's Who" of big corporations lined up to support the bill once their priorities were met, even though most Americans remained strongly opposed." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Issue Position: Energy. 13 September 2011. "On June 26, 2009, the House passed sweeping legislation under the guise of curbing global greenhouse emissions. H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act, would achieve this by putting in place a complicated 'cap-and-trade' scheme requiring all energy producers to purchase expensive government permits in exchange for the right to produce energy from certain natural resources or to produce certain goods like steel, aluminum, or cement. The legislation will devastate our economy and cost Wisconsin critical manufacturing jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. House Passes Punitive Cap-And-Tax Bill. 26 June 2009. "The center of the deeply flawed H.R. 2454 is a cap-and-trade scheme aimed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by increasing energy costs on all Americans [¦] Without regard for the detrimental economic consequences, the proponents of the legislation believe this unilateral energy tax would help reduce global temperatures by a fraction of a degree by the end of the century." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Sensenbrenner, Ryan Urge Export-Import Bank to Reverse India Plant Ruling. 29 June 2010. "The Administration's actions show that attempting to reduce reducing global warming -- by a fraction of a degree over the next century -- is a higher priority than keeping Wisconsin residents employed now. The vibrancy and competitiveness of the American economy should never take a back seat to political ideology and it's reprehensible that the Administration has arrived at the faulty conclusion that we are incapable of enacting energy policies that are both environmentally friendly and economically beneficial," said Ryan, Ranking Republican on the House Budget Committee. "American products and workers can compete with the best in the world, if they are given a chance -- unfortunately, in this instance, they were not. Should the Administration fail to reverse this decision, or worse, should it continue with muscling through a byzantine cap-and-trade scheme, we need only to look to Bucyrus to see the repercussions." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Restoring the Rule of Law. 15 September 2011. “In 2007, a wrongheaded Supreme Court decision cleared the way for the Environmental Protection Agency to unilaterally regulate greenhouse gases if the agency found that such gases "may reasonably be anticipated to endanger public health or welfare." As soon as Obama's EPA chief took office, "reasonably" was unreasonably defined, and the agency issued finding after finding that would produce real economic harm in exchange for distant -- and dubious -- environmental ends. With Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid running Congress, the Administration first pushed for legislation resembling the European Union's cap-and-trade system. Because of the EPA's power grab, affected industries faced the "good cop, bad cop" routine: It was either play ball with Pelosi, or else the EPA could be counted on to come up with something worse. Given the options, it's no surprise that a "Who's Who" of big corporations lined up to support the bill once their priorities were met, even though most Americans remained strongly opposed.” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. House Passes Punitive Cap-And-Tax Bill. 26 June 2009. “The center of the deeply flawed H.R. 2454 is a cap-and-trade scheme aimed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by increasing energy costs on all Americans […] Without regard for the detrimental economic consequences, the proponents of the legislation believe this unilateral energy tax would help reduce global temperatures by a fraction of a degree by the end of the century.” (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment and Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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  • Paul Ryan. Issue Position: Energy. 1 January 2011. “Last December I voted to open up the resources available to America in the Outer Continental Shelf. On December 15, 2006, Congress passed a comprehensive legislative package that included a measure to allow oil and natural gas exploration in two specific areas of the Gulf of Mexico. I voted in favor of this measure and was glad to see this provision pass into law on December 20, 2006.” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. H.R. 909: The "All of the Above" Energy Solution. 3 March 2011. "'The Energy Roadmap is a common sense all-of-the-above approach that promotes American-made energy and American jobs. It offers a bold new path that provides additional support for renewable energy, while strengthening our competitiveness and reducing our dependence on government. The Energy Roadmap will help unlock the vast potential of our natural resources, promote a responsible transition to renewable energy resources, and reduce our reliance on foreign oil,' said Chairman Paul Ryan. The bill increases our domestic supply of energy by lifting restrictions on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the Outer Continental Shelf, and oil shale in the Mountain West. It also removes barriers to expanding the uses of our nation's extensive coal supplies to fill the tanks of American military vehicles and jets." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Energy: The Path to Prosperity. 14 August 2012. "Rather than helping politically connected firms at the expense of others, Congress should be advancing comprehensive policies that benefit all job creators and entrepreneurs. The best energy policy is one that encourages robust competition and innovation to ensure that the American people have access to an affordable and stable energy supply. This is exactly what the House-passed budget does. The Path to Prosperity eliminates crony capitalism through the tax code, advances pro-growth reforms aimed to boost job creation and lower gas prices." [¦] "The Obama administration has blocked and delayed domestic energy production both onshore and offshore, costing jobs and sidelining American energy sources at a time of rising gasoline prices and unstable conflict in the Middle East and North Africa." (paulryan.house.gov)
  • Paul Ryan. Issue Position: Energy. 1 January 2011. "Last December I voted to open up the resources available to America in the Outer Continental Shelf. On December 15, 2006, Congress passed a comprehensive legislative package that included a measure to allow oil and natural gas exploration in two specific areas of the Gulf of Mexico. I voted in favor of this measure and was glad to see this provision pass into law on December 20, 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Ryan: Wisconsin Can no Longer Afford Our Lack of an Energy Policy. 14 July 2008. "Unless Congress takes action to lift its own moratorium, President Bush's decision to lift an executive ban on offshore drilling is meaningless. For nearly three decades, Congress has made it illegal to drill for oil and natural gas along the Outer Continental Shelf. Those I serve in Wisconsin can no longer afford to put up with our misguided energy policies. In addition to the pain at the pump felt by families across Wisconsin, high fuel costs have led directly to announced layoffs for workers at GM in Janesville and Midwest Airlines in Oak Creek. Enough is enough: we need a comprehensive energy policy - and we need one today. Congress can start by ending its stubborn resistance toward boosting domestic energy supply, and lift its moratorium on offshore drilling." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Ryan: Wisconsin Can no Longer Afford Our Lack of an Energy Policy. 14 July 2008. “Unless Congress takes action to lift its own moratorium, President Bush's decision to lift an executive ban on offshore drilling is meaningless. For nearly three decades, Congress has made it illegal to drill for oil and natural gas along the Outer Continental Shelf. Those I serve in Wisconsin can no longer afford to put up with our misguided energy policies. In addition to the pain at the pump felt by families across Wisconsin, high fuel costs have led directly to announced layoffs for workers at GM in Janesville and Midwest Airlines in Oak Creek. Enough is enough: we need a comprehensive energy policy - and we need one today. Congress can start by ending its stubborn resistance toward boosting domestic energy supply, and lift its moratorium on offshore drilling.” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. H.R. 909: The "All of the Above" Energy Solution. 3 March 2011. “'The Energy Roadmap is a common sense all-of-the-above approach that promotes American-made energy and American jobs. It offers a bold new path that provides additional support for renewable energy, while strengthening our competitiveness and reducing our dependence on government. The Energy Roadmap will help unlock the vast potential of our natural resources, promote a responsible transition to renewable energy resources, and reduce our reliance on foreign oil,' said Chairman Paul Ryan. The bill increases our domestic supply of energy by lifting restrictions on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the Outer Continental Shelf, and oil shale in the Mountain West. It also removes barriers to expanding the uses of our nation's extensive coal supplies to fill the tanks of American military vehicles and jets.” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Energy: The Path to Prosperity. 14 August 2012. “Rather than helping politically connected firms at the expense of others, Congress should be advancing comprehensive policies that benefit all job creators and entrepreneurs. The best energy policy is one that encourages robust competition and innovation to ensure that the American people have access to an affordable and stable energy supply. This is exactly what the House-passed budget does. The Path to Prosperity eliminates crony capitalism through the tax code, advances pro-growth reforms aimed to boost job creation and lower gas prices.” […] “The Obama administration has blocked and delayed domestic energy production both onshore and offshore, costing jobs and sidelining American energy sources at a time of rising gasoline prices and unstable conflict in the Middle East and North Africa.” (paulryan.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Foreign Policy: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

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  • Paul Ryan. Op-Ed: The Need to Succeed in Afghanistan. 3 December 2009. “In a much-anticipated speech at West Point, the President argued, 'It is in our vital national interest to send an additional 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan.' The goal of our military efforts, the commander-in-chief reminded us on Tuesday, is to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat al Qaeda and its extremist allies. Our President needs to be supported in his effort regardless of party, and I hope that this surge of 30,000 forces will be sufficient to secure victory in Afghanistan.” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Remarks Delivered to the Hamilton Society. 2 June 2011. "Our ability to affect events is strongest in Iraq and Afghanistan, where for the last decade we have been fighting the scourge of global terrorism. In these countries, we can and we must remain committed to the promotion of stable governments that respect the rights of their citizens and deny terrorists access to their territory. Although the war has been long and the human costs high, failure would be a blow to American prestige and would reinvigorate al Qaeda, which is reeling from the death of its leader. Now is the time to lock in the success that is within reach." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. War on Terrorism. 13 August 2012. "I believe that the engagement in Afghanistan is necessary, and demands careful considerations for the safety of both our Armed Forces and citizens. Our own security at home depends on denying Al Qaeda and other terrorists a safe haven to operate from abroad such as Afghanistan. I continue to support providing our soldiers with the best possible equipment so they are able to complete their mission safely, effectively and on time so they can return to their families as soon as possible." (paulryan.house.gov)
  • Paul Ryan. Op-Ed: The Need to Succeed in Afghanistan. 3 December 2009. "In a much-anticipated speech at West Point, the President argued, 'It is in our vital national interest to send an additional 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan.' The goal of our military efforts, the commander-in-chief reminded us on Tuesday, is to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat al Qaeda and its extremist allies. Our President needs to be supported in his effort regardless of party, and I hope that this surge of 30,000 forces will be sufficient to secure victory in Afghanistan." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Issue Position: War on Terrorism. 1 January 2011. "Moving forward in Iraq and Afghanistan, we must bear in mind the consequences of failure. If we give up now, a weakened al-Qaeda would quickly regain strength in both Iraq and Afghanistan. In Iraq, sectarian and tribal conflicts would reignite and escalate. Iran, a known supporter of terrorist groups including Hezbollah and Hamas, would emerge as the dominant regional power. Afghanistan would likely relapse into a series of bloody power struggles between terrorist-sympathizing Taliban supporters and increasingly powerful drug lords, the same conditions that allowed Afghanistan to become a safe-haven for al-Qaeda terrorists in the first place.You may be asking yourself--why is this so important? What does all this have to do with me? For our communities, for our families, and for our way of life--the stakes could not be higher. As a father of three young children, I realize the importance of ensuring that Iraq and Afghanistan do not become the new bases for worldwide terrorist operations. In a post-9/11 world, we cannot let up in our fight against radical extremists--those that seek to end our way of life. The safety and security of our nation and the fate of the free world depend on it." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Issue Position: War on Terrorism. 1 January 2011. “Moving forward in Iraq and Afghanistan, we must bear in mind the consequences of failure. If we give up now, a weakened al-Qaeda would quickly regain strength in both Iraq and Afghanistan. In Iraq, sectarian and tribal conflicts would reignite and escalate. Iran, a known supporter of terrorist groups including Hezbollah and Hamas, would emerge as the dominant regional power. Afghanistan would likely relapse into a series of bloody power struggles between terrorist-sympathizing Taliban supporters and increasingly powerful drug lords, the same conditions that allowed Afghanistan to become a safe-haven for al-Qaeda terrorists in the first place.You may be asking yourself--why is this so important? What does all this have to do with me? For our communities, for our families, and for our way of life--the stakes could not be higher. As a father of three young children, I realize the importance of ensuring that Iraq and Afghanistan do not become the new bases for worldwide terrorist operations. In a post-9/11 world, we cannot let up in our fight against radical extremists--those that seek to end our way of life. The safety and security of our nation and the fate of the free world depend on it.” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. War on Terrorism. 13 August 2012. “I believe that the engagement in Afghanistan is necessary, and demands careful considerations for the safety of both our Armed Forces and citizens. Our own security at home depends on denying Al Qaeda and other terrorists a safe haven to operate from abroad such as Afghanistan. I continue to support providing our soldiers with the best possible equipment so they are able to complete their mission safely, effectively and on time so they can return to their families as soon as possible.” (paulryan.house.gov)
  • Paul Ryan. Remarks Delivered to the Hamilton Society. 2 June 2011. “Our ability to affect events is strongest in Iraq and Afghanistan, where for the last decade we have been fighting the scourge of global terrorism. In these countries, we can and we must remain committed to the promotion of stable governments that respect the rights of their citizens and deny terrorists access to their territory. Although the war has been long and the human costs high, failure would be a blow to American prestige and would reinvigorate al Qaeda, which is reeling from the death of its leader. Now is the time to lock in the success that is within reach.” (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Foreign Policy: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Paul Ryan. Op-Ed: Lessons From Afghanistan. 1 March 2010. "There are many, many more challenges confronting our mission in Afghanistan, but these are the large ones. Compounding these issues is the fact that much of the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan is largely ungoverned. As a result, Taliban insurgents and al-Qaeda terrorists engage coalition forces in Afghanistan, then quickly retreat across the border to safe haven in Pakistan. Until this area is permanently cleared of insurgents on both sides of the border, coalition forces on the Afghan side of the border will face tremendous pressure." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Op-Ed: Lessons From Afghanistan. 1 March 2010. “There are many, many more challenges confronting our mission in Afghanistan, but these are the large ones. Compounding these issues is the fact that much of the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan is largely ungoverned. As a result, Taliban insurgents and al-Qaeda terrorists engage coalition forces in Afghanistan, then quickly retreat across the border to safe haven in Pakistan. Until this area is permanently cleared of insurgents on both sides of the border, coalition forces on the Afghan side of the border will face tremendous pressure.” (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Paul Ryan. Sportsmen's Heritage Act of 2012. 17 April 2012. “Madam Chair, as an avid outdoorsman and member of the bipartisan Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus, I am grateful for the opportunity to voice my support for H.R. 4089, the Sportsmen's Heritage Act. This legislation clarifies federal policies for the management of sporting activities on public lands and protects opportunities for recreational hunting, fishing, and shooting. I commend the House Committee on Natural Resources for their commitment to preserving the legacy of conservation and upholding Second Amendment rights, and I urge my colleagues to vote in favor of this important legislation.” (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Pear. The New York Times: As Ryan Looks to Focus on Economy, Spotlight Shines on His Other Views. 12 August 2012. "Appearing on C-Span shortly after he was first elected to Congress in 1998, Mr. Ryan said, 'I do not think that more gun control laws are going to solve our crime problems.' He added, 'Gun control is not crime control." Noting that he had lived on Capitol Hill, Mr. Ryan said: 'I've been mugged before. I've heard the gunshots. This city has perhaps the most stringent gun control laws in any city in the country. Yet it has perhaps the greatest crime problems with firearms.'" (www.nytimes.com)
  • Paul Ryan. Sportsmen's Heritage Act of 2012. 17 April 2012. "Madam Chair, as an avid outdoorsman and member of the bipartisan Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus, I am grateful for the opportunity to voice my support for H.R. 4089, the Sportsmen's Heritage Act. This legislation clarifies federal policies for the management of sporting activities on public lands and protects opportunities for recreational hunting, fishing, and shooting. I commend the House Committee on Natural Resources for their commitment to preserving the legacy of conservation and upholding Second Amendment rights, and I urge my colleagues to vote in favor of this important legislation." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Ryan Hails "Landmark Affirmation of Our Constitutional Rights." 26 June 2008. "This is a landmark affirmation of our constitutional rights. As an avid outdoorsman and hunter, I've long been an advocate of the rights of gun owners who use firearms responsibly, while working to punish those who use guns to commit crimes. For over three decades, the D.C. gun ban has stripped citizens of their right to keep and bear arms - a clear violation of the Second Amendment. This decision will reverberate for years as a victory for individual liberty." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Ryan Votes to Prevent Reckless Lawsuits Against Firearms, Food Service Businesses. 20 October 2005. "Wisconsinites know it isn't right to sue a restaurant simply because of the choices made by its customers, or to sue a responsible gun shop owner if someone uses a gun bought there to commit a crime. While these kinds of lawsuits may seem like a joke, they have the potential to hurt small businesses and cost jobs, as employers have to shell out legal fees to defend themselves from ridiculous charges," Ryan said. "We're trying to reinforce an age-old, common-sense standard of law and discourage abuses of our legal system that can hurt upstanding businesses." (votesmart.org)
  • Robert Pear. The New York Times: As Ryan Looks to Focus on Economy, Spotlight Shines on His Other Views. 12 August 2012. “Appearing on C-Span shortly after he was first elected to Congress in 1998, Mr. Ryan said, 'I do not think that more gun control laws are going to solve our crime problems.' He added, 'Gun control is not crime control.” Noting that he had lived on Capitol Hill, Mr. Ryan said: 'I’ve been mugged before. I’ve heard the gunshots. This city has perhaps the most stringent gun control laws in any city in the country. Yet it has perhaps the greatest crime problems with firearms.'” (www.nytimes.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Tom Cohen. CNN: Republicans signal a hard-line stance after election success. 8 November 2010. "Some of the Republican opponents of the bill also called for keeping popular provisions touted by Obama and Democrats, such as preventing insurance companies from dropping coverage when people get sick, or denying coverage due to pre-existing conditions. 'We're going to do everything we can to try and repeal and replace this thing,' Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, expected to be the new chairman of the House Budget Committee, said on 'Fox News Sunday.'" (www.cnn.com)
  • Paul Ryan. Health Care: Path to Prosperity. 14 August 2012. "The House-passed budget repeals the President's disastrous new health care law and protects the health and retirement security of those who need it. With the creation of Medicare in 1965, the United States made a commitment to help fund the medical care of elderly Americans to ensure that a serious illness would not exhaust their life savings or the assets and incomes of their working children and younger relatives." (paulryan.house.gov)
  • Paul Ryan. Transcript: Ryan's response to State of the Union. 26 January 2011. "Last week, House Republicans voted for a full repeal of this law [Affordable Care Act], as we pledged to do, and we will work to replace it with fiscally responsible, patient-centered reforms that actually reduce costs and expand coverage." (www.cnn.com)
  • Paul Ryan. Fox News "Your World with Cavuto" - Transcript. 2 June 2011. "We don't affect the benefits for people above 55 years old on Medicare. In fact, we restore their benefits by repealing the Obamacare raid on the Medicare fund and the rationing board they put in charge of Medicare. We repeal that." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Fortune Magazine “ Broke! Fixing America's Fiscal Crisis. 4 March 2010. "Within a few years a sale of government bonds will fail. The capital markets will go crazy, and the Fed and Treasury will run to Capitol Hill demanding a giant bailout. Adding Obamacare would make the crisis go deeper and arrive faster." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Transcript: Ryan's response to State of the Union. 26 January 2011. “Last week, House Republicans voted for a full repeal of this law [Affordable Care Act], as we pledged to do, and we will work to replace it with fiscally responsible, patient-centered reforms that actually reduce costs and expand coverage.” (www.cnn.com)
  • Tom Cohen. CNN: Republicans signal a hard-line stance after election success. 8 November 2010. “Some of the Republican opponents of the bill also called for keeping popular provisions touted by Obama and Democrats, such as preventing insurance companies from dropping coverage when people get sick, or denying coverage due to pre-existing conditions. 'We're going to do everything we can to try and repeal and replace this thing,' Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, expected to be the new chairman of the House Budget Committee, said on 'Fox News Sunday.'” (www.cnn.com)
  • Paul Ryan. Health Care: Path to Prosperity. 14 August 2012. “The House-passed budget repeals the President’s disastrous new health care law and protects the health and retirement security of those who need it. With the creation of Medicare in 1965, the United States made a commitment to help fund the medical care of elderly Americans to ensure that a serious illness would not exhaust their life savings or the assets and incomes of their working children and younger relatives.” (paulryan.house.gov)
  • Paul Ryan. Fox News “Your World with Cavuto” - Transcript. 2 June 2011. “We don't affect the benefits for people above 55 years old on Medicare. In fact, we restore their benefits by repealing the Obamacare raid on the Medicare fund and the rationing board they put in charge of Medicare. We repeal that.” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Fortune Magazine – Broke! Fixing America's Fiscal Crisis. 4 March 2010. "Within a few years a sale of government bonds will fail. The capital markets will go crazy, and the Fed and Treasury will run to Capitol Hill demanding a giant bailout. Adding Obamacare would make the crisis go deeper and arrive faster." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Should individuals be required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Paul Ryan. Economic Club of Chicago Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by Paul Ryan. 16 May 2011. “But most important, we propose to repeal the new health care law and its burdensome maze of new regulations. It's bad enough that the law imposes an unconstitutional mandate on every American; it also imposes new regulations on businesses, which are stifling job creation.” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Restoring the Rule of Law. 15 September 2011. “Last case: The President's health care law. This one is a doozy. Let me share with you a figure that serves as a devastating indictment of the new law: So far, over 1,400 businesses and organizations have been granted temporary waivers from the law's onerous mandates. These waivers do not guarantee relief in the future, which is why I refer to them as "stays of execution." Nor do they help those firms that lack the connections to lobby for waivers. The powerful discretion assumed by HHS to play judge in determining these stays of execution does tremendous damage to the rule of law.” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Ryan: IPAB Repeal Vote An Important Step In Saving Medicare. 8 March 2012. “But simply repealing IPAB will not be enough. The President's health care law also raids Medicare of over $500 billion to pay for a costly new entitlement program that will worsen our nation's fiscal health. It imposes one-size-fits-all regulations on health insurance and then forces all Americans to buy it with an individual mandate. Bipartisan solutions that improve affordable access to quality health care cannot proceed until this partisan roadblock is repealed in its entirety.” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Ryan: The Case for Repeal and Replace Grows Stronger. 28 June 2012. "The federal government is tasked with protecting our cherished liberties -- not infringing upon them with mandates and intrusions into our lives. Today's ruling affirms another broken promise by President Obama, who misled the American people in selling the law by insisting that the federal mandate was not a tax. Despite today's disappointing decision on the law's constitutionality, there is no question that the law remains terrible policy. It is bad news for individuals, whose personal health care decisions are threatened by greater government control. It is bad news for workers, whose paychecks and jobs are threatened by the hundreds of billions of dollars of new tax hikes and crippling uncertainty from the massive law. It is bad news for seniors, whose health security is threatened by the bureaucratic restrictions to access from the law's changes to Medicare. It is bad news for future generations, whose prospects for greater opportunity are stifled by the trillions of dollars of new debt that will result from this law.” (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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  • Paul Ryan. Issue Position: Immigration. 13 September 2011. “I believe new legislation should require illegal immigrants seeking a green card or citizenship to leave the United States and reapply in their home country.” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Issue Position: Immigration. 13 September 2011. "I believe new legislation should require illegal immigrants seeking a green card or citizenship to leave the United States and reapply in their home country." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Immigration. 14 August 2012. "However, I do not support amnesty for the millions of illegal immigrants already living in the United States. Any reform proposal must require that those who have disregarded the rule of law are not rewarded for their actions. In the end, I hope that with better border security and a more robust and up-to-date employee verification system, we will be able to stem the flow of illegal immigration and restore the rule of law." (paulryan.house.gov)
  • Paul Ryan. Immigration. 14 August 2012. “However, I do not support amnesty for the millions of illegal immigrants already living in the United States. Any reform proposal must require that those who have disregarded the rule of law are not rewarded for their actions. In the end, I hope that with better border security and a more robust and up-to-date employee verification system, we will be able to stem the flow of illegal immigration and restore the rule of law.” (paulryan.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Same-Sex Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Paul Ryan. NBC "Meet the Press" – Transcript. 19 February 2012. “But I supported the Wisconsin amendment to define marriage between a man and a woman. Look, Bill Clinton signed into law the Defense of Marriage Act. If I recall from the last presidential campaign, President Obama, Vice President Biden said that they support marriage as being between a man and a woman. So you know, I don't know why we're spending all this time talking about this. We've got a debt crisis coming and the administration just gave us a budget that just simply charts another path to debt and decline. It's an unserious budget that just fails at tackling these challenges and I think that's what we ought to be talking about right now.” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. House Votes to Protect Marriage and States’ Rights, Prevent Power Play by Federal Judges. 22 July 2004. “I believe fundamentally that marriage is between a man and a woman.” (paulryan.house.gov)
  • Paul Ryan. Fox News Channel "The O'Reilly Factor" – Transcript. 7 November 2008. “I completely agree with that. We had those kinds of problems in Wisconsin as well. We did it here at the grass roots. But look, our party went native in a lot of areas. The old Reagan coalition fell apart on one-third of it. we've done some good things on social conservatism. We banned partial-birth abortion. We got good judges. We defended marriage. We've been strong on national defense. Where we fell down is on fiscal conservatism and on economic liberty. We've washed that tenet out of our party.” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. House Votes to Protect Marriage and States' Rights, Prevent Power Play by Federal Judges. 22 July 2004. "I believe fundamentally that marriage is between a man and a woman." (paulryan.house.gov)
  • Paul Ryan. NBC "Meet the Press" “ Transcript. 19 February 2012. "But I supported the Wisconsin amendment to define marriage between a man and a woman. Look, Bill Clinton signed into law the Defense of Marriage Act. If I recall from the last presidential campaign, President Obama, Vice President Biden said that they support marriage as being between a man and a woman. So you know, I don't know why we're spending all this time talking about this. We've got a debt crisis coming and the administration just gave us a budget that just simply charts another path to debt and decline. It's an unserious budget that just fails at tackling these challenges and I think that's what we ought to be talking about right now." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Fox News Channel "The O'Reilly Factor" “ Transcript. 7 November 2008. "I completely agree with that. We had those kinds of problems in Wisconsin as well. We did it here at the grass roots. But look, our party went native in a lot of areas. The old Reagan coalition fell apart on one-third of it. we've done some good things on social conservatism. We banned partial-birth abortion. We got good judges. We defended marriage. We've been strong on national defense. Where we fell down is on fiscal conservatism and on economic liberty. We've washed that tenet out of our party." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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  • Paul Ryan. The American Spectator – The Man With The Plan. 9 April 2010. “Since winning his congressional seat in 1998, Ryan has pushed for tax reform and garnered attention as one of the leaders of the fight for Social Security personal accounts, which he tirelessly campaigned for during President Bush's failed reform effort in 2005.” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. The Promise and Potential of Smart Social Security Reforms. 14 November 2004. “This legislation would give workers the opportunity to invest a good part of their payroll taxes in tax-free personal accounts. These accounts will give those who participate a much better rate of return on their investment than Social Security does, while shielding them from major risk.” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Issue Position: Social Security. 13 September 2011. “I have proposed giving younger workers the voluntary option to invest over one-third of their payroll taxes into personal retirement accounts. These benefits will become the property of the individual, which can be passed onto their heirs. These voluntary retirement accounts also have built-in safeguards to minimize risk -- with a guaranteed minimum benefit, while still allowing for growth far above the chronically low rates of return in our current system.” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Issue Postion: Social Security. 13 September 2011. “My plan starts by ending the raid on the Social Security Trust Fund. Workers under 55 will have the voluntary option of investing over one-third of their current Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts. Those who decide to invest a portion of their funds into are guaranteed against a poor market outcome.” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Newsweek-Red Alert As Obama's National-debt Panel Prepares for Deliberations, One Congressman Proposes How to Get Back in the Black. 19 February 2010. “My plan offers those now under 55 a choice: continue to take part in traditional Social Security or join a retirement system like Congress's own plan. Future seniors will be able to invest more than a third of their payroll taxes in savings accounts they will own. These accounts will be guaranteed and managed by the federal government - not by a private investment firm.” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Issue Position: Social Security. 13 September 2011. "I have proposed giving younger workers the voluntary option to invest over one-third of their payroll taxes into personal retirement accounts. These benefits will become the property of the individual, which can be passed onto their heirs. These voluntary retirement accounts also have built-in safeguards to minimize risk -- with a guaranteed minimum benefit, while still allowing for growth far above the chronically low rates of return in our current system." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Outside View: Social Security. 18 March 2005. "The legislative proposal I introduced last year with Sen. John Sununu, R-N.H., would achieve this by allowing younger workers to choose to divert a portion of their Social Security payroll tax-just more than 6 percent on average-into a tax-free personal account. Those who choose this option would own their own account, which would be invested within certain parameters for safety and soundness." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Issue Postion: Social Security. 13 September 2011. "My plan starts by ending the raid on the Social Security Trust Fund. Workers under 55 will have the voluntary option of investing over one-third of their current Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts. Those who decide to invest a portion of their funds into are guaranteed against a poor market outcome." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Newsweek-Red Alert As Obama's National-debt Panel Prepares for Deliberations, One Congressman Proposes How to Get Back in the Black. 19 February 2010. "My plan offers those now under 55 a choice: continue to take part in traditional Social Security or join a retirement system like Congress's own plan. Future seniors will be able to invest more than a third of their payroll taxes in savings accounts they will own. These accounts will be guaranteed and managed by the federal government - not by a private investment firm." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. The Wall Street Journal Editorial “ Outside the (Lock) Box. 19 July 2004. "This week I am introducing new legislation that empowers workers with the freedom to choose a large personal account option for Social Security, with no benefit cuts or tax increases of any sort, now or in the future. Through these large personal accounts, the bill would increase future retirement benefits and cut future taxes for all workers." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. The Right Reform. 15 February 2005. "By giving younger workers the option of putting a significant part of their wages - say, 6% on average - into personal accounts they own and investing in a secure, government-approved retirement fund, we can eliminate long-term Social Security deficits." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. The Promise and Potential of Smart Social Security Reforms. 14 November 2004. "This legislation would give workers the opportunity to invest a good part of their payroll taxes in tax-free personal accounts. These accounts will give those who participate a much better rate of return on their investment than Social Security does, while shielding them from major risk." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. The American Spectator “ The Man With The Plan. 9 April 2010. "Since winning his congressional seat in 1998, Ryan has pushed for tax reform and garnered attention as one of the leaders of the fight for Social Security personal accounts, which he tirelessly campaigned for during President Bush's failed reform effort in 2005." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Outside View: Social Security. 18 March 2005. “The legislative proposal I introduced last year with Sen. John Sununu, R-N.H., would achieve this by allowing younger workers to choose to divert a portion of their Social Security payroll tax-just more than 6 percent on average-into a tax-free personal account. Those who choose this option would own their own account, which would be invested within certain parameters for safety and soundness.” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Social Security Personal Savings Guarantee and Prosperity Act of 2005. 22 April 2005. "My legislation, the Social Security Personal Savings Guarantee and Prosperity Act of 2005, will give all workers access to a more prosperous retirement through the establishment of personal savings accounts within the current Social Security system. This voluntary proposal maintains a strong safety net guaranteeing that workers would receive at least as much as Social Security promises under current law, without changing survivors' or disability benefits." (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. The Right Reform. 15 February 2005. “By giving younger workers the option of putting a significant part of their wages - say, 6% on average - into personal accounts they own and investing in a secure, government-approved retirement fund, we can eliminate long-term Social Security deficits.” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. The Wall Street Journal Editorial – Outside the (Lock) Box. 19 July 2004. “This week I am introducing new legislation that empowers workers with the freedom to choose a large personal account option for Social Security, with no benefit cuts or tax increases of any sort, now or in the future. Through these large personal accounts, the bill would increase future retirement benefits and cut future taxes for all workers.” (votesmart.org)
  • Paul Ryan. Social Security Personal Savings Guarantee and Prosperity Act of 2005. 22 April 2005. “My legislation, the Social Security Personal Savings Guarantee and Prosperity Act of 2005, will give all workers access to a more prosperous retirement through the establishment of personal savings accounts within the current Social Security system. This voluntary proposal maintains a strong safety net guaranteeing that workers would receive at least as much as Social Security promises under current law, without changing survivors' or disability benefits.” (votesmart.org)

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