Ryan Says 'Tax Reform Is Most Important Thing'

By Susan Jones | September 26, 2017 | 10:54 AM EDT

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) says tax reform is more important than passing health care bill. (Screen Capture)

(CNSNews.com) - House Speaker Paul Ryan told a news conference Tuesday that Republican leaders in the House, Senate and White House have "come together” on a “concrete framework for historic tax reform."

The rollout begins tomorrow, when Republican leaders brief their caucus about the plan.

“People need relief, and we know this,” Ryan said. He said the plan will focus on relief for the middle class and for businesses that require lower taxes as an incentive to stay in this country and create higher-paying jobs.

Ryan also admitted to frustration with the Senate, which has been unable to muster 50 Republican votes to pass a health care bill, but he indicated that a tax reform bill is even more important than that:

In the House, we're a little frustrated because the House has done its job. We passed our health care bill last May. We have passed more bills in the House of Representatives in this stage of the Trump presidency than at the same stage of the Obama presidency, the Clinton presidency, both Bush presidencies.

We've been extremely productive. For the first time since 2004, we've passed all of our appropriation bills as a Republican majority. So yes, we're a little frustrated that the Senate has not acted on a seminal promise, health care, which by the way -- Obamacare's collapsing.

But tax reform affects every single American. Tax reform affects our confidence as a country. It affects whether or not middle class taxpayers are struggling and can actually meet their mortgage payment, get their kids in school, save for retirement.

And it really determines whether we have the kind of an economy that gets people into the middle class in the first place.

So tax reform is the most important thing we can do to restore confidence to this country to get jobs and prosperity, and that is why we are so singularly focused on getting this done this year.

The first question asked of Ryan involved the Trump-fueled controversy over NFL players who refuse to stand for the national anthem:

“People are clearly within their rights to express themselves how they see fit,” Ryan said.

“My own view, though, is we shouldn't do it on the anthem. The national anthem, our flag and the people who defend it, that represent it -- that should be celebrated everywhere and always, and that's my opinion,” he said.

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