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Thursday, June 30, 2016

 2:18 PM 

Ryan Rundown: Speaker says House to vote on blocking gun sales to suspected terrorists

In today's Ryan Rundown: House Speaker Paul Ryan says the House will vote next week on a bill to bar suspected terrorists from purchasing guns, and Ryan plans a town-hall meeting with CNN.


- Ryan: House to vote on barring guns for suspected terrorists

- House to vote on gun legislation

- CNN to host town hall with House Speaker Paul Ryan

- Ryan blasts Democrats over Zika bill


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

 12:44 PM 

Ryan Rundown: Ryan says U.S. should seek post-Brexit trade deal with U.K.

In today's Ryan Rundown: House Speaker Paul Ryan says the U.S. should seek a new trade deal with the U.K. after the country's vote to exit the European Union.


- Paul Ryan calls for new trade deal with U.K. following Brexit vote

- Ryan calls for post-Brexit trade deal with U.K.

- Paul Ryan's Health Plan, a New Alternative to Obamacare, Draws from Independent Institute Book


- Jennifer Bendery: Nancy Pelosi Mocks Paul Ryan's Obamacare Alternative Plan

- Sally Pipes: The GOP's Obamacare replacement: Better than good

- Paula Dwyer: Paul Ryan's tax blueprint sure looks a lot like Donald Trump's


Monday, June 27, 2016

 1:51 PM 

Ryan Rundown: Ryan predicts no long-term economic turmoil from Brexit vote

In today's Ryan Rundown: House Speaker Paul Ryan says the he doesn't expect long-term economic turmoil in the wake of United Kingdom's vote to leave the European Union, and columnist George Will says Ryan's endorsement of Donald Trump led him to quit the GOP.


- Speaker doesn't expect long-term economic peril with Brexit move

- Paul Ryan on 'Brexit': We get it

- George Will says Paul Ryan's endorsement of Trump was the last straw


- Stephen Moore: Come Together: Donald Trump And Paul Ryan Need To Forge A Tax Alliance

- Delphine D'Amora: Don't Worry Super-Rich, Paul Ryan's Tax Plan Still Has Your Back

- Jonathan Chait: Why 'Fix the Debt' Just Can't Quit Paul Ryan

- Bruce Fein: Ousting House Speaker Paul Ryan for Dereliction of Constitutional Duty


Friday, June 24, 2016

 1:39 PM 

Ryan Rundown: Ryan says Brexit vote will not affect U.S.-U.K relationship

In today's Ryan Rundown: House Speaker Paul Ryan says the United Kingdom's vote to leave the European Union will not affect the special "relationship" between it and the United States, and reaction to the House GOP's tax plan.


- Paul Ryan: U.S.-U.K. relationship 'unaffected' by Brexit vote

- Paul Ryan Gives Tepid Response to UK 'Independence Day'

- House Speaker Ryan Proposes Simpler Tax Code


- Donald Lambro: Paul Ryan's leadership move

- Steve Benen: Paul Ryan's 'Better Way' points in a worse direction on taxes

- Jonathan Chait: Paul Ryan's Plan for Everything: Hide the Numbers

- Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry: The imperfect genius of Paul Ryan's entitlement overhaul


 8:32 AM 

Ryan to unveil House GOP tax plan

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Janesville, and his caucus today will lay out a tax blueprint they say is a "simpler, fairer, flatter code." 

A policy paper outlining the plan rails against the "overly complicated and complex code," noting the tax laws now number about 70,000 pages. Some examples of the complexities include the multiple different tax breaks for higher education, the two different children tax benefits and the five paragraphs it takes to define marriage. 

And though the problem is bad for everyday Americans, it's "particularly severe" for small businesses, the paper says. 

The paper also says the tax code encourages businesses to move its headquarters overseas, noting the U.S. corporate tax rate of 35 percent is higher than the rest of the developed world. Unlike most countries, the paper adds, the U.S. also taxes companies headquartered here for overseas profits. 

The paper, then, proposes a "simpler, more pro-growth tax code." 

Among the proposals are: 

*reducing the tax brackets from seven to three, lowering the highest tax bracket from 39.6 percent to 33 percent; 

*establishing a new tax system for the 95 percent of businesses that currently pay the top income tax bracket. Those businesses would instead limit the tax rate for those businesses to 25 percent; 

*letting people deduct more money for their income from savings and investments and simplifying other deductions, including education and homeownership ones; 

*continuing the earned income tax credit yet find way to make it a "more effective and efficient incentive to work"; 

*ensuring businesses can immediately write off investments instead of spreading out the write-offs over several years as the value of those assets depreciate; 

*exempt any dividends from U.S.-based companies' foreign subsidiaries, ensuring their overseas profits aren't taxed 

*cutting the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to a flat rate of 20 percent 

The announcement, which will be live-streamed, will start at 9 a.m. Central time. 

See the policy paper: 

Watch the live stream: 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

 2:58 PM 

Ryan Rundown: Ryan blasts Dem sit-in as 'publicity stunt'

In today's Ryan Rundown: House Speaker Paul Ryan calls a Democratic sit-in over gun control that ended today a "publicity stunt" and "fundraising scheme."


- Paul Ryan trashes House gun control sit-in as "fundraising scheme"

- Paul Ryan Says Democratic 'Stunt' Is Not 'A Proud Moment For Democracy'

- As House Sit-In Ends, Paul Ryan Embraces ACLU's Opposition to Democrats' Watchlist Gun Proposal

- Democrats End Sit-In After 25 Hours, Drawing Attention to Gun Control

- Democrats drown out Paul Ryan with chants of "shame, shame" on House floor


- D.C. Vito: Why C-SPAN should thank Paul Ryan


 12:51 PM 

Wendy Riemann column: Advantageous Advocacy: Five tips for a good meeting on Capitol Hill

On more than one occasion, I have been asked the secret behind a good Capitol Hill meeting. We may think politics is some foreign land with a unique language, but in many instances visiting the office of an elected official for a meeting is no different than a meeting in your own office.

If there is a passion and an interest, do not get bogged down worrying about every political detail, committee meeting, or vote. The important things are remembering the reason for the meeting, researching the message to be heard, and being a articulate messenger.

With that said, here are five tips to keep in mind when preparing for a meeting on the Hill.

-- One, for most Hill meetings, discussing two or three issues is about the max. This changes when a group is doing its annual fly-in when members cover a host of issues. However, the average person coming in to advocate should stick with only a couple of issues per meeting.

-- Two, the more district-specific information provided, the better. At the end of the day, an official is held accountable by the people of his district who vote, so relevant information is always helpful.

-- Three, when referring to a specific bill, know the bill name AND the bill number. Thousands of bills, some of which are very similar, are introduced in Congress each year. Do not make busy staff spend time researching all the bills and be left trying to guess which one is preferred.

-- Four, know who supports and opposes the issue, and why. This will help build the case. A little research ahead of time will go a long way in strengthening the argument.

-- And five, use reasonable deadlines to get a quicker response. If there is no deadline attached to something, it will likely continually end up at the bottom of the pile as more pressing matters are handled. It is important to be realistic here – a bill may not get a House vote within one month, however, asking an office to confirm whether it's interested in signing a letter within two weeks, is fair.

The next several columns will further discuss and expand on some of these topics and add more items to the list to help ensure a better Hill meeting.

-- Riemann is president of 1492 Communications, a consulting firm. She can be reached at: wendy@1492communications.com.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

 1:32 PM 

Ryan Rundown: Mixed reaction to House GOP's health care plan

In today's Ryan Rundown: The House GOP's health care plan draws mixed reactions, and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg is to meet this week with House Speaker Paul Ryan and other GOP leaders.


- Ryan unveils Republican alternative to Obamacare

- Paul Ryan unveiled an Obamacare alternative that keeps some of the existing provisions intact

- Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg to meet with Paul Ryan and other top Republicans this week


- Paul Waldman: Paul Ryan unveils plan to set fire to the American health-care system

- Scott Gottlieb: Paul Ryan's Healthcare Plan Challenges A Key Tenet Of Obamacare

- Tierney Sneed: 5 Points On Paul Ryan's So-Called Obamacare Alternative

- John C. Goodman: Paul Ryan's Universal Health Tax Credit

- Billy House: Ryan Carves Conservative Path as Trump Agenda Stays Elusive


 8:33 AM 

House GOP health care plan includes tax credits, allows purchase of insurance across state lines

House Speaker Paul Ryan today will roll out his caucus' plans on health care in an event at the American Enterprise Institute.

It's a mix of past House GOP proposals that'll now be unified into "a single plan," which lists some of the 400 bills the caucus has proposed. And it begins with the premise that "Obamacare simply does not work" and needs to be repealed.

The policy paper, for example, notes the law has led to more cost-sharing for consumers, narrower networks and employers shifting workers to part-time to avoid mandates.

"This law cannot be fixed," the policy paper says. "Its knot of regulations, taxes, and mandates cannot be untangled. We need a clean start in order to pursue the patient-centered reforms the American people deserve."

The House GOP plan is not heavy with specifics, as Ryan, R-Janesville, wants House committees to work out the details next year, a senior GOP leadership aide said on a background call with reporters. That's the "exact opposite way in which Obamacare was put into play," the aide said.

But it does include several ideas the caucus claims will strengthen entitlement programs, spur innovation in health care and lead to lower costs and more choices for consumers.

Among those ideas are:

*giving people a refundable tax credit to buy health insurance that people could use for health care plans;

*ensure people can't be denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions or that their rates don't go up when they're sick. Those provisions, though, would only apply for those who remain enrolled in a health insurance plan;

*allowing consumers to get health plans from insurers licensed in other states;

*helping small businesses who want to pool together to offer health insurance, as their size often impedes them from offering health insurance to workers. It also would bring that pooling idea to the individual market by setting up individual health pools;

*encouraging employee wellness programs that incentivize fitness, nutrition and other health behaviors. The policy plan notes the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has opposed such programs on the "false belief that employees are forced to participate";

*encourage employers to self-insure their employees and purchase stop-loss insurance that limits the risk of such arrangements;

*and establish a $25 billion innovation grant program for states so they can figure out ways to lower costs and give $25 billion to increase the use of high-risk pools;

The announcement, part of the House GOP's "A Better Way" agenda rollout, will be live-streamed at 1 p.m. Central time.

Watch the live stream:

Read the policy paper:

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

 1:43 PM 

Ryan Rundown: Apple's Tim Cook to hold fundraiser for Ryan

In today's Ryan Rundown: Apple's Tim Cook plans to hold a fundraiser for House Speaker Paul Ryan, and the Janesville Republican discusses fatherhood with the Huffington Post.


- Apple's Cook to host Paul Ryan fundraiser amid Trump woes

- Cook Says 'No' To Donald Trump But 'Yes' To Ryan

- Tim Cook to host fundraiser for Paul Ryan

- Ryan On Fatherhood And The Speakership


- Brian Beutler: Why Paul Ryan Can't Quit Donald Trump

- Michael Gaynor: Trump smartly advised Paul Ryan to be quiet, and Ryan owes Trump an apology.


Monday, June 20, 2016

 1:28 PM 

Ryan Rundown: Ryan calls for release of full text of 911 calls with Orlando shooter

Ryan Rundown: House Speaker Paul Ryan knocks the Obama administration for releasing redacted transcripts of 911 calls with the Orlando shooter, and Ryan says fellow Republicans should follow their conscience on whether to support Donald Trump.


- Ryan blasts partial release of Orlando shooting transcript

- Paul Ryan: 'Preposterous' to censor Orlando shooter's 911 calls

- Paul Ryan slams Obama for redacting 'radical Islam' from Orlando shooter transcripts

- Paul Ryan: 'It's not my job to tell delegates what to do'

- Speaker Ryan: Voters Picked Trump, 'That's Not Something I Can Control'

- House Speaker Offers Republicans an Out for 'Very Strange Situation' of Donald Trump

- First Read: Ryan Instructs Republicans to Follow Their 'Conscience' on Trump


- Dan Roberts: Dump Trump? Paul Ryan leaves door open to Republican convention revolt

- Holly Robichaud: Paul Ryan, do the GOP a favor and shut up

- Michelle Cottle: Paul Ryan Has a Plan, But No One Is Listening

- Bruce Fein: House Speaker Paul Ryan should resign for surrendering congressional power


 9:32 AM 

Politicos predict nasty election cycle will continue

A pair of Politicos weighed in Thursday on a most extraordinary election season in D.C.

Jim VandeHei, Politico co-founder and a UW-Oshkosh grad who's forming a new media company, joined Politico star Mike Allen in assessing the presidential race, House Speaker Paul Ryan and congressional races Thursday night at a WisPolitics.com reception on Capitol Hill.

The assessment ain't pretty.

In a word, "gross," said VandeHei, predicting a nasty presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

VandeHei said Clinton's low popularity ratings are exceeded only by Trump, who's alienated women and key minority groups.

"The problem is: There aren't enough of those (white male) voters," said VandeHei, while acknowledging "(Trump) basically hijacked a political party. ... That's insane."

But he said while it's unlikely, Trump still has a chance because of his opponent.

"He's going to go after every scab in that (Clinton) family," VandeHei said.

Clinton's email problems really damaged her because it reminded casual voters of "shady Clinton deals" throughout 30 years of public life, VandeHei said.

"The Democratic Party is just as divided as the Republican Party," he said, adding he thinks Clinton's unfavorables may have peaked because of Trump's bombast following the Orlando massacre.

Allen said the Clinton campaign is feeling good these days, but it lacks the emotional connection with voters that Bill Clinton and Barack Obama had.

"Obama voters ... are not necessarily Democratic voters," he said.

Allen admitted national media were slow to catch on to Trump, recalling that last June, when Trump announced, only one major media operation put him on the front page.

"Nobody got it,'' he said, noting that changed after all the political reporters came back home from Thanksgiving dinner and found all kinds of family members who were for Trump.

How would each administration come out of the gates? VandeHei takes Trump at his word that he'd try to build a wall at the Mexican border and try to renegotiate trade deals. But "with Trump, who knows?"

Clinton, though, would likely make change on an incremental basis.

"I don't think there would be any surprises," he said.

VandeHei and Allen also commented on the difficult positions of Ryan and U.S. Sen Ron Johnson, who is running for re-election to a second term against Russ Feingold.

VandeHei mocked the position of many Republican candidates who say "I support him but I don't endorse him." Added VandeHei, "I'd hate to be Ron Johnson now ... it's a tough place to be.'' That's in part why the Senate is "very much in play,'' especially if Trump tanks.

As to Ryan, VandeHei and Allen gave mixed reviews.

Allen said Ryan and establishment Republicans are "trying to have it both ways,'' keeping their distance but supporting Trump for the good of the party.

Ryan has managed an "ungovernable" GOP caucus better than John Boehner, VandeHei said, "but I think he'll regret that endorsement" of Trump.

Listen to the audio from the event

The next WisPolitics.com D.C. event is scheduled for Sept. 7. The breakfast at the Monocle, on the Senate side, is being organized in conjunction with MMAC's annual "Milwaukee Night in DC" that day. The WisPolitics.com breakfast will feature pollsters Gene Ulm and Paul Maslin.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

 1:11 PM 

Ryan Rundown: Ryan laughs at Trump's call for GOP leaders criticizing him to 'be quiet'

In today's Ryan Rundown: House Speaker Paul Ryan outlines the House GOP's plan to constrain presidential power, and Ryan chuckles at Donald Trump's call for GOP leaders criticizing him to 'be quiet.'


- House Republicans lay out proposals to rein in presidential power

- Ryan Targets 'Executive Overreach' in Shadow of Trump's Bid

- House GOP: Congress must reclaim its powers

- 'You can't make this stuff up': Paul Ryan reacts to Trump's demand GOP leaders 'be quiet'

-'You can't make this up sometimes': Ryan tells Trump he won't be quiet

- Ryan: No plans to rescind Donald Trump endorsement


- Scott Wong: Trump muddies GOP message on protecting the Constitution

- Lanny Davis: Where's Paul Ryan's 'Declaration Of Conscience' On Trump?


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

 1:28 PM 

Ryan Rundown: House GOP regulatory plan would reverse major Obama administration reforms

In today's Ryan Rundown: House Speaker Paul Ryan releases the regulatory reform plank in the House GOP's "A Better Way" agenda. The regulatory plan would undo major environmental and financial reforms championed by the Obama administration.


- Ryan releases plan to roll back Obama regulations

- Ryan Proposes House Republican Plan to Ease U.S. Regulations

- Paul Ryan: Congress, Not Bureaucrats Should Be In Charge Of Regulations


- Heritage Foundation research fellows: A Comprehensive Look at Paul Ryan's Regulatory Reform Agenda

- Sam Brodey: Can Paul Ryan save Erik Paulsen from Donald Trump?

- David M. Herszenhorn: The Debatable Premise Underlying Paul Ryan's Antipoverty Plan


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

 12:53 PM 

Ryan Rundown: Dems protest after Ryan holds moment of silence for Orlando shooting victims

In today's Ryan Rundown: Democrats protest after House Speaker Paul Ryan's moment of silence for Orlando shooting victims, and Ryan again rejects Donald Trump's call for a temporary ban on Muslim immigration.


- Democrats shout down Paul Ryan after Orlando shooting moment of silence

- House Democrats Protest Moment of Silence for Orlando Victims to Demand Gun-Control Legislation

- Democrats heckle Ryan on House floor day after Orlando nightclub massacre

- Ryan Dismisses Donald Trump's Response to Orlando Shooting

- Paul Ryan: Trump's Muslim Ban Not Reflective Of GOP And U.S. Principles

- Paul Ryan stands by his opposition to Trump's proposed Muslim ban


- Amber Phillips: Paul Ryan endorsed Donald Trump 12 days ago. He hasn't agreed with him since.

- Sophia Tesfaye: Another moment of silence -- when will we act?: Democrats turn their backs on Paul Ryan's empty gesture for Orlando


Monday, June 13, 2016

 1:23 PM 

Ryan Rundown: 'We are a nation at war with Islamist terrorists,' Ryan says after Orlando shooting

In today's Ryan Rundown: House Speaker Paul Ryan says the nation is "at war with Islamist terrorists" in the wake of the mass shooting at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, and Ryan says he has an "obligation" to speak out when he doesn't agree with Donald Trump's proposals.


- Ryan on Orlando shooting: 'We are a nation at war with Islamist terrorists'

- Paul Ryan blames massacre on 'Islamist terrorists'

- Paul Ryan talks "obligation" to call out Donald Trump

- Ryan on Trump's judge [Curiel] comments: "He has to fix this."

- Ryan Says Doesn't Support Trump's Deportation Pledge

- Ryan grilled at Romney summit, where a CEO compares Trump to Hitler


- Juan Williams: The capitulation of Paul Ryan

- Dana Milbank: How Paul Ryan may try to navigate Donald Trump's GOP

- Jonathan Capeheart: Why folks are losing their minds over Paul Ryan's stance on Donald Trump

- Stan Collender: Paul Ryan Is Proving John Boehner Was Right


Friday, June 10, 2016

 12:31 PM 

Ryan Rundown: House GOP's national security plan diverges from Trump's

In today's Ryan Rundown: A look at the House GOP's national security plan, and more on House Speaker Paul Ryan's reaction to presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump's controversial remarks about a federal judge.


- Ryan unveils national security plan, a gentle rebuke of Trump's

- Paul Ryan lays out GOP's national security agenda, softening Trump's edges

- Paul Ryan releases national security plan

- Ryan spoke privately to Trump about controversial judge remarks

- Paul Ryan Calls Trump's Judge Comments 'Beyond the Pale'

- Ryan under GOP fire for Trump remarks


- Eric Pianin: 7 Ways Paul Ryan's National Security Plan Challenges Donald Trump

- Brian Katulis: House GOP National Security Plan Is At Odds With Party's Own Record


Thursday, June 9, 2016

 10:31 AM 

Wendy Riemann column: Advantageous Advocacy: Developing deeper, more meaningful relationships

The word “networking” has always bothered me. Living in Washington, D.C., networking often seems more like sport. It is aggressive, full-contact, and people want the W. At many receptions, I have often thought it should be called “net-gaming,” because so many people treat it like an athletic competition.

It is a running joke in the DC area that the first question people ask someone new is “What do you do?” so they can decide if it is even worth learning their name, or move on to the next person they are already noticing over the first person’s shoulder.

Far too many individuals are focused on the instant reward, how fast they can work a room, and the number of business cards they can acquire at an event. Yes, there is something to life being a numbers game, especially in a big city where even knowing someone slightly can help place a resume in front of the right person. However, what is often overlooked in the networking game is actually developing some of that network into a genuine relationship – yes, a real friend – someone who is trustworthy, genuine, and giving.

A good egg is a good egg, regardless of his title or job. In the age of virtual relationships, that real relationship can mean far more, both personally and professionally.

Think more Vanguard, less Pay Day Loan. A person wants to invest in another person, wants for that investment to grow, and would even take it paying back dividends at some point. Note the order of that: giving, growing, possible return.

In my opinion, it is often the relationships with depth and substance that will go further in the long run,. A network connection can get a resume into the right hands. A person with a deeper relationship can get the resume into the right hands AND put in a solid reference.

Some Capitol Hill staffers like it when groups come in to talk without always wanting something during their visit. However, several more staff advise people not to overdo the meet-and-greets; they simply don't have the time to chat. The pace of their jobs requires them to be more in the network mode of gathering business cards. So amidst the hustle and bustle, how can that relationship develop?

This goes back to giving without expectation of a return. Advocacy is not a done-in-a-day project. It often is void of instant gratification. Relationships stem from all sorts of different situations. They take time to grow and the necessary methods can, and should, vary widely.

Do a Hill meeting and/or meet-and- greet. Next, instead of popping in every month to say “hi” and gain face time (several staff suggested no more than 2-4 meetings a year if there was nothing pressing), add some value to the staff member’s day. For instance, follow-up after a meeting with an email or short phone call referencing something from the earlier conversation. Send a relevant article or useful study to that staff person with a short note on why it is valuable to them. Visit the official at a town hall meeting. Be the reliable resource that they need.

However, do not just say, “I’m here to be a resource for you.” If I had a quarter for every time I heard that from a group, I would be retired. Staff do not have time to call around and guess which “resource” might have what they need (often because they are worried they will be pulled down a rabbit hole on something else while other items are urgent). Take it a step further by quickly and specifically stating resources you have and ways it is applicable to them. For instance, “I hear that trucking legislation is headed for committee or the floor in short order – we have a one-pager on the positive impacts of that bill to our community if it is helpful.” Or, “I know this is not the issue we just discussed, but I noticed that legislation X is moving. We did a study of our members – all whom live in your district – which found it could really negatively impact employment. If that would interest you, I could send it.” Needs are now going both ways and a relationship is born!

Anyone who has flown knows that a person is supposed to secure his oxygen mask before assisting others. But in the world of advocacy, it is often better to assist the other person first.

-- Riemann is president of 1492 Communications, a consulting firm. She can be reached at: wendy@1492communications.com.

 9:42 AM 

Ryan releases House GOP's national security plan

The national security plank of the House GOP's "A Better Way" policy agenda calls for bolstered homeland security, the defeat of Islamic terrorism, increased assertion of American political, military and economic influence, and reforms affecting diplomacy, the military and law enforcement.

House Speaker Paul Ryan and other House GOP leaders are to present the plan this morning at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C. The anti-poverty plank was released Tuesday, and the remaining four planks -- on regulations, the Constitution, healthcare, and taxes -- are to be released in the following weeks.

Homeland security measures in the plan call for addressing security gaps in the nation's immigration and transportation systems, increasing border security and immigration enforcement, combating the radicalization and recruitment of Americans, preparing to respond to and recover from attacks, and bolstering cyber-security.

The plan calls for combating terrorist groups "using all elements of national power" and for "adopting a wartime approach and keeping all options on the table." It also seeks to build a more active U.S.-led coalition against terrorist groups, a global strategy to defeat terrorism, and political solutions to prevent groups from reemerging. Additionally, the plan calls for winning the "battle of ideas" by countering propaganda, modernizing outreach efforts, and "promoting liberty and human dignity as the great alternative to repression and terror."

The foreign policy portion of the plan calls for supporting American allies, strengthening ties with emerging powers such as India, stopping the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and countering aggression by countries such as Russia, China, North Korea and Iran. The plan also emphasizes trade, foreign aid tied to measurable outcomes, and the promotion of democracy and human rights.

The plan also calls for a series reforms to improve the nation's diplomatic agencies, the military, veterans' benefits, and intelligence-gathering and information-sharing capabilities.

See a summary of the plan:

Read the full plan:

See more on the "A Better Way" agenda:

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

 12:16 PM 

Ryan Rundown: Mixed reviews for Ryan's anti-poverty plan

In today's Ryan Rundown: House Speaker Paul Ryan meets with a Mexican official after slamming Donald Trump's remarks about a federal judge as racist, and the anti-poverty plan from Ryan and the House GOP gets mixed reviews.


- Ryan meets Mexican official after rebuking Trump's 'racist' remarks

- Paul Ryan Calls Donald Trump's Attack on Judge 'Racist,' but Still Backs Him


- Paul Ryan: Republicans offer 'A Better Way' to fight poverty

- Ron Haskins: Paul Ryan and the GOP start a serious poverty conversation

- Jennifer Rubin: What's interesting in Ryan's anti-poverty plan

- Robert Rector, Rachel Sheffield: Why Paul Ryan's plan misses the mark

- John Nichols: 'Textbook' racism is not a deal breaker for Paul Ryan

- Leonard Pitts: Paul Ryan's deal with the devil


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

 11:55 AM 

Ryan Rundown: Ryan unveils anti-poverty plan, slams Trump for 'racist' comments about federal judge

In today's Ryan Rundown: House Speaker Paul Ryan unveils the House GOP's plan to fight poverty, and Ryan calls Donald Trump's comment about the federal judge in the Trump University case a "textbook definition of a racist comment."


- Paul Ryan starts unveiling plan for 'better GOP'

- With Anti-Poverty Plan, Ryan And House GOP Launch 2016 Campaign Agenda

- Paul Ryan emphasizes work, flexibility in anti-poverty plan

- Paul Ryan rips Donald Trump remarks as 'textbook definition of a racist comment'

- Paul Ryan Calls Donald Trump's Attack on Judge 'Racist,' but Backs Him Still


- Tianna Gaines-Turner: An Open Letter to Paul Ryan From a Mother Living in Poverty

- George Will: The 'big price' Paul Ryan has paid for supporting Donald Trump

- Dr. Sreedhar Potarazu: What Trump needs to understand about Ryan's endorsement

- John Nichols: Paul Ryan takes a page from the Nixon playbook


 12:48 AM 

Ryan unveils plan to combat poverty

House Speaker Paul Ryan today is rolling out a plan to combat poverty, the first in a series of planks in the House GOP’s “A Better Way” policy agenda that will be announced over the coming weeks.

Ryan, R-Janesville, is to unveil the plan at a drug and alcohol rehab facility in Washington, D.C.

The first two planks of the agenda will be released this week, including today’s plan on poverty and a national security plan on Thursday. The remaining four planks -- on regulations, the Constitution, healthcare, and taxes -- will be released in the following weeks. 

The anti-poverty plan aims to incentivize work, customize benefits based on needs, improve education and skills training, help people plan financially and save for retirement, and hold programs accountable for meeting goals. 

Work-related provisions in the plan include putting pressure on states to connect welfare recipients with jobs, requiring work or work preparation for food stamps and housing benefits, and providing states flexibility to help those receiving unemployment insurance find a job more quickly. The plan would also make changes to the Supplemental Security Income program to provide access for children to special education and physical or mental therapy in lieu of cash benefits to prepare them for work. 

The plan calls for customizing the way benefits are packaged to ensure people are not penalized for getting married or earning more through work, and seeks to streamline and consolidate programs to improve service and access.

Education and skills related items in the plan involve making improvements to early childhood care and education, creating customizable benefits to help at-risk youth, improving child nutrition programs, and making changes to job training programs and financial aid for college.

To help people plan and save for retirement, the plan would increase access to 401(k)s for small businesses, change Dodd-Frank regulations to allow people in poverty greater access to banking services and increase access to affordable retirement advice. 

To ensure programs are working, the plan calls for common measures across programs and improvements in data collection. The plan would also adopt a “pay-for-outcomes model” for programs to encourage competition and to discontinue ineffective programs. The government would also partner with private-sector agencies to provide them funding, but only once goals are achieved.

See the plan overview.

Monday, June 6, 2016

 1:50 PM 

Ryan Rundown: House has short window to pass appropriations bills, Puerto Rico debt crisis fix

In today's Ryan Rundown: The House has a short window this summer to pass appropriations bills and legislation to address Puerto Rico's debt crisis, and House Speaker Paul Ryan speaks out against Donald Trump's comments about the ethnicity of the judge in the Trump University case.


- Ryan faces crucial pre-convention sprint

- Ryan, Clinton slam Trump over racial criticism of judge

- Paul Ryan hopes Trump endorsement a turning point in race


- Greg Sargent: Paul Ryan is set to roll out a conservative economic agenda. Here's a progressive response to it.

- Max Ehrenfreund: 5 ways Hillary Clinton and Paul Ryan could make a deal

- EJ Dionne: Hillary Clinton scores, while Paul Ryan punts


Friday, June 3, 2016

 11:00 AM 

Ryan Rundown: Pundits from left, right examine Ryan's Trump endorsement

In today's Ryan Rundown: Pundits from the left and right react to House Speaker Paul Ryan's endorsement of presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump.


- Paul Ryan aide: Trump endorsement wasn't planned to coincide with Clinton speech

- Ryan's Endorsement of Donald Trump Comes With Caveats

- Ryan Endorses Donald Trump

- Paul Ryan endorses Donald Trump

- Ryan meets with local Muslims, religious activists


- Paul Ryan: Donald Trump can help make reality of bold House policy agenda

- Charlie Sykes: Paul Ryan and Trump: Why he did it

- Christian Schneider: Paul Ryan falls for Donald Trump's con job

- W. James Antle III: Why Paul Ryan endorsed Donald Trump

- Michael A. Cohen: Why is Paul Ryan endorsing Donald Trump?

- Jim Newell: Ryan rationalizes himself into a Trump endorsement

- Alex Shepherd: Ryan had nowhere to go but Trump


Thursday, June 2, 2016

 1:07 PM 

Ryan Rundown: Ryan talks family life with 'People,' insists on no Trump questions

In today's Ryan Rundown: House Speaker Paul Ryan discusses his family life in an interview with "People," but insists he not be asked any questions about presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump.


- Ryan Reveals the 'Hardest Question' He Gets (and It's Not About Donald Trump)

- Paul Ryan reveals his 'overbearing' parenting side

- People Mag Says Paul Ryan Insisted He Not Be Asked About Trump

- Ryan's People interview condition: No Trump questions


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

 11:01 AM 

Ryan Rundown: Trump pledges to donors he won't seek to oust Ryan as speaker

In today's Ryan Rundown: Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump tells donors he won't seek to push U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan out as House speaker, and columnist Gary Legum wonders how long Ryan will hold out on endorsing Trump.


- Trump reassures donors he won't try to oust Ryan or McConnell

- Trump to donors: I won't oust McConnell, Ryan


- Gary Legum: Paul Ryan plays the waiting game: How long will he dance around his inevitable Trump endorsement?

- Michael Wilner: In Ryan call for genuine 'unity' with Trump, a ways to go on Israel


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