House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan will deliver the Republican response to the State of the Union address Tuesday, the Speaker’s office announced Friday.
The Wisconsin Republican will deliver his remarks from the House Budget Committee hearing room. GOP leaders are touting Ryan as a leading voice on fiscal discipline and say he will focus his address on the need for cutting government spending and lowering taxes.
“We’re broke, and decisive action is needed to help our economy get back to creating jobs and end the spending binge in Washington that threatens our children’s future. I’m pleased that Paul will be outlining a common-sense vision for moving our country forward,” Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Ryan will be an “excellent spokesperson” because he “has spent the better part of the last two years explaining exactly why the Democrat agenda has been so bad for jobs and the economy, and why we need to ditch the government-driven approach in favor of creative, common-sense solutions that put the American people back in charge.”
Ryan said he hopes President Barack Obama will work with the new House Republican majority in their efforts to cut spending and reform government.
“More than rhetoric, we need results. I look forward to outlining a vision for a future that fulfills the uniquely American legacy of leaving the next generation with a stronger, more prosperous nation,” he said.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.