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.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.