Ryan talks small business, health care reform in Mukwonago
House Speaker visits Banker Wire

By Ashley Haynes - Freeman Staff

August 3, 2017

 U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan addresses employees at Banker Wire in
Mukwonago on Wednesday.
Kenny Yoo/Special to The Freeman


MUKWONAGO — It’s no secret that Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Paul Ryan is an advocate for tax reform, especially when it comes to the percentage of taxes on small, family-owned businesses. On Wednesday, the Janesville Republican continued his trend of visiting businesses across southeastern Wisconsin to discuss that and other issues.

He toured Banker Wire, a manufacturer of woven wire and mesh, and later had a Q& A session with the company’s workers. The upcoming Wisconsin Foxconn plant and how it will change the outlook of the rustic belt was one of the first issues brought up.

“You’ve got to stay ahead of the curve and Foxconn is at the cutting edge,” said Ryan. “This investment is bringing a generation’s worth of development.”

Ryan says that Foxconn founder and chairman Terry Gou chose Wisconsin because he was impressed by the state’s education system and the focus on mechanics and engineering.

 U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan tours the industrial building of Banker Wire in Mukwonago with company president Dave Stout on Wednesday.
Kenny Yoo/Special to The Freeman

With discussion of new and emerging technologies, the topic of net neutrality arose. Ryan said net neutrality goes back to the issue of who should be drafting bills for the American people— elected public officials or unelected bureaucrats who have no limit on the amount of time they are in power. He believes organizations like the Federal Communications Commission shouldn’t be enforcing legislation.

On a national level, Ryan was also asked about the issues going in the Senate regarding the replacement of Obamacare. One Banker Wire employee said even though there is Republican alignment in the White House, Senate, and House for the first time in years, there are still problems getting legislation passed.

“The House has passed along almost all of the legislation that we had planned to,” said Ryan. “Now we’re just waiting on the Senate to get it done. I know how frustrating it is, especially when one senator voted a different way than he said he was going to.”

Ryan maintained there has been progress, but there are too many other distractions going on that don’t allow the people to see when real work in Congress is being done. He pointed to the week when former FBI Director James Comey made his testimony on Capitol Hill.

“We passed some legislation that day that no one even heard about,” said Ryan.

He emphasized that the House is doing everything it can to get some movement on the replacement of Obamacare and trying to get the Senate to gain traction as well.

“We’re trying to get this to the Senate and get this done,” said Ryan. “It will lower premiums and make it more affordable.”

He also pointed out that a major point in the new proposed health care bill for him is to make sure citizens are able to find out medical costs up front and shop around. He says our current system just doesn’t work.

“I want to go to Travelocity for health care —let’s do that,” said Ryan.

He ended his Q& A session by briefly stating that House members will continue to work on drafting some more bills that have been on their to-do list. He said he will continue to work as hard as he can to get as many pieces of legislation possible finished and deliver on the promises Republican lawmakers have been making for years, including the repeal and replacement of Obamacare.

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