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I was struck by the tone Heather Heyer’s parents took at her memorial service. Here they are suddenly grieving and saying goodbye to their daughter, taken by an act of domestic terrorism. And instead of turning to anger, they call for healing and forgiveness. They set a powerful example.

When this all happened last Saturday, I was in the mountains with my family. Our annual camping trip is the kind of time away we really cherish these days. Of course, the escape was short-lived, jolted back to reality by what happened in Charlottesville. 

I felt the range of emotions that so many of us did. Anger, bewilderment, sadness. As I said then, the views that fueled this spectacle are repugnant. My hope was that the nation would unite in opposition to this bigotry.

The immediate condemnations from left, right, and center affirmed that there is no confusion about right and wrong here. There are no sides. There is no other argument. We will not tolerate this hateful ideology in our society. 

I still firmly believe this hate exists only on the fringes. But so long as it exists, we need to talk about it. We need to call it what it is. And so long as it is weaponized for fear and terror, we need to confront it and defeat it. 

That is why we all need to make clear there is no moral relativism when it comes to neo-Nazis. We cannot allow the slightest ambiguity on such a fundamental question. 

If America stands for anything, it is the idea that the condition of your birth doesn’t affect the outcome of your life. The notion that anyone is intrinsically superior to anyone else runs completely counter to our founding principles. Those principles make America special. They by no means make us perfect. We may never fully eradicate this scourge. After all, this republic is defined by its often winding pursuit of a more perfect union.  

But it is that chase that sets us apart. It is the notion we are always trying to be better. This goes especially for our leaders. Those of us entrusted with the privilege to serve and represent the American people have an obligation to challenge us to push beyond the passions of the moment. 

So this is not a legislative issue. And it certainly isn’t a political one. Let’s not just reduce this to one of the partisan squabbles of the day. It is so much bigger than all that. 

This is a test of our moral clarity. The words we use and the attitudes we carry matter. Yes, this has been a disheartening setback in our fight to eliminate hate. But it is not the end of the story. We can and must do better. We owe it to Heather Heyer, and to all our children.

I look forward to talking more about this tonight at my CNN town hall in Racine, Wisconsin.

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THIS WEEK: Speaker Ryan to Join CNN Town Hall, Tax Reform Business Tours

WASHINGTON—This week, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) will join a CNN town hall in Wisconsin and participate in business tours in Oregon and Washington to discuss the competitive, pro-growth tax reform plan being developed by Congress and the administration. Details for all three events are below. 

What: Speaker Ryan to Appear at CNN Wisconsin Town Hall
When: ‪Monday, August 21 at 9:30 p.m. ET/8:3‪0 p.m. CT 
Where: Racine Theatre Guild in Racine, Wisconsin
Ways to Watch: The town hall will air on CNN, CNN en Español, CNN International, and will be carried by CNN’s SiriusXM Channel 116 and the Westwood One Radio Network.

What: Speaker Ryan at Intel Corporation (Roundtable, business tour, remarks, and press conference)
When: ‪Wednesday, August 23 at 12:00 p.m. ET/9:‪00 a.m. PT 
Where: Intel Corporation in Hillsboro, Oregon
Media Details: The top of the roundtable and portions of the business tour will be open for B-roll/photos. Afterward, press is invited to cover Speaker Ryan’s remarks and press conference. RSVP deadline is ‪3:00 p.m. ET/12:‪00 p.m. PT on 8/22—details below.
Ways to Watch: 
Speaker Ryan’s remarks and press conference will be streamed on

What: Speaker Ryan at The Boeing Company (Business tour and employee town hall)
When: ‪Thursday, August 24 at 11:00 a.m. ET/8:‪00 a.m. PT
Where: The Boeing Company in Everett, Washington
Media Details: Speaker Ryan’s visit to Boeing’s Everett site and town hall with Boeing employees will be open to the press. RSVP deadline is ‪1:00 p.m. ET/10:‪00 a.m. PT on 8/23—details below.
Ways to Watch: 
Speaker Ryan’s town hall with Boeing employees will be streamed on

Media RSVP: Due to space limitations, RSVPs will be accepted until at capacity. Media interested in covering either event must RSVP to Molly Edwards ( by 3:00 p.m. ET/12:00 p.m. PT on Tuesday, August 22, for the Intel visit, and by 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT on Wednesday, August 23, for the Boeing visit. You must RSVP and receive confirmation to attend.

Please specify which event you intend to cover in your response. Logistical details will be provided after RSVPs are finalized. Media must show valid press credentials to gain entry. 

NOTE: Closed-toed shoes required for both tours. 

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A Competitive Tax Code

Republicans are unified on a path forward on tax reform with three goals in mind: a code that is more simple, affordable, and competitive. But what does it actually mean to make the tax code more competitive, and, more importantly, what will this mean for you, your family, and the American economy?

A Stronger Economy
Today, we have the worst tax code for businesses in the industrialized world. As a result, businesses are fleeing the United States and taking good jobs with them. By slashing the corporate tax rate as low as possible and creating a new, lower tax rate for small businesses, we can stop the drain of American businesses overseas and grow our economy right here at home. Tax reform will also end the crazy system that literally traps trillions of dollars abroad—profits that should be reinvested back into our economy.

Higher Wages
As the nonpartisan Tax Foundation explains, our corporate tax rate is responsible for persistent wage stagnation. A lower tax rate on businesses and a stronger economy means higher wages for hardworking Americans. At the end of the day, that’s what this is all about: more take-home pay for you and your family.

More American Jobs
A lower corporate tax rate will help level the playing field for American businesses and end incentives for companies to ship jobs overseas. That means more good-paying jobs right here at home. As Speaker Ryan recently told employees at New Balance’s factory in Lawrence, Massachusetts:  “What we need to do is we need to throw out those complicated loopholes, those deductions, those special-interest loopholes. And then we are going to create a new, lower tax rate specifically for manufacturers, for small businesses, for companies like this, for businesses across America, so they can actually compete. This will help bring good-paying jobs back from overseas and it’s going to increase our economic competitiveness.”

To learn more, visit or check out the links below:

An Affordable Tax Code (8/16/17)

A Simpler Tax Code (8/15/17)

31 Reasons Why We Need Tax Reform (8/4/17)

“We’re in the business of lowering tax rates,” Speaking Ryan Talks to Maria Bartiromo (7/28/17)

House, Senate, White House Are Unified on Tax Reform (7/27/17)

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