Speaker Ryan Outlines the 2016 House Agenda Issues

John Boehner

BALTIMORE — House Republicans today concluded their annual issues conference by announcing that they have begun work on a bold, pro-growth agenda to be presented to the country in the coming months. This agenda will be developed through committee-led task forces, and it will focus on five issue areas.

This is nothing short of a generational defining moment,” House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said. “We do not like the direction the country is going, and we have an obligation to offer an alternative. Starting today, we will begin developing a bold, pro-growth agenda to take to the country. By giving the people a clear choice in 2016, we can earn a mandate to do big things in 2017 and beyond. We want a confident America. Now it’s time to get to work.”

Speaker Ryan laid out his commitment to put forward an agenda last month in a speech at the Library of Congress.  The agenda will focus on five top issues of concern to the American people:

National Security
Americans are anxious about their security, and the government’s ability to keep us safe. We will advance ideas to secure our homeland, build a 21st-century military, and make sure we’re equipped to defeat ISIS and the threat posed by radical Islamic terror.

Jobs and Economic Growth
Our economy is still far from its potential, wages are still stagnant, and growth is still sluggish. We will advance ideas to fix our tax code, rein in the regulatory state, and maximize our energy potential.

Health Care
Obamacare has driven up premiums, limited choices, and hurt the doctor-patient relationship. We will advance ideas to lower costs, increase competition, and build a truly patient-centered health care system.

Poverty and Opportunity
There are 46 million Americans still trapped in poverty. We will advance ideas to bring people back into the workforce, and restore the upward mobility that is at the heart of the American Idea.

Constitutional Authority
President Obama’s executive overreach has undermined the Constitution and damaged the people’s trust in government. We will advance ideas to restore the separation of powers and protect our constitutional liberties.

This agenda will be developed through task forces led by committee chairs, and it will be released in the coming months.

“We are going to do this through a bottom-up approach,” Speaker Ryan said. “These committee-led task forces will drive the process. Every member—and their constituents—will have the opportunity to provide their input. I expect we will have a complete agenda by the time our party has a nominee.”

For updates, visit speaker.gov/confidentamerica.

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