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Outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan Fails to Mention Infrastructure Policy in Farewell Address

Outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan Fails to Mention Infrastructure Policy in Farewell Address

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December 19, 2018 5:30 PM, EST
Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter

In a farewell address Dec. 19 to the nation that highlighted ongoing concerns over immigration and celebrated the passage of legislation about tax and energy policies, the outgoing Republican leader of the House of Representatives did not mention transportation-centric bills that had advanced during his tenure.

Retiring Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) touted his party’s legislative record in front of colleagues and supporters at the Library of Congress. Absent from those legislative accomplishments, however, were any mentions about the passage of a multiyear surface transportation measure in 2015, a recent aviation policy reauthorization, water infrastructure and pipeline safety bills and the appropriation of grants for big-ticket infrastructure projects.

Ryan instead noted the passage of bills aimed at streamlining the regulatory process, expanding military weaponry, tackling an opioid addiction epidemic, supporting anti-human trafficking efforts, broadening access to energy sources and facilitating veterans’ access to medical care... FULL ARTICLE

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