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Paul Ryan: 'Never Going to Give Up on Entitlement Reform'

(Fox Business' "Mornings With Maria")

By    |   Tuesday, 13 February 2018 01:17 PM

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said Tuesday he remains a "deficit hawk," focused on entitlement reforms, despite his support for tax cuts and increases to spending.

"Over the long-term horizon, we've got to get this debt under control and the only way to do that is entitlement reform . . . that's why we're never going to give up on entitlement reform," Ryan said Tuesday on Fox Business' "Mornings With Maria."

Rising costs of healthcare are the reason for the rising debt, the House speaker said.

"Social Security is part of a solvency problem . . . but nothing like we do on the healthcare entitlements. That's why we can never give up on healthcare reform, because that is the key driver of our debt in the future.

"If you reform healthcare, then you take care of the structural drivers of our debt, like Medicare and Medicaid," Ryan said. 

The spending deal was necessary to get Democrats to sign off on military spending, Ryan said.

"When you are getting a bipartisan compromise, sometimes there is spending you have to accept to get what you need in order to do that, and our priority was getting the military the budget they needed," he said.

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Despite supporting tax cuts and increases to spending, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., remains a "deficit hawk," focused on entitlement reforms, he told Fox Business on Tuesday.
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