House Speaker Paul Ryan pushes tax reform at event in New Albany

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COLUMBUS, OH (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan toured a manufacturing and packaging plant Wednesday in New Albany ahead of a business round table discussion on tax reform.

Central to the discussion is the fact that American companies face a corporate tax rate that’s well above the global average. “How can we compete with the likes of all the rest of the world when we tax our job creators, our employers at a much higher tax rate than our competitors tax theirs,” Ryan said.

Ryan argues that fixing the tax code will create good jobs and boost American manufacturing.

“Right now our tax system encourages businesses to manufacture overseas, it encourages businesses to have their supply chains overseas, it encourages our businesses to leave and become foreign companies,” Ryan said. “That’s a real problem we have top deal with.”

Outside the event, Ohio Democrats organized a protest of Ryan’s recent health care effort. About 150 protesters also called for Ryan to support an independent investigation into Russian meddling in the election.

Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper said the White House claim that Comey was fired for his handling of their Clinton email investigation is laughable.

“This is a very troubling act and we’ve seen some Republicans come out and say they’re troubled by it,” Pepper said. “The words only go so far if there isn’t a call for an independent investigation so we are hoping we see that next.”

Republican Rep. Steve Stivers said he is withholding judgment.

“I do think there are questions that need to be answered but I don’t want to rush to judgment until we have the facts. I think it’s important to get the facts.”

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