Published: Mon, February 05, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Paul Ryan slammed for tweet about $1.50 pay hike

Paul Ryan slammed for tweet about $1.50 pay hike

All of which is to say that even if Ryan's tweet was only up for a few hours, jokes aside, it could end up haunting Republicans in the November election.

Ryan's Democratic challenger nearly immediately engaged, and other Democrats similarly piled on in an attempt to flip the script after weeks of positive news stories about the effects of the tax cuts.

Ryan presumably saw this as a proud win for the GOP, which is why he tweeted, along with the article: "A secretary at a public high school in Lancaster, PA, said she was pleasantly surprised her pay went up $1.50 a week... she said [that] will more than cover her Costco membership for the year". "He also doesn't want you to know he got Dollars 500.000.00 from the Koch family", she added, referencing a campaign donation Ryan received after the House of Representatives passed their version of the tax reform bill in November, according to data published by ProPublica.

Ryan's spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

"I look forward to GAO's independent review of these tables, which will expose whether the Trump administration is tampering with Americans' paychecks, resulting in a whopping tax bill next year", Wyden said, as quoted by CNN.

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Ketchum, who was on a field trip, said she did notice the extra money.

Republicans passed a major tax overhaul in December, which was considered one of Ryan's primary focuses in Congress. U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, Democrat-Minnesota, linked to Ryan's tweet and wrote "Wells Fargo, fresh off of defrauding millions of Americans, gets $3.4 billion". "That's what they really think".

His political opponents were also quick to criticize the post, with Democratic House minority leader Nancy Pelosi calling the tweet "embarrassing".

The following message was tweeted out from Ryan's account on Saturday morning and then was subsequently deleted after it became clear how poorly it was being received.

It wasn't just politicians - other Twitter users posted pictures of $1.50 and wrote "thank you".

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