Ryan on Parkland Mass Shooting: ‘Our Tax Cuts Are Working’

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) responded to the latest mass shooting in the United States with a message that the Republican tax cuts are working and Congress is ready to tackle the country’s crumbling infrastructure with public-private partnerships that envision more toll roads.

“Employers are hiring and giving their employees bonuses because our tax cuts are stimulating the economy,” Ryan said at a hastily called press conference to respond to the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. At least 17 students and faculty were killed when a former student opened fire with an automatic weapon. It was the fourth school shooting since the first of the year and the 18th mass shooting over that same time period.

‘Tax cuts are working’

“What we’re seeing is a new incentive to invest in the economy and build our competitiveness for the next century,” Ryan said.

Ryan said he had heard of one worker who was given a raise of $1.50 a week after the tax cut bill passed. “That’s real money in the pockets of America’s workers,” he said.

The alleged Parkland shooter, Nikolas Cruz, 19, has been described by fellow students as “creepy” and obsessed with guns. Among the weapons he used in the school shooting, the most violent since Columbine, is an AR-15, a military-styled semi-automatic weapon.

Ryan said the infrastructure plan that Congress is looking at is intended to leverage $200 billion in federal investment with about $1.3 trillion in private funds to help rebuild outdated and obsolete bridges, roads, and other public projects. One result of the partnership will be an increase in tolls and user fees. “Fixing the infrastructure that’s vital to our economic success is expensive,” Ryan said. “It’s going to cost people more to use our roads and bridges. The days when it didn’t cost you anything to cross a bridge are over. We have to be realistic. Especially with our deficit. We just don’t have the money we used to. The coffers are running low.”

A memorial service for the victims of the Parkland shooting is being organized for later this week. Information is available from the Parkland Community Association.

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