Summary: At his annual "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day" press conference, Speaker Ryan welcomed junior members of the press corps. He also spoke about the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) package the House will begin considering today and about the positive impact tax reform continues to have on the American economy.

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

“Welcome to all our junior members of the press.

“I always look forward to this. And I just want to say, it’s great that you get to come here and see what your parents do every day.

“I want all of you to know something. I want you to know that what your parents do is really important. It’s very important for our country.

"Your parents are here upholding and protecting the First Amendment of our country. That’s a really big deal. And you should be really proud of your parents for what they do.

“And we don’t always say it, but we’re very grateful for what they do.”

Supporting Aviation Infrastructure

“First, on to some business here.

“I want to highlight an important piece of legislation that the House is working on today. It is H.R. 4, the FAA Reauthorization Act.

“For families, this will make air traffic and air travel safer and easier.

“For workers, it is going to make the airline industry more competitive, which means more jobs.

“For communities, we are improving disaster relief so that they are better prepared for hurricanes and wildfires.

“And this is a very significant infrastructure bill. This is one of our big infrastructure bills that we planned to bring through here as part of our rebuilding of our nation’s infrastructure.

“As you know, upgrading our infrastructure is one of our top priorities this year. And this bill will help fund critical projects at our airports. 

“I’ll spare you the puns about how this bill is ready for takeoff, but it is a good piece of legislation that is going to make people’s lives better.

“And we look forward to getting this done.”

Tax Reform

“Lastly, I would like to say a few things about tax reform—I know that’s a big shock to you.

“This morning, the Labor Department reported that initial unemployment claims fell to their lowest level in over 48 years. Think about this: The Labor Department reported that the initial unemployment claims fell to their lowest level in more than 48 years.

“This is yet another sign of a healthy job market and a growing economy.

“I saw this firsthand of this on Monday when I was visiting businesses in the First District of Wisconsin, the district I represent.

“One of them was Vision Plastics in Delavan. They do custom injection molding. And because of tax reform, they have already purchased new equipment.

“This is going to help expand their business, this is going to help bring new workers. This is going to be good for their workers.    

“I also went to Palmer Hamilton in Elkhorn. They make furniture for school cafeterias and libraries.

“They are partnering with local schools to recruit and train workers, to make sure that they have the right skills.

“So tax reform is making a real difference for our workers every day. We see bonuses, we see raises, we see better benefits, we see more take-home pay.

“This economy is thriving, and thanks to tax reform, better days are ahead.”