House Speaker Paul Ryan talks healthcare, tax code while touring MillerCoors

Posted at 12:35 PM, Jul 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-24 18:14:07-04

MILWAUKEE --  House Speaker Paul Ryan was in Milwaukee Monday morning, touring MillerCoors on the city's west side. 

Ryan talked healthcare and tax code as he toured the brewery.  Despite a string of setbacks, House Speaker Paul Ryan remains convinced the Senate will eventually be able to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

"Thirteen-hundred great family supporting jobs are here in Milwaukee thanks to MillerCoors," Ryan said. "I'm here to talk about how we can have even more good paying jobs here. How tax reform is really important to make American businesses competitive in the world."

Ryan stressed the importance of keeping businesses in the United States and spoke out about the Republican-backed tax overhaul plan.

Ryan had the conversation with employees at MillerCoors about a week ahead of an end-of-July deadline for top White House officials and Republican leaders in Congress to agree on a tax reform framework.

"Miller is an American business and Miller is taxed at 35%. The rest of the world is taxed at 22 1/2 %," said Ryan.

The Speaker called the current tax code unfair and complicated. The CEO of MillerCoors agreed.

"A reduced tax rate will help us be more competitive and allow us to invest more behind our brand and that's good for our employees and the community," said Gavin Hattersley, CEO of MillerCoors.

Overhauling the nation's tax system has been a top priority under President Trump and even though its been years since congress overhauled the tax system.

Speaker Ryan promises major tax reform this year.