Ryan, Brady tout tax cuts at Southwest Airlines headquarters

Ryan, Brady tout tax cuts at Southwest Airlines headquarters
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Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanKrystal Ball: GOP tax cut is 'opiate of the massively privileged' Top GOP lawmaker: Tax cuts will lower projected deficit GOP super PAC seizes on Ellison abuse allegations in ads targeting Dems MORE (R-Wis.) and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin BradyKevin Patrick BradyTreasury releases proposed rules on major part of Trump tax law Republicans happy to let Treasury pursue 0 billion tax cut Trump weighs big tax cut for rich: report MORE (R-Texas) on Monday touted the new GOP tax law at Southwest Airlines' Dallas headquarters — shining attention on Republicans' signature legislative accomplishment that they hope will help the party in this fall's midterm elections.

The lawmakers in a town hall argued that the bill, which cuts rates for individuals and corporations, will encourage companies to create jobs and make new investments in the U.S.

"What this does is it says, 'stay in America, make it in America, be American, and you can compete in the rest of the world and do extremely well,' " Ryan said.

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"This new tax code is going to let companies for the first time in 30 years make those investments here in America," Brady said.

The town hall is one of a number of events that GOP lawmakers have been holding in recent weeks  to highlight the benefits of the tax law. Last month, Ryan spoke about the new law at Home Depot in Atlanta.

The tax cuts are Republicans' biggest legislative achievement since President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump threatens ex-intel official's clearance, citing comments on CNN Protesters topple Confederate monument on UNC campus Man wanted for threatening to shoot Trump spotted in Maryland MORE took office, and GOP lawmakers and conservatives think focusing on the new law and the overall strength of the economy will be beneficial to them in the midterms.

But Republicans face challenges, with recent polling showing that many Americans aren't yet reporting that their take-home pay has gone up due to the new law. The GOP is also trying to keep the attention on tax cuts at a time when other issues are more likely to dominate the headlines.

Southwest Airlines is one of a number of companies that announced $1,000 bonuses for its employees following the tax law's enactment.

Several employees spoke about how they used their bonus money. They said they were using the money to help pay for a child's college education, to purchase a new washing machine and dryer, and to help feed people in Kenya.

Ryan said that following the tax cuts, he wants to overhaul the Federal Aviation Administration and tackle welfare reform and ways to boost workforce training.

Ryan said he doesn't think the nation's infrastructure problems can be paid for solely through tax revenues.

"We're going to have to think of more creative ways to get the private sector dollars involved in infrastructure," he said.