Social media users slam Ryan for tweet on $1.50 pay hike

Greg Nash

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) was criticized Saturday on social media for citing a Pennsylvania woman whose paycheck went up by $1.50 a week as a success of the recently passed GOP tax-reform bill.

Ryan tweeted a link to an Associated Press report detailing how some workers have begun to see more take-home pay as the result of new withholding guidelines following the passage of the bill.

{mosads}The AP featured multiple workers who have seen an increase in their pay, including Julia Ketchum, a high school secretary in Pennsylvania. Ketchum’s paycheck increased by $1.50 a week, and she told the AP the increase would cover her Costco membership for the year.

Ryan highlighted Ketchum’s story in a tweet Saturday that was later deleted.

Social media users and Democratic lawmakers fired back at Ryan over his tweet.

Earlier this week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was criticized by Republicans, including President Trump and Vice President Pence, when she referred to companies giving $1,000 bonuses after the tax bill as “crumbs.”

“If you’re going to say that $1,000 is crumbs, you live in a different world than I’m living in,” Pence said.

Republicans have hammered Pelosi for the comments and are looking to tie her remarks to Democratic candidates in the upcoming 2018 midterms.

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