Paul Ryan deletes tweet touting $1.50 pay hike after backlash

Paul Ryan deletes tweet touting $1.50 pay hike after backlash
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Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanFive takeaways from McCabe’s allegations against Trump The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sanders set to shake up 2020 race McCabe: No one in 'Gang of Eight' objected to FBI probe into Trump MORE (R-Wis.) deleted a tweet on Saturday, in which he said a woman's paycheck went up by $1.50 due to the Republican tax-reform plan. 

Ryan included a link to an Associated Press story in the tweet that explained how the legislation has benefited workers and corporations. 


The speaker referred to Julia Ketchum, who said her $1.50 pay increase would cover her Costco membership for the year.

"A secretary at a public high school in Lancaster, PA, said she was pleasantly surprised her pay went up $1.50 a week...she said [that] will cover her Costco membership for the year," Ryan tweeted. 

The post immediately drew backlash from critics. 



GOP leaders, including President TrumpDonald John TrumpAverage tax refunds down double-digits, IRS data shows White House warns Maduro as Venezuela orders partial closure of border with Colombia Trump administration directs 1,000 more troops to Mexican border MORE, have touted the impact of the tax plan, which cuts the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent.

Ryan's Democratic counterpart House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiKids confront Feinstein over Green New Deal Can progressives govern? Dems plan hearing on emergency declaration's impact on military MORE (California) drew backlash after said the bonuses companies are giving out following the tax law's passage are "crumbs."

Trump compared Pelosi's comments to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDem strategist says Clinton ‘absolutely’ has a role to play in 2020 Left-leaning journalist: Sanders would be 'formidable candidate' against Trump Clinton hits EPA for approval of pesticide dump: ‘We need bees!’ MORE calling his supporters "deplorables" during the 2016 campaign, while Vice President Pence said “If you’re going to say that $1,000 is crumbs, you live in a different world than I’m living in,”