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 RyanPaul Ryan says he disagrees with Romney's impeachment vote Trump doubles down on Neil Cavuto attacks: 'Will he get the same treatment as' Shep Smith? Trump lashes out at Fox News coverage: 'I won every one of my debates' 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 TrumpWinners and losers from the South Carolina debate Five takeaways from the Democratic debate Democrats duke it out in most negative debate so far 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 PelosiOcasio-Cortez: Trump would 'never' say to her face some of the shots he takes at her on Twitter Oversight Committee room to be dedicated to late Rep. Elijah Cummings Lawmakers raise alarms over Trump coronavirus response 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 ClintonDemocratic insiders stay on the sidelines in 2020 race Hillicon Valley: Twitter falling short on pledge to verify primary candidates | Barr vows to make surveillance reforms after watchdog report | DHS cyber chief focused on 2020 The Hill's Campaign Report: High stakes at last Democratic debate before Super Tuesday 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,”