Twitter goes to town on Paul Ryan over $1.50 pay rise tweet

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Gage Skidmore Flickr

Or that hers could have gone up a lot more if you had given them a lot less?

Mr Ryan posted other links this week to media reports of how people are seeing more meaningful increases in their pay - some said to be as much as $1,000 (£708).

"Paul Ryan deleted his embarrassing tweet of a blatant admission because he and Republicans don't want you to know the truth: the #GOPTaxScam is a gift to corporate America and the top 1% at your expense", Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-California, tweeted. I tried to start a girl-band when I was 12.

$1.50 a week will indeed cover the basic $60 membership to Costco, but it wouldn't cover the gold membership!

The Associated Press reported that House Speaker Paul Ryan tweeted about Julia Ketchum, of Lancaster, who was named in a previous AP business story about changes in tax withholding sparking bigger paychecks.

But the tweet was quickly mocked and the Wisconsin Republican deleted it within hours.

Paul Ryan's tweet bragging about a woman making an extra $1.50 a week because of the tax bill
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Signed into law last December, the tax bill has been repeatedly touted by Republican lawmakers and President Trump as crucial legislation meant to help US workers. But because the bill also kills or limits key tax deductions - most notably reducing the amount of state and local taxes that individuals can deduct on their federal tax returns - the impact on individuals will vary.

Neither Ryan's office nor Ketchum could be reached for comment.

Former George W. Bush ethics lawyer, Richard W. Painter said that Ryan "should be ashamed of himself" for publishing the tweet.

While it's hard to be sure, since President Donald Trump refuses to release his income tax records, The Washington Post has written that he stands to save millions of dollars through the bill he promoted and signed.

"Guess someone told Paul Ryan you shouldn't go around praising yourself for giving a working person an extra $1.50 a week - because he deleted this tweet".

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