Paul Ryan

Ryan pitches tax reform at shoe factory as protesters gather

House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday pitched Republican plans for overhauling the nation's tax code at a shoe factory, as demonstrators outside protested the GOP agenda of scrapping former President Barack Obama's health care law and tax cuts.

Ryan traveled to this heavily Democratic state to promote one of President Donald Trump's top priorities, as congressional Republicans struggle to advance key parts of the president's agenda.

Ryan delivered a stinging indictment of the current tax code, calling it inefficient, unfair and too complicated. He said the tax code puts U.S. businesses at a disadvantage against foreign competitors and overwhelms families who can't fill out...