Ryan tweets about Lancaster woman’s $1.50 paycheck boost, then deletes

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON – House Speaker Paul Ryan has highlighted on Twitter a school secretary benefiting from the Republican tax overhaul, then deleted the tweet after online criticism that he is cheering an increase of $1.50 a week.

Speaker of The House of Representatives Paul Ryan, R-Wis., speaks on the South Lawn of the White House surrounded by President Donald J. Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and Republican members of Congress after passing a tax reform bill on December 20, 2017, in Washington, D.C. (Alex Edelman/CNP/Sipa USA/TNS)

The Associated Press reported on Thursday that changes in tax withholding were sparking bigger paychecks, citing as one example Julia Ketchum of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, whose check went up $1.50 a week.

Ryan on Saturday posted a Tweet noting the secretary’s increase and linking to the AP story. He has posted several other examples of worker pay increases and bonuses since the overhaul, some as much as $1,000.

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Ryan’s spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.