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Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said the Republicans' tax reform plan is centered around providing tax relief for the middle class.

Ryan said that the working folks never got a raise in the Obama economy and that his plan is the way to make that happen during the Trump administration.

"This tax code is 31 years of special interest carveouts and as a result of that, people pay higher tax rates," he said.

He responded to concerns from blue-state Republicans like Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.), who are critical of the planned removal of the deduction that prevents people in high-tax states from being taxed twice.

Tenney voiced her concerns earlier Thursday: “As I've said from day one, eliminating the federal deduction for state and local taxes will unfairly burden the over 3 million hardworking taxpayers in New York who claim the deduction.”

"Why should we incentivize big government," Ryan said of places like Albany that demand some of the highest state taxes in the nation.

Ryan said that by giving taxpayers a multitude of new benefits people in places like New York, New Jersey and California will see a break.

He also responded to criticisms of Congress' low approval rating, saying that the House passed 337 bills thus far this year, but that many are stuck in the very-divided Senate.

However, Ryan did not directly criticize Senate leadership by name.

Sean Hannity also asked Ryan about people like Sens. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) who he said made private statements countering the idea that President Trump should succeed.

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