Paul Ryan, Greg Walden fundraiser met with protesters

Protest lasted about 3 hours

Around 80 or so people have gathered to protest Paul Ryan and Greg Walden ahead of the private fundraiser at Waverley Country Club, Aug. 23, 2017. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — After touring and speaking to employees at Intel, U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Congressman Greg Walden attended a private fundraiser Wednesday where they were met with more than 100 protesters.

The $1,000-per-person fundraiser was for Walden Victory Fund, a fund Walden uses to support other candidates. The fundraiser was at the Waverley Country Club in Milwaukie.

Those who wanted a picture with Ryan had to fork over $2,700.

Police watch as people protest Speaker Paul Ryan and Rep. Greg Walden ahead of the private fundraiser in SE Portland, Aug. 23, 2017 (KOIN).
Police watch as people protest Speaker Paul Ryan and Rep. Greg Walden ahead of the private fundraiser in SE Portland, Aug. 23, 2017 (KOIN).

Milenio, a Latino activist group, and Portland Jobs with Justice organized the protest, just across the street from the country club.

Protester Larry Files said, “It’s hard to get enough room on any sort of placard to deliver the message.”

The protest, which started at 3 p.m. and lasted about 3 hours, was centered around health care — Walden was the architect of the House-approved version that the Senate later killed.

Roughly 150 people gathered to protest the politicians.

Another issue was immigration — organizers want to see a program pass for the 11 million or so undocumented immigrants to bring their status to legal.

Another protester Chris Lowe said, “You need to take a different look at immigration and not be dividing families.”

Ryan, Walden tour Intel

U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan visited the Portland area Wednesday as part of a continuing national tour.

Ryan, who’s pushing for tax reform, visited Intel in Hillsboro with Congressman Greg Walden where the speaker later spoke with the employees in a town hall format.

Paul Ryan spoke to Intel employees Wednesday afternoon before holding a press conference later on, Aug. 23, 2017. (Speaker.gov)

Ryan’s main focus was highlighting the congressional plan to revamp the tax code. He wants it to be simple enough that you can fill out your taxes on a post card and keep more of your money.

Ryan called it the “pro-growth” tax reform. He said the more competitive, affordable and simple system will help create jobs, raise wages and grow the economy.

The best way, according to Ryan, to achieve that is by slashing the corporate tax rate to help companies from sending jobs overseas.

He said, “That’ll level the playing field for American businesses and end incentives for them to ship jobs overseas.”

Right now, American businesses are taxed 35-45% compared to a world-wide average of 22%.

“One of the big problems we have is that we are basically taxing American business out of America,” Ryan said. “We are making it very hard for American business to compete and succeed in the global economy because of our tax system.”

For the every day tax paper, Ryan wants to change what he calls “a complicated and unfair system”

“You can sit next to your next door neighbor, have the same kind of income and pay dramatically different taxes because of all the different carve outs and loop holes in the tax code,” Ryan said. “We want to clean this thing up, we want to clean up our tax system to make it simple and fair.”

Rep. Greg Walden, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan at Intel in Hillsboro, August 23, 2017 (Speaker.gov)

Ryan later held a press conference where he was joined by Walden.

During the conference, Ryan touched on health care and disagreed with President Trump’s threat of a government shutdown if funding for a new, broader wall isn’t secured

He also condemned the uptick in racial violence.

“There’s no place for these white supremacists, white nationalists and neo-Nasis,” Ryan said.

Ryan’s tour will continue Thursday when he visits the Boeing Plant in Everett, Washington.