Paul Ryan Proudly Tweets About School Worker Getting $1.5 Wage Hike

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Ryan's account was quoting directly from a news report that highlighted wage increases taking effect for many Americans as a result of the tax bill, including a secretary in a high school who touted an extra $1.50 in her paycheck per week she said would "more than cover her Costco membership for the year".

Democrats on Saturday slammed Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., for tweeting about a Pennsylvania woman whose paycheck went up by $1.50 a week, citing the raise as a success of the recently passed GOP tax-reform bill. Estimated annual savings range into the thousands of dollars, which is certainly a lot more than a$60 Costco membership.

The imbroglio came days after his Democratic counterpart, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, was criticized for likening companies' $1,000 employee bonuses to "crumbs". The tax bill cost almost $1.5 trillion dollars, while the teacher in question is only seeing $1.50 extra in her weekly paycheck.

Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minnesota, also tweeted a link to the since-deleted Ryan tweet, writing: "Wells Fargo, fresh off of defrauding millions of Americans, gets $3.4 billion".

Ryan's office was not immediately available to comment over the weekend.

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Ryan proudly shared this story on Twitter - only to be met with outrage and amusement.

Democrats also lashed out at Ryan saying that the tweet was not a PR mistake but a proof of what Ryan actually thinks.

The tweet was deleted within hours, probably guaranteeing it will never be forgotten, and leaving people baffled as to why Ryan ever thought it would make a good advertisement for the tax plan's supposed middle-class benefit.

Some social media users accused Ryan of being out of touch, with California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom posting on Twitter that "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".

"Chip in $1.50 now to help us repeal and replace Ryan permanently this November", Bryce tweeted.

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