Outgoing Speaker Ryan cites immigration, not paying off national debt as biggest regrets

The Republican lawmaker from Wisconsin, the 2012 vice presidential nominee, sat for an interview with The Washington Post as he prepares to step down. Ryan also delivered one of his final floor speeches, thanking his staff and voters of his Wisconsin congressional district, where he first won election in 1998 at age 28. > TIME

Rep. Kind to return $100K to pay down national debt


After finding savings in his congressional office budget again this year, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind says he’s returning more than $100,000 to taxpayers to pay down the national debt. Kind made the announcement at his Eau Claire office last week. > CBS 7 Wausau

Johnson backs tax cuts, dismisses $1 trillion projected increase in federal debt


U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson threw his support behind the Republican tax overhaul Friday, dismissing a nonpartisan projection that the bill would increase the federal debt by $1 trillion over the next decade. Johnson has been a longtime supporter of tax cuts but has also crusaded against the federal debt as “threatening our freedom.” > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel