Ryan says overhaul of tax system long overdue

COLUMBUS, Ohio - House Speaker Paul Ryan says he had just gotten his driver's license the last time Congress overhauled the nation's tax system.

He insists lawmakers will act now even as he deals with deep divisions in his own Republican Party.

During a round-table discussion Wednesday at a central Ohio contract packaging plant, Ryan focused on reducing the number of tax brackets to three, eliminating tax breaks and simplifying the code to cut rates for individuals.

He says overhaul is long overdue. Congress last acted in 1986.

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