Ryan says election results put 'more pressure on us to follow through'

House Republicans unveil tax plan
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  • Democrats won big in New Jersey and Virginia on Tuesday
  • Paul Ryan said 'If anything, this just puts more pressure on us to follow through'

(CNN)House Speaker Paul Ryan said Wednesday that sweeping Democratic victories on election night won't lead Republicans to shift course on their tax overhaul strategy.

"It doesn't change my reading of the current moment," the Wisconsin Republican said at a Washington Examiner event focused on tax reform. "It just emphasizes my reading of the current moment. We have a promise to keep."
    Ryan added: "If anything, this just puts more pressure on us to follow through."
    Ryan reiterated that the House is expected to pass their version of the tax proposal next week.
    Democrats had a big night Tuesday, sweeping the top statewide offices in Virginia, as well as taking back the governor's mansion in New Jersey.
    Republicans in Congress, in close coordination, have ambitious plans to overhaul the US tax system before the end of the year and is seen as a must-win legislative victory ahead of the 2018 midterms.