Budget battle continues for Rep. Ryan
April 10th, 2011
01:17 PM ET
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Budget battle continues for Rep. Ryan

Washington (CNN) – The battle over the budget came down to the wire in Congress this week, but the fight is far from over for House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan.

Ryan, R-Wisconsin, is the man behind "The Path to Prosperity" – a drastic budget plan that has been criticized by Democrats as barely touching the pockets of the nation's wealthiest citizens or national defense spending, while placing a disproportionate burden on seniors, the middle class, would-be college students and the economically disadvantaged.

White House senior adviser David Plouffe - who made his rounds Sunday appearing on four morning news shows including CNN's "State of the Union" - said the "Path to Prosperity" had no chance of being passed into law in the next year.

In the Republican weekly web and TV address posted on YouTube Saturday and again Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," Ryan defended his budget that he said advances cuts from the billions, to the trillions, a move he said is necessary to curb debt and prevent health care costs from ultimately taking up the whole of government spending.

"The problem," Ryan said in the video post, "is that Washington spends too much, not that Americans are taxed too little."

Late Friday, Congress avoided a complete government shutdown with a last-minute agreement, settling the 2011 budget that failed to be completed last year in the Democratically controlled Congress. The agreement formed the framework for a $38.5 billion spending cut package that will come to a vote on Friday.

The near stalemate highlighted significant social disagreements between the two parties and a battle is expected to wage on as the politically divided government seeks to form a 2012 budget and raise the debt ceiling before the nation reaches its legal debt limit of $14.29 trillion. As the fight goes on, Ryan faces more than partisan opposition, and may find himself defending his cuts to Tea Party conservatives, like Indiana Rep. Mike Pence, who have come out saying Ryan's plan doesn't go far enough and Republican presidential candidates hoping to appeal to right-leaning voters, independents and even Democrats.

Ryan declined to speak to CNN Sunday following his appearance on "Meet the Press," except to answer one question. When asked how he would have spent his day off had the government shut down, he responded, "I'd have stayed working."


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  1. sosupernova

    Ryan is a typical Republican who wants the freedom to make a bundle free of any governmental encumbrances and he certainly doesn't want to spend a nickel on average Americans. A bloated defense budget is okay with him but help average Americans....no, we can't afford it.

    April 10, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  2. Unenrolled in Massachusetts

    I fully expect Rep. Ryan to utter the words... "let the eat cake" sometime soon. It would be rather fitting.

    April 10, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  3. terry,va

    When 47% of the country start paying taxes, get back to me. When Obummie makes his buddies at General Electric pay taxes on the 14.2 billion they made in profits get back to me. 2% of us pay 41% in taxes. Time to eliminate all loopholes and pay taxes on any income level. When you pay nothing, you don't have a say. Quit holding your hands out for freebies. Wrap them around some work and contribute.

    April 10, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  4. NVa Native

    "The Path to Prosperity" – of course Ryan left out the most important word "corporate"
    Repubs only care about "The Path to Corporate Prosperity"

    April 10, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The Republicans in Washington use their supporters like "INDENTURED SERVANTS" who don't share in the wealth and never will. Republicans want you to have jobs alright, the same jobs the legal/illegal immigrants have after they finish running them out of the country. You know the jobs picking fruits and vegetables in their vineyards.

    April 10, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  6. sandra

    It's is about the deficit created by the tax cuts and GOP spending. We were on our way to paying off of the debt until the high GOP spending and GOP tax cuts! Your "Path to Prosperity" is only meant for the rich! It has been proven not to work as we look back over the past 2001 to 2010 budget years. What you fail to acknowledge is that if the middle class and the poor do not have any money neither do the rich! You can own all there is but it won't have any value and those dollars wiill be worthless!

    April 10, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  7. FactCheck

    Start cutting benefits for seniors... then let's see what the baggers have to say.

    April 10, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  8. Really?

    I initially thought this plan was a good first step to fixing the budget problems. Then I read it... This is truly a terrible plan. It really does nothing more then privatize medicare/medicaid and gives out big corporate tax cuts. No cuts to corporate subsidies, no real cuts from defense, no closing of loopholes that allow companies from shipping jobs overseas, and no fixing the tax code to something manageable. These are the kinds of items that need to be in any real proposal.

    April 10, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  9. WDRussell

    You seem to have left out the part of Ryan's proposal that gives every member of Congress an extra 14,000 dollars a year.

    April 10, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  10. Mom

    Look closer into the Ryan budget plan – This is not only about the medical and social security issues – it will cut programs that will turn this country back 100 years. How we can promote this is beyond belief!

    April 10, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  11. B

    Several economists that reviewed Ryan’s plan suggest that it would destroy the recovery and the long term economy!

    We go from one extreme of near devastation under two terms of the moron Bush to the opposite extreme suggested by Ryan that would also destroy the economy.

    What we need is a balanced plan put forth by an independent entity that is not looking for votes..

    April 10, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  12. T'sah from Virginia

    They just cut 38B from the budget and yet spent over 200 billion this month??

    Here goes Ryan with the NEW Republican talking point that they will start EVERY answer off with – "oh well, the reason why we are here is because the Democrats DID NOT pass a budget last year..." Over and over again we will hear this!! But what is the DIFFERENCE???? No matter what was DONE last year – the Republican Congress would have UN-DONE this years!!!

    April 10, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    The Path To Absudity is so fulll of incoorect information and thier effects that it's too bad the media is playing it up. I hear commentators saying it's a bold move or a true step towards reform despite allit's flaws Really?
    I can give them ocrrective measures too. Am I qualified- not in my mind, I'm not. But- they would be logical and would get the job done.Example- stop using Social Security and Medicare taxes for other bills. Start cutting expenses, but not at the expense of the humanity aspect of government. And for every dollar cut, raise taxes by an equal amount. Dont just stop the spending- lower the debt! See- I didn't need hundreds of pages to give my idea.
    As for the budget negotiations in Congress- If you give the Rebuplicans thier 60 billon in cuts- the Democrats get to pick where they come form and vice versa- level the paly filed to all segments of our society.

    April 10, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  14. vic , nashville ,tn

    China $ 184 Billons in education (4 percent of its GDP) and $130 Billions in health care system
    India expects its economy will grow by 9 percent by next year they investing in education and targeting foreign investors
    India, China, South America focusing on new ideas

    2000 to 2006 Republicans wipe out kids credit card now in the name of cutting they are destroying their jobs

    I agree we need reduces spending (or cut) but we have invest to compute global economy republicans budget we will exports all our jobs by 2020

    April 10, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  15. Positive

    Yes, unfortunately, the Path to Prosperity that Ryan speaks of is just more prosperity for those who already have the most at the expense of the elderly, middle class and poor.

    Ridiculous!

    April 10, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  16. Annie, Atlanta

    What I want to know is where is the shared sacrifice for our politicians, the millionaires and billionaires, corporations, bankers, hedge fund managers, those who inherit vast riches from deceased relatives, and the like. Trying to balance the budget on the backs of those of us who can least afford it seems obscene. But maybe that's just me.

    And while I'm on a tirade, when did it become advisable to let the Bircher types into the Republican party. Don't they recognize that these extremists are destroying their party? There was a reason reasonable Republicans kept them away in the 50s and 60s. They seem to have forgotten, in their hate for all things Obama, how to use reason.

    April 10, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  17. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    He would have just shifted the cost from the government to the people who can least afford it. I want to know why this man would cut taxes on the people who can most afford it. If there is a lack of funds coming in to pay what is due, why would you have people pay less. It is like spending money and not taking a second easy to do high paying job to cover the expenses.

    April 10, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  18. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    "...criticized by Democrats as barely touching the pockets of the nation's wealthiest citizens..."

    The nation's wealthiest citizens have been mercilessly soaked for decades to finance the venal efforts of politicians to buy votes. It's time the federal gravy train was brought to a screeching, the welfare bums told to get off and made to start paying their fair share of what it takes to keep the country running. And, news flash to the 47% who pay no federal tax at all, voting yourselves ever more government freebies at someone else's expense has got to stop too.

    April 10, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  19. Abe

    Mr. Ryan made a big mistake charging into Washington like the Spanish bull and trying to fix and economy that was slapped on our laps at the expense of his former Republican president Mr. Bush. If he thinks his Tea party ideology is going to succeeded , he better think twice. His cure to save the economy "The Path To Prosperity" that government spends too much, not that Americans are taxed too little is a farce. I think you and your Tea Party colleagues are a whole bunch of politically challenged individuals. The middle class has been tax suppressed for years and it is about time the rich pay there dues instated of giving them all the lo-poles to get fatter and fatter. This is a country of equal opportunity, equal rights so think of the middle class an work with the administration and your party to come up with a budget that is fair to all of us. There is a saying which will be good to apply. "God gave you one mouth and two ears so you can hear more", saying that I think it will wise you listen more than bellowing and trying to be a hero.

    April 10, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  20. Richard T.

    What would Robinhood do?

    It is not just a spending problem. Since Reagan GOP tax cuts and loop holes have create a revenue problem. All of the GOP rethoric about being fiscal conservatives is BS and they know it. Then there is the lastest GOP/Ryan budget plan. It uses such false assumptions such as unemployhment dropping to historic (really far beyond feasible) and that the housing market will return to the boom year. (2006). Yet more false enrichment of the top 1%.

    Then most appalling is the GOP and TEA Partier believe that Medicare will be saved by vouchers and and the "free market." Health care insurance is by no means anything other than an cartel. How about just letting Medicare negotiate price of medications. Now that is more of a free market concept and unacceptable to the Rethugnicans.

    April 10, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  21. rusty155

    Paul Ryan why don't your budget do any thing to the Rich or defense spending. Why Is It all about the middle class, the poor and the OLD. Why Is IT every time you put a Republican in control of the House or the Senate ,all you people want to do Is hit the poor and the Old. You now when the shut down was coming down to the last MIN. They say on CNN that some of are AMERICAN TROOP only make about 1700 a month, and they should be pay more. But the Poor and the OLD live on less than the Military does. The Old live on 1250.00 a month or less. So why does your budget only attack the poor and the Old. You want to extend the bush tax cut for the RICH, they been In place now for six year and there are NO NEW JOBS. So that mean the tax cut aren't working. You have to have money coming in to the GOVERNMENT to get the deficit down. What going to happen when the Government don't have anything else to cut, the deficit will till be there because everything you are taking away from the poor and the old you are giving that to the rich. So In the long run you are not gaining a thing but hurting the poor and the old. I'M sure any one of the Poor or the old would be more than happy to trade pay check with you are any body on the TEA PARTY. I bet none of you want to try living on want they make. You just want to put them on the street with no where to go. That want the TEA PARTY and the Republican are out to do. Me I think It time to get the Republican out of control of anything and do away with the Tea Party all together.

    April 10, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  22. Gaylen

    "Path to prosperity?" More like the road to perdition.

    April 10, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |