Obama touts education, GOP talks budget in weekly addresses
April 28th, 2012
06:00 AM ET
3 years ago

Obama touts education, GOP talks budget in weekly addresses

(CNN) – It's a weekend when Washington, for the most part, puts politics on the back burner in favor of laughs at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner.

But House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan had his elbows out for President Barack Obama and the Democrat-controlled Senate, using the GOP weekly address to criticize both for inaction on a federal budget.

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Obama used his address to explain an executive order on education benefits for veterans he signed Friday.

Ryan, author of a budget that passed the Republican-controlled House last month but has not survived the Senate, criticized the upper chamber for not passing a budget in several years.

"Last week, leaders in the United States Senate, which is controlled by the president's own party, announced they would not advance a budget for the third year in a row," said Ryan, who represents a district in Wisconsin. "Tomorrow, in fact, will mark three years to the day since the Senate last fulfilled this basic governing responsibility."

That measure was a $3.4 trillion blueprint for federal spending in fiscal year 2010 which, like Ryan's budget this year, passed the House in April 2009 along a party-line vote.

Since then, the two chambers have not agreed to a budget, which is a policy document and spending blueprint typically passed in the spring. Capitol Hill has not enacted a budget in four other years since the era of modern budgeting began in 1983, according to the nonpartisan fact check group PolitiFact: 2003, 1999, 2005, and 2007. Both houses were under Republican control in three of the four years, the group points out, and once the Democrat-led Senate did not pass a plan.

Funds are dolled out to the various agencies and departments through appropriations measures, which have eventually passed the House and Senate in recent years, sometimes with an 11th hour agreement that brought the government back from the brink of a shutdown.

Ryan used the occasion to tout the bill approved late last month known as the "Ryan Plan," as well as other proposals that GOP leaders refer to collectively as "The House Republican Plan for America's Job Creators."

"The Republican-led House has passed a pro-growth budget and nearly 30 jobs bills that are waiting for action in the Senate," Ryan said. "This week, we passed four more bills relating to stopping cyber-terrorism - which hurts our economy and costs jobs."

In an election year, these bills are more than, well, just bills - they're political pawns.

Meanwhile, the president spoke on a directive he signed Friday requiring "veterans and servicemembers get a simple fact sheet called 'Know Before You Owe' that lays out all the information they need about financial aid and paying for college."

While most educational institutions do not take advantage of returning servicemembers, some do, the president said.

"They bombard potential students with emails and pressure them into making a quick decision. Some of them steer recruits towards high-interest loans and mislead them about credit transfers and job placement programs," Obama said. "One of the worst examples was a college recruiter who visited a Marine barracks and enrolled Marines with brain injuries so severe that some of them couldn't recall what courses the recruiter had signed them up for."

Additional information from colleges and universities will help veterans "make an informed decision when it comes to picking the right program," he said.

Next weekend, Obama hits the campaign trail for his first rallies of the 2012 election.


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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Ken

    Funny – spending money and racking up massive debt on two wars unfunded by the rich – who actually got tax breaks!! – never seemed to upset him when the Shrub was in office!

    April 28, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  2. B

    The longer this debate goes on the clearer the contrast becomes for everyone in the Fall. The Republican agenda of taking down Obama at Any cost politically will be their undoing.

    What America has witnessed since 2010 with the Republicans controlled states like Michigan and their outrageous "Emergency Management" goons taking over Townships and Democracy in the process will be challenged!
    Other states like Wisconsin attempting destruction of gains by the middle class for the last 80 years will be challenged and the idiot Governor will be removed!
    Laws in Southern states concerning abortion, Women’s health laws, and voting rights will be challenged!

    The national Republican Agenda taking us all backwards with Their warped, self righteous, out of date, mentality will end.

    When people stop paying attention the Radicals come back out of the woodwork and attempt to take over again.

    Vote them out in 2012!

    April 28, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  3. Dr C

    So President Obama is going to "fix" the student loan crisis that is coming...
    Wasn't it his party who set up the crisis and timed it to occur just now?
    Hmmm... Wonder if he could maybe fix a real problem instead; maybe one he promised to fix before he was elected; how about getting out of control government spending under control, I believe he said raising the debt ceiling was un-American. No budget even proposed; no serious attempt to look at cutting spending. Last year, according to IRS information the federal government borrowed 37percent of what it spent-

    Do any of you seriously think this can continue another four years?

    And no, I don't care who's party started this insanity but I would like to see someone at least make a reasonable attempt to fix it

    April 28, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    The Economic Growth and Tax Reconciliation Act of 2001 was Bush's trickle down economic plan. Although Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist stated at the time of passage that these tax cuts effectively "paid for themselves", ten years later America knows just how false and disastrous that statement was. Indeed, not only did these tax cuts NOT add jobs, economic growth came to a crashing halt in 2007.

    The non-partisan Congressional Research Service has now estimated that the 10-year revenue loss from extending the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts reach beyond 2010 at $2.9 trillion, with an additional $606 billion in debt service costs (interest), for a combined total of $3.5 trillion.

    Not only does Paul Ryan want to extend the tax cuts for the upper 1%, his plan is even more damaging than Bush's was. Ryan's plan is to gut every program -from Medicare to Social Security- including raising taxes on the middle class and poor. Why? To give the upper 1% one more bite at the apple of trickle down ideological tomfoolery of tax cuts produce jobs.

    OK, Paul. Where are the jobs from the last trickle down 2001 – 2010 fiasco? I suggest Ryan and his cult of fools pay close attention to the revenues CORPORATIONS are now bringing in. Billions in profit, yet no jobs to be had.

    Might ask Mr. Businessman Mitt Romney how much profit he raked in this past decade. Oh, that's right. He refuses to release his prior tax returns. He refuses to release this years as well, choosing instead to file an October extension. Might also ask him to list why he supports the Ryan Budget. Might even ask all the Republican House members who voted for it to justify their "yes" vote.

    April 28, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  5. Thomas

    Paul Ryan , where were you in 2007 ?

    on the side of investment bankers !

    April 28, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Ryan and the GOP are a curse upon this land and if you don't believe it, just keep watching and listening.

    April 28, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    This debt is going to destroy us... Agree or disagree with his budget we need some plan to stop spending more than we are bringing in..

    April 28, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  8. Dave Harris

    Given that Ryan's budget has been exposed as the biggest fraud ever proposed in the name of a budget, you'd think he'd be keeping his head low. It doesn't even do what Republicans always claim they want to do, reduce the debt. It does guarentee that the rich will get richer and fewer, and the poor will get poorer and more numerous, another key Republican goal. Is anybody with half a brain even listening to these guys?

    April 28, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  9. Smeagel4T

    The GOP's social engineering budget designed to restore the Robber Barons to their full glory from the days of massive widespread poverty during the Industrial Revolution and Gilded Age. Days when the Robber Barons partied on the wealth created by actual workers while denying any of that wealth to the workers who created it. The GOP and Wall Street Mitt seek to destroy Medicare and Social Security so they can rain all the funding for those programs down upon their ultra-wealthy bosses. It is time to tell the GOP and the power brokers pulling the string of the Tea Party that America is NOT returning to the days of the Robber Barons and the massive widespread poverty they created.

    April 28, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  10. Rhea

    Apprently the newest buzz word for the Repuglicans is "pathetic". They are so out of touch with the rest of us they think we are too stupid to notice their silly subliminal messages. Boehner uses "pathetic" whenever he can. Now McCain is using "pathetic" too. Wonder who told them to use that word???

    April 28, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  11. SEAL Team Alpha and Omega

    Just because Paul Ryan gives head to Mitch McConnel, Eric Cantor, Willard Romney and John Boehner everyday does not mean he cares about the middle-class.

    April 28, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
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