Ryan: Obama needs to 'show us' a budget plan
August 23rd, 2012
05:40 PM ET
2 years ago

Ryan: Obama needs to 'show us' a budget plan

Fayetteville, North Carolina (CNN) – During a visit to the Fort Bragg area Thursday, vice presidential hopeful Rep. Paul Ryan said President Barack Obama needs to come up with a budget agreement or else North Carolina's defense industry and one of the nation's largest military populations will be threatened.

The House Budget Committee chairman – along with other Republicans – voted for the original debt ceiling deal that led to the current stalemate. The policy came about after a congressional "super committee" failed to reach a deficit-reduction plan last year. Months earlier, Congress had voted to implement the cuts if the super committee didn't ultimately find an agreement.

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"And so the House has already passed, as well as the Senate, which has now been finally signed into law, bipartisan legislation saying put up or shut up. The president needs to show us how he plans on putting this in place, if he is not going to help us pass legislation preventing it in the first place, so we're now waiting for that answer," Ryan said.

Mitt Romney's running mate accused Obama of putting politics before the nation's military.

"It's our duty to preserve this legacy to support our voluntary force of men and women who volunteer to serve our nation and not let them be pawns in a political game because this is messing with jobs and lives," he said.

"[W]hatever happens between now and November, will happen between now and November," said Ryan. "But what Mitt Romney is committed to doing is making sure this doesn't take place, and that means if we have to do it in January, we will do it in January."

Ryan said he will try to "fix it retroactively" between November and January. "Now we believe that we have a procedural way in the Senate to advance that legislation very quickly and get it to the next president of the United States who I believe is going to be Mitt Romney, to pass that into law, and retroactively prevent that sequester from taking place in January."

If Republicans and Democrats fail to come to a budget agreement by the end of the year, significant cuts to the Department of Defense could become a reality. Beginning in 2013, the federal government would undergo a series of budget reductions to defense and non-defense programs that would total $1.2 trillion in cuts over the next decade.

It was during a roundtable discussion at a small defense contracting company in Fayetteville where Ryan said the looming defense cuts could cost 55,000 jobs in North Carolina.

"The president's demanding a massive tax increase on small businesses which will cost us jobs in exchange for these defense sequesters. We don't want to trade small business jobs for military jobs. We want more jobs across the board," Ryan said.

Speaking to about 100 people associated with the military or defense industries, the seven-term congressman from Wisconsin held up a card that was in the pocket of his blazer and shared something he hasn't talked about since he became Romney's running mate on August 11.

"I carry this card in my pocket. I've carried it with me for years. I don't really talk about this often," he said. "It's the men and women who have lost their lives, the men who have lost their lives in Wisconsin. I've talked to these families, been at the funerals. It's the ultimate sacrifice."


Filed under: 2012 • Budget • Debt • Deficit • North Carolina • Paul Ryan
soundoff (169 Responses)
  1. grrace

    Sure! Been there, done that. Will do it again when Ryan releases his school transcripts proving what an "economic genius" he is....

    August 23, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  2. kayla

    mr gremlin, please don't act like you know what you are saying. you look clueless.

    August 23, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  3. FedUp

    Someone needs to show, and actually approve, a budget plan. Since the Democratic Senate, Congress and Oval Office can't even agree on a budget, when they have had the majority, obviously this isn't important to anyone. Keep spending. Not a problem.

    August 23, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  4. drake mallard

    Mitch McConnell has made it clear his only goal is to see Obama removed – not one mention of trying to create jobs, or improve the operation of government. These guys have you bent all over backwards. The worse part is they are going to hurt the job creators in the long run if they had their way. The have already hurt the job creators in the long run actually. It's time our government got back to work and funded – look sides need to work together to improve government efficiency and effectiveness, not tearing it down. Government is necessary, even in a capitalist system like ours.

    August 23, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Ryan needs to tell Mr. Speaker of the House Boehner to lead instead of being led by McConnell, Norquist and others and while Mr. Ryan is talking let's not forget he's part of that "Do Nothing Congress".

    August 23, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  6. vic , nashville ,tn

    Obama send his budget proposal congress, Paul Ryan chairmen of the committee didn’t see that give me a break
    Ryan and Todd Akin spend more time H.R 3

    August 23, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  7. Namejkane fl SEND THE THREE TIME LOSER romney HOME AND MAKE IT FOUR.

    You and romney the tax chest need to show us voters your tax returns you you Gop freaks !!!!its not a request ,its a demand !!!!! Show ten years worth or get on the Ryan atkins abortion bus and go home ,all your Gop mothers should have had abortions and are defict would be lower !!!!!

    August 23, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    More projection. These guys've got NOTHING.

    August 23, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  9. MaryM

    Ryan or R'Ayn does not know how to use the internet and go to the White House web site. Somebody help this boy Oh and btw, Mitt Romney Campaign Attacks Military Cuts Paul Ryan Supported. Talk about hypocrites

    August 23, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  10. CBR

    The Congress of the United States is the body which determines the budget and spending. Unfortunately, the Ryan budget does not meet the needs of the country.

    August 23, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  11. just_a_moderate

    Interesting...that should deflect from Romney-Ryan's own budget that they won't even score with the CBO.

    I agree with Mr. Ryan. Force Obama's hand...by doing what you were brought on to do. Start talking specifics. Your budget is a massive call for deficits and you can only balance by massive increases on the shoulders of middle class Americans. Fine, if that is going to work best, then just man up and say it.

    August 23, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  12. TY

    Really, Really any one listen to these clowns need to think it over. Because they are clowns with empty suit......

    August 23, 2012 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  13. charles

    Ryan the lier and the tax evader the flip flopper bishop are very annoying.They think some of us can't read like their stupid republican uneducated fools.

    August 23, 2012 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  14. Kev

    I have to agree with Ryan here. The Democrats have not introduced one budget in 3 years. Nothing. But Obama likes to do one thing here Spend our money. Honestly I think Ryan would be a good VP alot better than the idiot Joe Biden. And Romney would be ok as a President, Heck he can't do any worse than this idiot we have now.

    August 23, 2012 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  15. James

    Hmmmm. Maybe if Romney shows the world his tax returns, Obama will show the world the budget that the GOP keeps blockading. Fair is fair.

    August 23, 2012 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  16. Lando

    He led the Teabaggers opposing the debt ceiling that resulted in the agreed cuts and he is blaming the President....LIAR
    LIAR, LIAR....what a thick skin this guy is....

    August 23, 2012 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  17. Marie MD

    You stupid butt hole. He has a budget plan. You were instrumental in shutting it down. I want you to talk about YOUR budget plan the one that destroys the poor and seniors and retirees.
    Your $5 trillion budget cuts will destroy anyone who is poor. Then again it's you and your flip flopping twit.
    You know where you can put that thumb!

    August 23, 2012 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  18. jaimie

    Ryan and Romney............ Laurel and Hardy of the 21st century

    August 23, 2012 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  19. Young Wisdom

    Ryan agreed to the poison pill plan in order to create a budget, and now blames Obama for the poison pill plan and wants the President to make the budget. But if the President makes the budget, im 99% the Repubs will reject the budget anyways and take the pill. Oh to be a Congressman.

    August 23, 2012 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  20. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    WHere are the jobs you TPer's ran on? WHy aren't you taking responsibility for the fiscal cliff you agreed to? This do nothing congress is a bunch of parasites...

    August 23, 2012 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  21. BK

    Pro-tip: Don't demand the other side show us something that you haven't been able to show us for your side.

    The fact is NONE of them have a budget plan, or a plan for virtually anything else that is worth showing to us.

    August 23, 2012 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  22. Thomas

    And to think this guy supported two wars and shined GW Bush's shoes.

    What color paper do you want the budget printed on Mr Ryan , pink ?

    I might vote for Romney / Ryan if the promised to drive the Wienermobile at there anogaration.

    August 23, 2012 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  23. Puma Girl

    Why is it that the first Black President who was crowned in all his glory, constantly have to call upon the Clintons (the white folks) to come sweeten up the deal ? Sure, Barack Obama has lost his mojo for good but, for heavens sake, stand on your own two feet, would you? We are not electing Bill Clinton or Hillary Clinton so stop trotting them out like show horses. Obama should quit shadowing the Clintons....lest we think it is a Clinton election !!

    August 23, 2012 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  24. marjee123

    President Obama HAS submitted a buget like the rest of the things he has submitted which requires the HOUSE to vote on is with the rest of the bills and such on Boehner's desk. Since Ryan is such a hot shot in the republican party how come he doesn't know President Obama has that budget sitting on Boehners desk. I will be so glad when Boehner 's hand isn't anywhere near that gavel again.

    August 23, 2012 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  25. aflyer guy

    How will willard and paul have time to do all this legislating in january when they will be busy outlawing abortions for all women?! They want to protect rich gop war profiteering at all costs! I say stop the wars, scale back the military by half, and give those savings to schools, and cities to help middle america!!! Whose with me?!?!

    August 23, 2012 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
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