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  • House Budget Committee Hearing – “Budgeting for Education: The Role of Perkins Loans”
    Posted in Speeches and Statements on September 22, 2010 | Preview rr

    Mr. Chairman, thank you for calling this hearing on the future of the Perkins Loan program. We all share a commitment to investing in the next generation and preparing our workforce to lead in today’s competitive global economy. I applaud the Administration for taking steps to promote accountability and reforms to address the unconscionable failures in some of our classrooms, and promote greater incentives to reward performance and success. I also have concerns with efforts to further centralize... Read more

  • Ranking Member Paul Ryan Opening Statement
    Posted in Speeches and Statements on July 14, 2010 | Preview rr

    Thank you Chairman Spratt for calling this hearing to assess the stimulus and its impact on the economy and the Federal budget. I would like to extend a warm welcome to all of our witnesses here today. Welcome back, Secretary Vilsack. We appreciate you taking time from your busy schedule. I also want to take a moment to recognize Veronique de Rugy, who will join the next panel. Veronique is a distinguished economist and senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, a... Read more

  • Paul Ryan Delivers Weekly Republican Address
    Posted in Speeches and Statements on June 25, 2010 | Preview rr

    “Hello – I’m Paul Ryan – I work for the people of Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District and I serve as the top Republican on the House Budget Committee. Yes, Congress does have a budget committee, but I’m afraid it hasn’t been very busy this year. “In fact, this week the House Majority Leader announced that Democrats are canceling this year’s budget. Instead of reining in out-of-control spending that has pushed our national debt past $13 trillion, Democrats have made clear their intention to r... Read more

  • A Plan for Prosperity
    Posted in Speeches and Statements on June 24, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Entitlements: Health Care / Social Security

    http:// Unofficial transcript of remarks as delivered: Well good afternoon everybody, thank you for indulging me – we just had a bunch of votes in Congress that caused me to be a little late. I hope your lunch went well. I understand we have the President of the United States coming here this afternoon with the Russian President Medvedev. Perhaps he is coming to learn about free enterprise and free market principles and how it can help the Russian people. I am sure that this Chamber can give a l... Read more

  • Ranking Member Paul Ryan Opening Statement
    Posted in Speeches and Statements on June 17, 2010 | Preview rr

    Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for scheduling this important hearing. And thank you Mr. Liebman, for testifying before us on this issue. Four years ago, I introduced a constitutional version of the line item veto – a bill we passed in the House with bipartisan support. At the beginning of the year, when the President visited the House Republican Conference in Baltimore, I asked for his support for a line item veto, and four months later I am glad to see that he has taken me up on the idea. If we actu... Read more

  • Ranking Member Ryan Opening Statement: The Urgent Need to Tackle the Debt Threat
    Posted in Speeches and Statements on June 9, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy / Financial

    Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for organizing this important hearing. Before I begin, I want to welcome the newest Member of the House Budget Committee, Congressman Charles Djou from Hawaii. We look forward to working with you to help tackle our fiscal and economic challenges, and bring accountability to the Federal budget process. Congratulations, Charles, on your recent swearing in as a Member of Congress and your appointment to this committee – and a special welcome to you and your family to our na... Read more

  • Paul Ryan on Health Care and the Steep Climb to Reclaim the American Idea
    Posted in Speeches and Statements on March 21, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Entitlements: Health Care / Social Security

    Madam speaker, there is a lot wrong with this bill We know the problems with its cost. We know it doesn’t really reduce the deficit. We know that it increases health care premiums. The CBO has given us all of this information and it’s clear that what we have is a bill chock full of gimmicks and hidden mandates. So I’m not going to get into all of that again. But what I will ask is this: why has this decision become so personal to our constituents? Why are so many people swarming the Capitol ove... Read more

  • This is the People's House
    Posted in Speeches and Statements on March 20, 2010 | Preview rr
    Tags: Entitlements: Health Care / Social Security

    “Thank you Chairwoman Slaughter, Ranking Member Dreier. It’s a pleasure to be here today. The Budget Committee reported out the reconciliation bill but also, obviously, we realize it’s going to appear in tandem with the Senate bill, so I want to address both. This legislation would produce a sweeping overhaul of our healthcare sector, about 1/6 of our economy. “It will fundamentally change the relationship between patients and their doctors and put Washington in control of their healthcare. It ... Read more

  • Health Care Reconciliation Markup
    Posted in Speeches and Statements on March 15, 2010 | Preview rr

    Mr. Chairman, before discussing health care and reconciliation, I want to begin by thanking you for continuing this committee’s tradition of allowing a full and fair debate, and giving the minority the opportunity to offer motions in committee to modify this reconciliation bill. Today, in this committee, we begin what might be the final chapter of this health care debacle. My friends in the Majority claim that what we are doing here is simply paving the way to fix a mildly flawed Senate bill. T... Read more

  • HBC Hearing: “The Budget and Economic Outlook”
    Posted in Speeches and Statements on January 27, 2010 | Preview rr

    First, I want to welcome Dr. Elmendorf to the committee - I can’t think of a CBO Director who’s had a more challenging first year. Considering the state of the economy and the budget outlook, the role CBO plays is critical to Congress. When President Obama took office, America was in the midst of a crisis that shook our financial system to its core and eclipsed access to credit markets. The Administration exploited this crisis to pursue a relentless increase in federal spending and the size and ... Read more