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  • What Others Are Saying About the Wyden-Ryan Effort to Save and Strengthen Medicare
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on December 20, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Entitlements: Health Care / Social Security , Economy / Financial

    Last week, Senator Ron Wyden and Representative Paul Ryan unveiled a new bipartisan plan to strengthen Medicare and offer expanded health choices to all Americans. Opinion leaders from across the political spectrum were quick to hail the plan as a breakthrough that could pave the way toward saving and strengthening a critical program that millions of seniors rely on. Wall Street Journal editorial: The Wyden-Ryan Breakthough “This is an important moment because it shows that the serious entitleme... Read more

  • Capitalism and the Right to Rise
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on December 19, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy / Financial

    Congressman Paul Ryan recently coined a smart phrase to describe the core concept of economic freedom: "The right to rise." Think about it. We talk about the right to free speech, the right to bear arms, the right to assembly. The right to rise doesn't seem like something we should have to protect. But we do. We have to make it easier for people to do the things that allow them to rise. We have to let them compete. We need to let people fight for business. We need to let people take risks. We ne... Read more

  • Three Final Appropriations Measures
    Posted in Appropriations Updates on December 16, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Appropriations

    There are three separate final appropriations measures that are expected to be considered by the House: 1) the Conference Report on the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations bill (H.R. 2055) that includes full-year funding for agencies regularly funded through 9 appropriations bills; 2) the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2012 (HR 3672); and 3) a concurrent resolution (H. Con. Res. 94) “correcting” the enrollment of the Conference Report to include an across-the-board cut... Read more

  • Chairman Ryan Statement on Administration’s Disappointing Dismissal of Bipartisan Cooperation
    Posted in Press Releases on December 15, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Entitlements: Health Care / Social Security , Economy / Financial

    In response to the White House’s recent comments, Congressman Paul Ryan issued the following statement: “I am grateful to have a partner in my friend Senator Wyden, as we work together to create space for bipartisan solutions to address our nation’s most pressing challenges. It is disappointing to find the President of the United States increasingly isolated from this growing bipartisan consensus on efforts to save and strengthen our critical health and retirement security programs. The Presiden... Read more

  • Chairman Ryan Statement on Advancement of Bipartisan Budget Reform
    Posted in Press Releases on December 15, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy / Financial

    WASHINGTON – Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) released the following statement after the bipartisan Expedited Legislative Line-Item Veto and Rescissions Act of 2011 passed through the House Budget Committee earlier today: “I thank my colleagues at the House Budget Committee, in particular Ranking Member Chris Van Hollen, for their leadership in advancing a common-sense deficit reduction tool. This is welcome news for hardworking taxpayers who deserve a government that doesn’t waste their money, and deserve... Read more

  • Wyden & Ryan Advance Bipartisan Plan to Strengthen Medicare and Expand Health Care Choices for All
    Posted in Press Releases on December 15, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Entitlements: Health Care / Social Security , Economy / Financial

    This morning, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and U.S. Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) introduced a new proposal that represents a major advance in the effort to build a more secure future for the millions of seniors who rely on Medicare. The new report from Sen. Wyden and Rep. Ryan, titled “Guaranteed Choices to Strengthen Medicare and Health Security for All: Bipartisan Options for the Future,” outlines a bipartisan path forward on expanding health care choices for seniors while preserving a tra... Read more

  • Mark-up for the Expedited Line-Item Veto and Rescissions Act of 2011
    Posted in Speeches and Statements on December 15, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy / Financial , Budget Process Reform

    The purpose of today’s meeting is to mark up the Expedited Line-Item Veto and Rescissions Act of 2011. I am proud to be here today marking up legislation that was written in a bipartisan way with my counterpart on this committee, the Ranking Member, Chris Van Hollen. Chris, I want to thank you and your hardworking staff for helping us advance this common-sense reform to improve government’s stewardship of taxpayer dollars. The Expedited Line-Item Veto and Rescissions Act gives the President an i... Read more

  • A Bipartisan Way Forward on Medicare
    Posted in Commentary on December 14, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Entitlements: Health Care / Social Security , Economy / Financial

    Few issues draw more heated partisan rhetoric than the future of Medicare. Seniors are a reliable and powerful voting bloc, and both Republicans and Democrats are guilty of exploiting Medicare to frighten and entice voters. But turning discussions of Medicare's future into the third rail of American politics does nothing to guarantee that Medicare will continue to be a lifeline for America's seniors. So, before the partisan attacks begin to escalate and the 2012 election ads start to air, we are... Read more

  • Lawmakers Offer Bipartisan Plan to Overhaul Medicare
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on December 14, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Entitlements: Health Care / Social Security , Economy / Financial

    WASHINGTON — A Democratic senator, Ron Wyden of Oregon, and a Republican representative, Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, unveiled a bipartisan plan on Wednesday to revamp Medicare and make a fixed federal contribution to the cost of coverage for each beneficiary. The lawmakers aim to reshape the debate over the giant health insurance program by addressing concerns that have provoked fierce opposition to similar ideas in the past. Just as important as the details of their proposal was the fact that th... Read more

  • Ryan, Wyden back a new Medicare option
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on December 14, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Entitlements: Health Care / Social Security , Economy / Financial

    Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan on Thursday plan to introduce a new Medicare reform plan that would allow seniors to choose between traditional Medicare and new private insurance programs. The plan has some key differences from the Ryan blueprint that Republicans had rallied around earlier this year — and which Democrats had been united in pummelling in Congress and on the campaign trail as the beginning of the end of Medicare. The biggest difference is th... Read more