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  • Rep. Paul Ryan: The War on Poverty has 'failed miserably'
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on July 25, 2013 | Preview rr

    The War on Poverty, which President Lyndon Johnson declared nearly 50 years ago, has “failed miserably,” House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan said Thursday -- and he wants to figure out what approaches would work to get Americans out of poverty. “When I look at the money spent, when I look at the programs created, when I look at the miserable outcomes and the high poverty rates, as a policy maker, (I say) ‘We can do better than this and we need to figure out how.’” Ryan said he and his part... Read more

  • Back in the Fray
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on June 18, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy / Financial , FY 2014 House Budget

    It would be understandable if Paul Ryan didn’t want to stick his neck out just now. As the GOP vice-presidential nominee last year, Ryan spent four months on a whistle-stop tour of the country, shaking hands, answering questions, and speaking at campaign rallies, sometimes in multiple states on the same day. If the 43-year-old Wisconsin Republican lay low for the next year—ate regular meals, sat in a tree stand with an arrow nocked in his bow, savored a (however slight) downtick in denouncements... Read more

  • Ryan Talks Tax Reform and Oversight on CNBC
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on May 29, 2013 | Preview rr

    House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin co-hosted CNBC’s Squawk Box. He discussed the need for pro-growth tax reform and the importance of providing effective oversight of executive agencies. Excerpts of Ryan’s appearance follow. Watch the full interview here. Pro-growth policies to prevent austerity “What we're trying to do is preempt and prevent austerity. Austerity is ‘cut programs that current people live on—the safety net for seniors after they've retired in real time to resp... Read more

  • Ryan Discusses Budget Debate on NPR
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on April 12, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: PAYGO

    House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin talked with NPR’s David Green about this spring’s budget debate and possible areas of agreement to get a down payment on the debt. Highlights are below and the full interview can be found here. The President’s budget fails to act on our spending problem: “With a net spending increase of about $1 trillion, resulting in only $119 billion of deficit reduction to begin in year 2020 -- four years after he has left office -- I hardly see this as c... Read more

  • Cogan & Taylor: How the House Budget Would Boost the Economy
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on March 18, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy / Financial , FY 2014 House Budget

    By John F. Cogan and John B. Taylor Excerpt: This week the House of Representatives will vote on its Budget Committee plan, which would bring federal finances into balance by 2023. The plan would do so by gradually slowing the growth in federal spending without raising taxes. Still, the plan has been denounced by naysayers who assert that it would harm the economic recovery and that, at the least, any spending reductions should be put off until later. This thinking is just as wrong now as it was... Read more

  • National Review Online: Ryan Returns
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on March 13, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: FY 2014 House Budget

    By Andrew Stiles Excerpt: Working off the Ryan budget, House Republicans plan to advance legislation to reform health-care and entitlement programs, expand energy exploration, and replace the current tax code with a simpler, pro-growth alternative with lower rates and fewer loopholes. “We’re going to be advancing more specifics on these big issues of the day to show that Republicans are ready to govern, and that we have better ideas for tackling these problems,” he says. Ultimately, the goal of ... Read more

  • Yahoo News: Former Congressional Budget Chief: Balanced Budget would increase Job Growth
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on March 13, 2013 | Preview rr

    By Chris Moody Excerpt: A balanced federal budget that reduces the national debt, like the one proposed by House Republicans this week, would add about 5 million more jobs to the economy by 2023 compared with current spending levels, suggests an analysis provided to Yahoo News by the American Action Forum, a center-right policy group. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan on Tuesday released his new budget proposal, which calls for slowing the growth of federal spending by $4.6 trillion and ... Read more

  • Janesville Gazette: Ryan Keeps Hope Alive That Compromise is Possible
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on March 13, 2013 | Preview rr

    By Frank Schultz Excerpt: Paul Ryan and Barack Obama don't see eye-to-eye, but when they talked about their deeply held beliefs last week, it gave Ryan a glimmer of hope they might reach a compromise. Ryan, the 1st District congressman who ran with Mitt Romney to unseat the president last fall, told The Gazette in a phone interview Tuesday that he thinks the president understands the need to control the costs of enormously expensive entitlement programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. Ryan said i... Read more

  • AP: Senate Democrats Unveil Budget Blueprint Calling for New Taxes, Reversing Spending Cuts
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on March 13, 2013 | Preview rr

    Excerpt: Senate Democrats unveiled a largely stand-pat budget Wednesday that calls for $1 trillion in new tax revenues over the coming decade but actually increases spending, while protecting the party’s domestic policy priorities and adding $4 trillion more to the national debt than a slashing alternative from House Republicans. The plan by Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash., blends about $1 trillion in modest cuts to health care providers, the Pentagon, domestic agencies and int... Read more

  • Roll Call: Ryan’s Budget: ‘Means to an End’ Not ‘Root Canal Economics’
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on March 12, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: FY 2014 House Budget

    By David M. Drucker Excerpt: House Budget Chairman Paul D. Ryan introduced his committee’s fiscal 2014 spending plan Tuesday and amid all the focus on the fact it would balance Washington’s books in 10 years, in part by repealing the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare), I was struck by a phrase the Wisconsin Republican repeated several times in his morning news conference: “means to an end.” There is little difference between Ryan’s 2014 budget and the two previous proposals offered by the Ho... Read more