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  • Reps. Cooper, Ryan Introduce Defense Flexibility Act
    Posted in Press Releases on August 1, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Defense

    WASHINGTON—U.S. Reps. Jim Cooper (TN-5) and Paul Ryan (WI-1) introduced H.R. 2883, a bipartisan bill to give the Department of Defense (DOD) discretion when applying cuts from sequestration. The Defense Flexibility Act will allow DOD to manage these cuts responsibly and lessen the impact on national security. Under sequestration, DOD faces over $450 billion in cuts over 10 years. Currently, DOD must apply the cuts evenly to most programs, projects, and activities. As a result, DOD projects a dec... Read more

  • Ryan Opening Statement: The War on Poverty: A Progress Report
    Posted in Speeches and Statements on July 31, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Entitlements: Health Care / Social Security

    Well, good afternoon, everybody. Forty-nine years ago, Lyndon Johnson declared war on poverty. In 1964, he said, “We have declared unconditional war on poverty. Our objective is total victory.” Later that year, he added, “I believe that thirty years from now Americans will look back upon these 1960s as the time of the great American Breakthrough . . . the victory of prosperity over poverty.” Since then, we’ve spent over $15 trillion in that war. So what do we have to show for it? Well, today 46 ... Read more

  • Paul Ryan: Obama's 'grand bargain' for big business
    Posted in Commentary on July 30, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Taxes

    By Chairman Paul Ryan Today, in a speech in Chattanooga, Tenn, President Obama said he's interested in tax reform for corporations -- but not for families or small businesses. Once again, the president is playing favorites. It isn't the first time. He wants to give some businesses relief from ObamaCare. But he refuses to give the same relief to families. He wants to funnel money to his green-energy cronies. But he refuses to let us develop our energy resources and create good-paying jobs. He wan... Read more

  • 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

  • Department of Defense Appropriations Bill
    Posted in Appropriations Updates on July 23, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Appropriations, Defense

    The Department of Defense Appropriations bill provides $512.5 billion in discretionary budget authority for the base operations of the Defense Department and $85.8 billion for the conduct of the global war on terrorism. Additionally there is $514 million in appropriated entitlement spending for the CIA Retirement and Disability fund. The funding in the bill is 5.4% above the FY 2013 post-sequester levels and 0.6% below the President’s request. The spending level in the bill does not exceed the ... Read more

  • Ryan: Delay Is a Step Toward Full Repeal
    Posted in Press Releases on July 17, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Entitlements: Health Care / Social Security , Taxes

    WASHINGTON—Today, the House passed H.R. 2668, The Fairness for American Families Act, which delays Obamacare’s individual mandate for one year. The House also passed H.R. 2667, The Authority for Mandate Delay Act, which delays the employer mandate for one year by law. Upon passage of the legislation, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin issued the following statement: “Today, we took another step toward the full repeal of Obamacare. And we defended two key principles. First, we... Read more

  • Senate and House Committee Republican Leaders Seek CBO Cost Estimate of Obamacare Train Wreck
    Posted in Press Releases on July 10, 2013 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON—Republican committee leaders asked the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to analyze the budgetary effects of delaying Obamacare’s employer mandate and reporting requirements. Last week, the Obama Administration decided to ignore specific requirements in the health care law as mandated by Congress, conceding their signature legislative achievement is unworkable. This action will alter previous CBO cost and coverage estimates. To get answers for the American people, the chairmen and ran... Read more

  • Committee Leaders Urge President Obama To Provide Details On Employer Mandate Delay
    Posted in Press Releases on July 9, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Entitlements: Health Care / Social Security

    WASHINGTON—The decision to delay enforcement of the employer mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) has created a host of new questions and concerns that need to be addressed, according to a letter sent today to President Obama from House Republican leaders. The letter was signed by Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI), Education and the Workforce Chairman John Kline (R-MN), Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), and Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), as we... Read more

  • Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill
    Posted in Appropriations Updates on July 9, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Appropriations

    The House Energy and Water Development appropriations bill provides $30.4 billion in discretionary budget authority, $3.9 billion, or 11%, below the estimated FY 2013 post-sequester levels and $4.1 billion (12%) below the president's request. The bill includes $24.6 billion for the Department of Energy, $4.7 billion for the Army Corps of Engineers and $965 million for the Department of the Interior (primarily for the Bureau of Reclamation with the rest of Interior funded through other bills). Th... Read more

  • House Budget Committee Hearing: America’s Energy Revolution: A New Path to Jobs and Economic Growth
    Posted in Speeches and Statements on June 26, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy

    Good morning, everybody. To start, I want to thank our witnesses: Marty Durbin, John Larson, and Dan Weiss. We’re happy to have you. And we look forward to your testimony. Energy isn’t a big part of the federal budget. But it’s a huge part of the family budget. We feel the pinch every time we fill up a tank of gas. The fact is, energy is critical to our economy. We can’t get out of this fiscal mess without economic growth. And energy production fuels economic growth. It creates jobs. It increas... Read more