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  • A New Direction in the War on Poverty
    Posted in Commentary on January 24, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy / Financial

    One day at Pulaski High School in Milwaukee, a fight broke out between two students. The staff separated them, but one of the students, a young woman named Marianna, refused to relent. She continued to fight—now with the staff—and to cause a stir. Then a call went out over the school radio for "Lulu" to respond. Soon, Marianna began to calm down. Once she arrived, Lulu quickly defused the situation. Of all the people at Pulaski High—all the teachers and administrators—only one person got through... Read more

  • A Firm Step Forward
    Posted in Commentary on December 11, 2013 | Preview rr

    Yesterday, Senator Patty Murray and I introduced the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013. It’s the first budget agreement of its kind since 1986, and I’m proud to support it. This bill will reduce the deficit by $23 billion. It won’t raise taxes. And it will cut spending in a smarter way. It doesn’t go as far as I’d like. But it’s a firm step in the right direction. First, let’s remember how we got here: In 2011, President Obama signed into law the Budget Control Act. The law tasked a twelve-member “s... Read more

  • Here's How We Can End This Stalemate
    Posted in Commentary on October 9, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Entitlements: Health Care / Social Security

    The president is giving Congress the silent treatment. He’s refusing to talk, even though the federal government is about to hit the debt ceiling. That’s a shame—because this doesn’t have to be another crisis. It could be a breakthrough. We have an opportunity here to pay down the national debt and jump-start the economy, if we start talking, and talking specifics, now. To break the deadlock, both sides should agree to common-sense reforms of the country’s entitlement programs and tax code. Firs... 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

  • House Should Pass Appropriations Bills
    Posted in Commentary on June 11, 2013 | Preview rr

    This month, the House is writing appropriations bills for fiscal 2014. And it’s a crucial step. The budget resolution House Republicans passed in March outlined our vision for the country; it enunciated our principles. But these appropriations bills will put our principles into action. If we pass them, we’ll cut spending the right way. And we’ll reroute funding from yesterday’s priorities to today’s. The budget resolution is our overall spending plan. It says how much money the federal governmen... Read more

  • The GOP Plan to Balance the Budget by 2023
    Posted in Commentary on March 12, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy / Financial , FY 2014 House Budget

    America's national debt is over $16 trillion. Yet Washington can't figure out how to cut $85 billion—or just 2% of the federal budget—without resorting to arbitrary, across-the-board cuts. Clearly, the budget process is broken. In four of the past five years, the president has missed his budget deadline. Senate Democrats haven't passed a budget in over 1,400 days. By refusing to tackle the drivers of the nation's debt—or simply to write a budget—Washington lurches from crisis to crisis. House Re... Read more

  • Military-Crippling Sequester Must Be Stopped
    Posted in Commentary on May 9, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy / Financial , Defense

    Last year, as the federal government approached a limit on how much it could legally borrow, the Obama administration asked Congress to rubber-stamp an increase in the government's borrowing authority without any spending cuts to match. When House Republicans made clear that any increase in the debt limit must be accompanied by an even greater amount of spending reduction, the President insisted that he would not accept a debt-limit deal that did not include large tax increases on American famil... Read more

  • Medicare: Two paths, two futures
    Posted in Commentary on May 4, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Entitlements: Health Care / Social Security , Taxes, Economy / Financial

    President Obama and his party's leaders have suffered a string of bad weeks. Deliberations at the U.S. Supreme Court raised serious questions about whether the president's massive health care takeover could ever be compatible with our constitutional republic of limited and separated powers. The press exposed yet another attempt by his administration to hide the true cost of that takeover until the election by using a slush fund to delay its true consequences for seniors from being felt. And in t... Read more

  • The GOP Budget and America's Future
    Posted in Commentary on March 19, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Entitlements: Health Care / Social Security , Taxes, Economy / Financial

    Less than a year ago, the House of Representatives passed a budget that took on our generation's greatest domestic challenge: reforming and modernizing government to prevent an explosion of debt from crippling our nation and robbing our children of their future. Absent reform, government programs designed in the middle of the 20th century cannot fulfill their promises in the 21st century. It is a mathematical and demographic impossibility. And we said so. We assumed there would be some who would... Read more

  • Government Must Refocus Its Safety Net to Those in Need
    Posted in Commentary on March 5, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Entitlements: Health Care / Social Security , Taxes, Economy / Financial

    Late last year, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a study on changes in the distribution of household income in America from 1979 to 2007. This study offered fresh insight into an intensifying debate in Washington and across America over income inequality—what causes it, how do government policies affect it, and what should policymakers do about it? One underreported conclusion from the CBO study is that shifts in government transfer payments have contributed to increasing inequalit... Read more