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Mar 12, 2013

Republicans Oppose the Ryan Budget

Republican Budget Chairman Paul Ryan is set to unveil another draconian budget today at the demand of Tea Party House Republicans. The last time the party introduced this budget 10 House Republicans opposed it. Prominent Republicans have spoken out against this budget and even Presidential candidate Mitt Romney refused to embrace it.

Even in the face of opposition from the country and his own party, Congressman Ryan is expected to release a budget that ends the Medicare guarantee and sticks seniors with the bill.

Take a look for yourself.

Governor Romney Won’t Endorse Ryan Budget. Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney was unwilling to wholeheartedly endorse the Ryan budget that Republican leaders are again pushing forward. [Politico, 8/11/12; Huffington Post, 8/11/12]

Speaker Gingrich Called Ryan’s Medicare Proposal “Right-Wing Social Engineering.” “Presidential contender Newt Gingrich took a potshot Sunday at Republican House Budget Chairman Paul D. Ryan’s proposal to reform Medicare, becoming the most prominent Republican to distance himself from the plan. […] “I don’t think right-wing social engineering is any more desirable than left-wing social engineering,” Gingrich scoffed in an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press." [Los Angeles Times, 5/15/11]

Reagan Budget Chief Calls Ryan Plan “a Fairy Tale” and “Devoid of Credible Math.” Former President Ronald Reagan’s OMB director attacked Ryan’s budget. “The Ryan Plan boils down to a fetish for cutting the top marginal income-tax rate for “job creators” — i.e. the superwealthy — to 25 percent and paying for it with an as-yet-undisclosed plan to broaden the tax base. Of the $1 trillion in so-called tax expenditures that the plan would attack, the vast majority would come from slashing popular tax breaks for employer-provided health insurance, mortgage interest, 401(k) accounts, state and local taxes, charitable giving and the like, not to mention low rates on capital gains and dividends. […] In short, Mr. Ryan’s plan is devoid of credible math or hard policy choices.” [New York Times, 8/13/12

Former Congressman Connie Mack (FL) Called Ryan’s Plan a Joke. “I was here in Florida campaigning," Mack said Saturday, according to an undisputed quote reported by the conservative Florida Political Press. "You know that budget was a joke, doesn’t balance the budget for years.” [Miami Herald, 4/05/12]

Congressman Denny Rehberg (MT-AL): “a Republican budget plan that could harm the Medicare programs so many of Montana’s seniors rely on.” [New York Times, 6/22/12]

Congressman David McKinley (WV-01): Wrote that the Ryan plan would “privatize Medicare for future retirees, raise the retirement age and keep in place the Medicare cuts included in last year’s health care bill. The Congressional Budget Office determined the plan would nearly double out-of-pocket healthcare costs for future retirees.” [New York Times, 6/22/12]

David McKinley (WV-01) Refused to Vote for Ryan’s Plan. “I can't support a plan that cuts Medicare, removes widely-used tax credits for homeowners and health care, and still doesn't balance the budget for 28 years." [State Journal, 3/30/12]

Senator Olympia Snowe (ME): “I have deep and abiding concerns about the approach on Medicare, which is essentially to privatize it.” [Press Herald, 2/24/11]

Senator Susan Collins (ME): “I think the Ryan approach of turning it into a voucher program is not the best approach.” [Press Herald, 2/24/11]

Senator Scott Brown (MA): opposed the Ryan budget because he “was concerned that the provision to give seniors subsidies instead of traditional Medicare benefits would force them to pay more for medical care.” [Boston Globe, 8/14/13]

Senate Republican Chambliss (GA):  “Republican U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss said the House’s 2012 budget proposal put together by fellow Republican Paul Ryan won't work because it relies too heavily on spending cuts and doesn’t raise tax revenue to help cut the deficit. “It’s just not going to work,” Chambliss, of Georgia, said in a speech today to the Rotary Club in Atlanta.” [Bloomberg News, 4/11/10]