In the op-ed, Ryan opens up by highlighting the CBO estimate that the deal he cut with Senate Budget Committee chairwoman Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) would result in at least $20 billion in deficit reduction. “The Bipartisan Budget Act that Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and I drafted will soon become law,” Ryan wrote. “We think it’s a small step toward fiscal discipline in Washington. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimates the bill will reduce the deficit over the next ten years by over $20 billion. And unlike current law, it will provide much-needed relief to our already strained defense budget.”
From Heritage Foundation, by Katie Nielsen, 12/13/13 –
|The short answer: no.The deal, negotiated by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and passed yesterday by the House of Representatives, increases spending and debt without advancing major conservative priorities.Read more about the tax increases in the Ryan-Murray deal.Earlier this fall, Heritage Foundation experts said the budget talks were an opportunity for real fiscal reform:
From CFIF.org, By Timothy H. Lee, August 16 2012 – “Have any of you all met Paul Ryan? We should get him to come to the university. I’m telling you, this guy is amazing.”
That was Erskine Bowles, former White House Chief of Staff during the Clinton Administration. More recently, he co-chaired the Bowles-Simpson deficit commission that Barack Obama appointed but then proceeded to ignore. Perhaps this explains why.
FoxNews.com: Democrats still scarred over the town hall fury that inflamed the health care debate two summers ago and came to symbolize the unpopularity of that legislation are hoping Republicans suffer a similar fate over their deficit-reduction plan that would revamp social safety-net programs.
Democratic lawmakers and their liberal supporters are trying to ignite a storm of protest at town hall meetings being held by Republicans during the current congressional recess that they hope will give them momentum going into the 2012 presidential election season. Continue reading →