Mr. Forgetful strikes again

Mr. Forgetful strikes again

By Steve Benen – Fri May 3, 2013 4:05 PM EDT

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House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) hosted a town-hall meeting in his district this week, and heard from a constituent who works for the Environmental Protection Agency. Racine resident David Novak explained that, thanks to the sequestration cuts, he’s lost thousands of dollars in income for no reason, and he’s set to lose even more.

The constituent wanted an explanation. Ryan tried to give him one.

“This was is something the president has done through the Budget Control Act. We didn’t like it so we passed two bills to replace it. Twice. I passed a bill twice. I passed a bill in December that said instead of doing the sequester, here’s how the government should cut to pay for it. They rejected it. Continue reading “Mr. Forgetful strikes again”

U.S. House Committee on the Budget – The Budget Control Act of 2011

The Budget Control Act of 2011

Description of Updates to the Legislation
July 27, 2011

The Budget Control Act has been updated to make certain that House Republicans fulfill their pledge to cut spending more than we increase the debt limit.  Congressional Budget Office numbers confirm that the updated legislation adheres to this pledge: no new taxes; no blank check for the President; spending cuts greater than the size of the debt limit increase. Continue reading “U.S. House Committee on the Budget – The Budget Control Act of 2011”

Paul Ryan: Obama 2nd term ‘won’t be pretty’

Paul Ryan: Obama 2nd term ‘won’t be pretty’

Paul Ryan (left) and President Obama (right) are shown in this composite photo. | AP Photo

Ryan says Obama’s agenda will lead to ‘health-care price controls and rationing.’ | AP Photo

By DAVID ROGERS | 1/26/13 12:35 PM EST

Holding out little hope of compromise, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan predicted Saturday that the nation will face “tepid growth and deficits” under President Barack Obama and Republicans must prudently “buy time” and “keep the bond markets at bay — for the sake of our people.”

The Wisconsin Republican and 2012 vice presidential candidate made his remarks before the National Review Institute in a speech titled “The Principle of Prudence and the Conservative Renewal.” But most striking was the grim tone and almost total absence of any confidence that progress can be made between the two political parties in the budget process this year. Continue reading “Paul Ryan: Obama 2nd term ‘won’t be pretty’”

At The Vice Presidential Debate: Ryan Told 24 Myths In 40 Minutes | ThinkProgress

At The Vice Presidential Debate: Ryan Told 24 Myths In 40 Minutes | ThinkProgress.

At The Vice Presidential Debate: Ryan Told 24 Myths In 40 Minutes

Paul Ryan spoke for 40 of the 90 minutes during Thursday night’s vice presidential debate and managed to tell at least 24 myths during that time:

1) “It took the president two weeks to acknowledge that [the Libya attack] was a terrorist attack.” Obama used the word “terrorism” to describe the killing of Americans the very next day at the Rose Garden. “No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for,” Obama said in a Rose Garden statement on September 12.

2) “The administration was blocking us every step of the way. Only because we had strong bipartisan support for these tough [Iran] sanctions were we able to overrule their objections and put them in spite of the administration.” Even the Israeli President has effusively praised President Obama’s leadership on getting American and international sanctions on Iran, which have significantly slowed Iran’s progress. Continue reading “At The Vice Presidential Debate: Ryan Told 24 Myths In 40 Minutes | ThinkProgress”

Biden dominates with sharp performance

By Niall Stanage – 10/11/12 11:53 PM ET

Vice President Biden was the dominant figure in Thursday night’s vice presidential debate with Mitt Romney’s running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). But whether that will help or hinder the Democratic ticket in its battle to retain the White House remains to be seen.

A combative, energetic performance from Biden — replete with sharp jabs at Ryan and regular outbursts of dismissive laughter — was the key ingredient of the night and seemed likely to drive the discussion in the aftermath.  Continue reading “Biden dominates with sharp performance”

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