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”

Confronted By Furloughed EPA Worker, Ryan Edits Out His Responsibility For The Sequester

Confronted By Furloughed EPA Worker, Ryan Edits Out His Responsibility For The Sequester

By Rebecca Leber on May 3, 2013 at 11:15 am

RACINE, WI — At a town hall meeting on Wednesday, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) was confronted by one of the more than 1 million federal workers affected by across-the-board spending cuts known as sequestration.

David Novak, who works for the Environmental Protection Agency in Wisconsin, confronted Ryan over the impact the sequester is having: For Novak and hundreds of thousands of federal employees, it’s meant shorter hours and less pay. “I’ve already lost $6,000 in pay. I’ve got another 47 hours to lose,” he said. “You’re taking away our pay.”

Ryan’s response to Novak reinvented his long standing position on budget cuts. Not only did Ryan disavow any responsibility for helping create the sequester, he also omitted how his budget plan similarly shrinks the EPA: Continue reading “Confronted By Furloughed EPA Worker, Ryan Edits Out His Responsibility For The Sequester”