December 12, 2013 |
After the ineptitude and intransigence on display in October's government shutdown, congressional leaders had nowhere to go but up. And so they have, modestly. Top members of the House and Senate budget committees struck a deal this week that would set funding limits for the federal government through September 2015, averting some cuts to defense and domestic priorities without increasing the deficit. Although the details are disappointing, it's noteworthy and welcome that a leading Senate liberal and a House conservative found a common path forward, even if it's not an ambitious one. The deal negotiated by Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.)
December 11, 2013 |
Here's what counts as success in Washington these days: a budget deal that almost everyone hates and that doesn't solve any of the country's major problems. The spending bill that Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) unveiled Tuesday evening has something for everyone to dislike. It won't cut federal spending or shrink the national debt, so conservative Republicans don't like it. It won't restore much money for domestic programs or extend unemployment insurance, so Democrats don't like it either.
October 9, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) waded into the thick of the debt-limit debate, calling for a swift compromise between House Republicans and President Obama. But his proposals have already sparked conservative ire. Ryan, in an opinion piece published online by the Wall Street Journal Tuesday night, called for the two sides to “find common ground.” “We need to open the federal government. We need to pay our bills today - and make sure we can pay our bills tomorrow,” he wrote, ending his public silence on the issue.
October 9, 2013 |
Rep. Paul D. Ryan, the former Republican vice presidential candidate, has been a tea party favorite and a bridge between House conservatives and the party leadership ever since he took the lead in crafting a plan to scale back Medicare and other social programs to reduce federal spending. But on Wednesday, when Ryan (R-Wis.) stepped forward to try to bring Republican factions together behind a strategy to end the government's latest budget stalemate, some of the same conservatives who once trusted him went cold.
September 25, 2013 |
As a filibuster against Obamacare, it was a flop. But as the opening salvo in a presidential campaign, Sen. Ted Cruz's 21-hour (more or less) talkathon Tuesday and Wednesday worked just fine. And that, after all, was the point of Cruz's tilting at windmills. After vowing to speak against Obamacare until he couldn't stand, Cruz sat on Wednesday morning. Then, the Senate voted 100-0 (yep, that means our guy Cruz too) to move ahead on a spending plan to keep the government running.
June 7, 2013 |
PARK CITY, Utah - One of the intents of Mitt Romney's Park City, Utah, confab for his major presidential donors was to give them an up-close-and-personal look at the potential candidates to be the Republican party's next presidential nominee in 2016. A way to do that was to take part in a series of sports excursions early Friday. More than 20 conference attendees went skeet shooting with 2012 vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan Friday morning, while others golfed with Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul.
April 22, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The divide within the Republican Party over immigration reform was on full view Monday, as top party leaders made a case for overhauling the laws even as conservative senators argued that the Boston bombings showed the need to go slow. Momentum appeared to be on the side of the reformers. They have amassed an unusually robust alliance of business, labor and faith leaders that on Monday included the head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who said "now is the time" to fix the immigration system.
April 10, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- President Obama argued for “manageable” changes to Medicare and other social safety net programs as he released his budget proposal, a plan aimed at staking out the middle ground in the stalled deficit reduction talks. “If we want to preserve the ironclad guarantee that Medicare represents, then we're going to have to make some changes. But they don't have to be drastic ones,” Obama said in remarks in the Rose Garden on Wednesday morning. “And instead of making drastic ones later, what we should be doing is making some manageable ones now.” Obama's remarks intended to draw a contrast with House Republicans' budget proposal, fashioned by Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, which would balance the federal budget in 10 years in part by transforming Medicare into a voucher-style system and cutting government spending on Medicaid.
March 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The austere House budget drafted by Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) that has come to define the Republican Party was approved Thursday on a strict party-line vote, as the GOP argues that a balanced budget should now be Washington's top goal. The blueprint is merely a proposal, without the force of law, but its overhaul of the Medicare program and steep reductions to other social safety net spending serves as the GOP's opening salvo in renewed budget negotiations with President Obama.
March 14, 2013
One criticism of the Medicare overhaul that House Budget Committee Chairman Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) has championed is that it would shift more and more of the program's costs onto seniors. In the latest version of his plan, Ryan acknowledges that capping the growth of the program could, in fact, make health insurance more expensive for some retirees. But that's part of the point of the change, which would concentrate Medicare spending on the poorest and sickest seniors. This page has argued that Ryan's overhaul goes too far, threatening Medicare's fundamental promise of affordable health insurance for all seniors.