Ryan's Budget Plan Could Cause Problems Within Both Parties
Alex M. Parker
Paul Ryan's budget plan -- which slashes everything from Medicare to corporate tax codes -- may not sit too well with both Democrats and Republicans
The budget plan, announced Tuesday, would change
Despite the large swath of items the plan touches upon, it would still take nearly 30 years to balance the budget and start paying down the national debt. While it would cut the deficit more than President Obama's budget proposal released earlier this year, it still may provoke some backlash among those hoping for something bolder.
The conservative group
"Balancing the budget within 10 years or less is vital to restoring confidence in America's financial future and to avoid the fate of other nations that are crippled by enormous debt," the organization said in a statement issued last week. "
When asked about the date, Ryan blamed the data crunchers at the
With Democrats sure to oppose the budget in lockstep, Republicans can't afford to lose many of their own. Already, the Republican leadership was forced to sharpen the discretionary budget cuts after more conservative members found them lacking.
The budget resolution doesn't go the president's desk or become law, but it is a crucial step of the often complex formal Congressional budgeting process. For the past several years, it's been overlooked in favor of budget standoffs and last-second deals, and it's also become a valuable political campaign document for both sides of the aisle.
The plan is also enraging Democrats, who say the
"A majority of the Republican conference in the House voted for the [Budget Control Act] as did one half of the Democratic caucus," said
Unlike the bulk of the budget plan, this isn't just for show. If passed by the House, Ryan's budget spending levels would be used in negotiations with the
Ryan claimed that his budget simply took into account the so-called defense sequester -- automatic spending cuts which were triggered in November by the failure of the so-called "Super Committee." His budget would call for those cuts to be spread from defense spending to other areas such as agriculture, with individual committees assigned to find the savings in their own budgets.
"We think it's being honest with people," Ryan said.
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