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March 12, 2013

Ryan will unveil GOP budget today

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan plans to unveil a budget plan later Tuesday that would save $4.6 trillion over the next decade while imposing no new taxes.

The Wisconsin Republican's plan, which his committee will consider Wednesday, would also change traditional Medicare. After 2024, seniors would have alternatives.

The plan is expected to get virtually no support from Democrats.

Ryan previewed the plan in a Wall Street Journal op-ed.

Among his comments:

"America's national debt is over $16 trillion. Yet Washington can't figure out how to cut $85 billion—or just 2% of the federal budget—without resorting to arbitrary, across-the-board cuts. Clearly, the budget process is broken. In four of the past five years, the president has missed his budget deadline. Senate Democrats haven't passed a budget in over 1,400 days. By refusing to tackle the drivers of the nation's debt—or simply to write a budget—Washington lurches from crisis to crisis.

"House Republicans have a plan to change course. On Tuesday, we're introducing a budget that balances in 10 years—without raising taxes. How do we do it? We stop spending money the government doesn't have. Historically, Americans have paid a little less than one-fifth of their income in taxes to the federal government each year. But the government has spent more.

"So our budget matches spending with income. Under our proposal, the government spends no more than it collects in revenue—or 19.1% of gross domestic product each year. As a result, we'll spend $4.6 trillion less over the next decade."

To read more: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323826704578353902612840488.html


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