Republicans say Ryan budget can pass House despite Tea Party

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House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy walks into a meeting with the House Republican Conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 13, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy walks into a meeting with the House Republican Conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 13, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House of Representatives Republican leaders on Wednesday predicted passage of a budget blueprint offered by Representative Paul Ryan, despite criticism from conservative Tea Party activists who said the plan would not eliminate federal deficits quickly enough.

"It'll pass," said Republican Representative Kevin McCarthy, the No. 3 Republican in the House who, as Majority Whip, is responsible for rounding up votes for legislation.

The Ryan plan, which proposes deep cuts to healthcare, social safety net and other domestic programs in order to reach a small surplus by 2024 while boosting defense spending, could face resistance from the most conservative Republicans in the House.

"I'm still reviewing it. That's the most I can say right now," said Representative Justin Amash, a libertarian Republican from Michigan, when asked if he would support the plan from Ryan, who chairs the House Budget Committee.

Amash was one of 62 Republicans who voted against a short-term budget deal negotiated last year by Ryan and Democratic Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray, which lifted discretionary spending slightly.

With all House Democrats expected to oppose Ryan's latest budget plan, only 16 Republican "no" votes would cause it to fail.

Ryan's budget has no chance of passing the Democratic-controlled Senate. But for the November congressional elections, it will serve as a manifesto of Republican priorities - a plan the party will use to draw contrasts with Democratic President Barack Obama's push to trim federal spending more gradually, boost taxes on the wealthy and increase protections for lower- and middle-class Americans.


Some leaders in the conservative Tea Party movement voiced their dissatisfaction as the plan was unveiled on Tuesday.

Jenny Beth Martin, head of Tea Party Patriots, criticized Ryan's budget for merely slowing federal spending and doing too little to shrink the $17.5 trillion national debt.

"In truth, Congress is digging America's financial grave and the solution is not to dig slower but to stop digging - period," Martin said in a statement issued on Wednesday.

Tea Party icon Sarah Palin also chimed in, saying in a post on her Facebook page that Ryan's budget pushes off balancing too far into the future.

"Holy Moly, are you kidding?" Palin wrote. "The latest Ryan (R, Wisconsin) budget is not an April Fool's joke. But it really is a joke because it is still not seeing the problem; it still is not proposing reining in wasteful government overspending today."

Two conservative groups that tend to have more direct influence on Congress, Heritage Action and Club For Growth, so far have not commented on the Ryan budget.

House Speaker John Boehner, asked if it was possible to design a budget that would cut spending enough to satisfy Tea Party groups, said emphatically: "No. No. You know if we want to make perfect the enemy of the good every day, we'd never get anything done here."

He said Ryan's budget was "essentially the same" as budgets passed by Republicans the past four years and Democrats were ignoring the growth of federal debt and "whistling past the graveyard".

"We've been responsible for last four years in putting forward our vision, and we're going to do it again," Boehner said.

The Republican-controlled House Budget Committee is expected to pass Ryan's budget late on Wednesday night, clearing the way for a House floor vote later this month.

(Editing by Eric Walsh)

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Comments (15)
SunnyDaySam wrote:
Keep in mind, House Speaker John Boehner was in office the whole bush/GOP ‘lost decade’, along with Ryan, Cantor, etc. You have to ask, ‘why are they so concerned with the debt the moment We elected Obama?’ and not before, when they rubber-stamped two trillion+ unfunded wars, among everything else that gave us the meltdown? Republicons are losers!

Apr 02, 2014 4:54pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
morbas wrote:
The present tax structure favors wage disparity, by taxing subsistence wage.
One issue I have is that consumers pay business burdens through product cost overhead. The executives are allowed huge profits, which are relatively untaxed, and that are a major business burden. This an incentive for wealth disparity, that can be self regulated by a graduated taxation at margin above subsistence wage. The Income Tax Act of 1913 represents the best approach of combining all income into a non-exempt graduated tax base. This was sufficient to generate a roaring twenties economic plateau. Separation of Corporate and State is needed to shield against oligarch subversion of the peoples Democracy.

USA tax structure is the fault and an obstacle to worldly potential. Transaction tax code imposes disproportionate burden at the most fundamental rights of liberty, justice. Any encumbrance on sustenance is contrary to equality in the ’pursuit of happiness’. Debt and deficit is simply insufficient revenue. We can nationalize the tax code eliminating all other taxation, immediately balancing the budget(s), through a margin graduated income tax principle.

To: Office of Senator ____________________
United States Senate Washington,
D.C. 20510

To: Office of Representative_________________________
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

We the people of this United States do proclaim this federal government ‘of, by and for the people’. That, in order to fairly distribute revenue burden, to satisfy ‘net income’ progressive taxation, to balance all governments budgets, and to not tax poverty;
The people mandate:
Income National Tax code that shall use margin graduated income tax principle: Margin $30k 0% single, $60K 0% joint, income above this a linear increasing rate {Income-[$30k or $60k])*(Income/$800k)*90%; 90% limit} . Exemptions shall be prohibited. The Federal Reserve shall amend the (90%) rate, and control currency printing mandated to maintaining currency availability and value. The Federal Reserve shall set the Margin rate value well (>2x) above highest of all State Poverty Level(s). Revenue shall be proportioned 1/3rd Federal,1/3rd State proportioned per cast ballot and 1/3rd Local proportioned per cast ballot.
This National Tax is a peoples tax, no other citizen taxation shall be permitted. Business shall not be taxed. The Federal Reserve shall control taxation. The people will by simple majority approve or reject all margin and rate changes at every Congressional House Representative election year ballot.

Use Linear Interpolation between points.
Joint Income
$60k-yr 0%
$100k-yr 5%
$200k-yr 16%
$300k-yr 27%
$500k-yr 50%
$800k-yr 90%


Apr 02, 2014 5:09pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SO in other words according to the ‘tea-party’ fanatics, the draconian cuts that Ryan proposes are not draconian enough, these people are certifiable!

Apr 02, 2014 5:16pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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