Rep. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican and Budget Committee chairman, talks with reporters after joining members of the party leadership in their response to President Obama's 2012 budget-plan speech on Wednesday. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Rep. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican and Budget Committee chairman, talks with reporters after joining members of the party leadership in their response to President Obama's 2012 budget-plan speech on Wednesday. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)