“The only way we are going to come to an agreement on the budget and the debt ceiling is if [Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell] and his Republican colleagues take the Ryan plan off the table and take it off now,” Mr. Schumer, New York Democrat, said of the budget plan proposed by Mr. Ryan, Wisconsin Republican and chairman of the powerful House Budget Committee.
Speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press,”, Mr. Schumer urged Senate Republicans to ditch the Ryan plan entirely. The proposal failed in a Senate vote last week but garnered the support of all but five Republicans.
“We will oppose them in the budget negotiations if they don’t abandon Ryan,” Mr. Schumer said, adding it will be a “major issue” in the 2012 campaign. If Mr. McConnell and other Republican leaders do not disavow Mr. Ryan’s plan, Mr. Schumer speculated, the Democrats could recapture the House and strengthen their hold in the Senate.
While Mr. McConnell refused to discuss details, he said the status quo is unacceptable to him and the GOP as a whole.
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Ben Wolfgang is a national reporter for The Washington Times. Before coming to the Times, he spent four years as a political reporter in Pennsylvania. His focus is on education and science policy. Ben lives in southeast D.C. and has played guitar in several bands while still in Pennsylvania. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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