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Topic - Paul D. Ryan
The chairman of the House budget committee said Saturday that President Obama's second term will show that the benefits of his agenda "are far less than advertised" and will open the door for Republicans to show voters that "given the chance, we can govern."
Sen. Marco Rubio, the son of Cuban immigrants and a rapidly rising star in the Republican Party, emerged this weekend as the clear favorite potential vice presidential pick of conservative activists, according to two polls sponsored by The Washington Times.
The Bowles-Simpson deficit-reduction plan went down to a crushing defeat in the House late Wednesday night in a vote that damages the one bipartisan proposal that just a few months ago had seemed like a possible solution to the country's debt woes.
A new report says the national debt is on pace to equal the annual size of the economy within a decade, levels that could provoke a European-style debt crisis unless policymakers in Washington can slam the brakes on spiraling deficits.
Sen. Charles E. Schumer on Sunday had some political advice for his Republican counterparts: Throw Rep. Paul D. Ryan overboard.
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul D. Ryan pushed back Wednesday against critics eager to cast the result of Tuesday's special election in New York as a stiff rebuke of his plan to curb the cost of Medicare.
Democrat Kathy Hochul pulled off a stunning, come-from-behind victory Tuesday night in New York's 26th Congressional District in a race that was billed as a proxy fight over the GOP's plans to change Medicare.
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels joined the march of would-be GOP presidential hopefuls offstage Sunday in a dead-of-night decision that put his supporters in play and muddled the fight for front-runner status against President Obama.
The early action was supposed to be in the competitive Republican primary. But the White House and its allies aren't sitting on the sidelines in South Carolina.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Thursday he'll use "cheerful persistence" to overcome the bumps that marked the first formal week of his campaign.
Rep. Paul D. Ryan said Sunday he would have a decision within days on whether he will seek the Senate seat from Wisconsin being vacated by retiring Sen. Herb Kohl.
House Speaker John A. Boehner said Sunday he is ready to strike a deal with the White House on raising the nation's debt limit but questioned whether President Obama was serious about tackling the issue.
The fate of the GOP House Budget plan that easily passed the chamber last week grows far murkier as budget talks proceed to the Senate, where the controlling Democrats have little enthusiasm for the bill's aim to cut government spending by almost $6 trillion during the next decade.
The House on Friday passed a Republican budget blueprint for the 2012 fiscal year that aims to reduce government spending by $5.8 trillion during the next decade through a series of program cuts, entitlement reforms, tax-code overhauls and a repeal of the 2010 health care law.
Republicans are pressing ahead with one of the most ambitious and risky long-term spending agendas in memory, yet the dozen or so potential White House hopefuls are nearly invisible on the issue.
"With this budget, the President and the Democratic Majority are attempting - very quickly, and rather openly - nothing less than the third and final great wave of government expansion, building on the New Deal and the Great Society," said Rep. Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, the top Republican on the House Budget Committee.
He said Congress should start cutting spending now instead of raising debt limits and making rules for the future.