Ryan Response to Mischaracterizations of his "Roadmap" Plan
Friday, February 05, 2010
Congressman Paul Ryan said the following:
“I welcome a robust debate on how best to save our fiscal future. In fact, spurring this debate is one of the key reasons I introduced my own plan, A Roadmap for America’s Future. But as President Obama noted, it is politically difficult for anyone to propose real reforms for our largest and least sustainable entitlement programs, because attempts to do so will almost immediately be mischaracterized and demagogued for political gain.
“Regrettably, this appears to be what is happening now with my Roadmap plan. Clearly, both parties share in responsibility for our nation’s unsustainable fiscal and economic path; and both parties must be held accountable for correcting it. As one Member of the Minority party in the House of Representatives, I have offered a plan that puts the budget and economy on a sustainable path, according to the Congressional Budget Office. It was my hope that it would lead to a constructive debate about solutions – not partisan attacks and false claims – to a problem America must address.”
Below is additional information on Ryan’s Roadmap plan and the upcoming Congressional budget process.
A Roadmap for America’s Future (H.R. 4529) is a legislative reform proposal offered by Congressman Paul Ryan. It is not the Republican budget. Over the next month or so -- after CBO provides Congress with a scoring of the President’s budget (usually takes about 4-6 weeks after the President submits his budget) -- the House Budget Committee will develop a budget for the Federal Government, called a “budget resolution.” When that resolution reaches the House floor, House Republicans will have the opportunity to offer their own budget alternative (assuming the Majority rules it in order). There is a budget tutorial on the House Budget Committee website which explains the process.
In short, characterizations of Ryan’s Roadmap plan as the Republican Budget are false. As is always the case, Ryan will work with his colleagues on the Budget Committee, the Republican Leadership, and other Members of the Republican Caucus to craft the Republican budget alternative to the Majority’s budget.
It is of interest, however, that instead of talking about the President’s budget – which OMB Director Orszag himself has characterized as “unsustainable” -- many are attempting to divert attention. They are using scare tactics, and blatantly false statements, to mischaracterize Ryan’s Roadmap – a real plan to tackle our nation’s greatest domestic challenges.
Here are few fact checks: