Campaign 2010

Jul 17, 2011

FACT CHECK: True! Jim Jordan Claims That ‘Cut, Cap and Balance’ “mirrors” Ryan Budget

Today on Fox News Sunday, Congressman Jim Jordan, Chair of the Republican Study Committee, claimed that the new Republican “Cut, Cap and Balance” plan “mirrors the budget proposal that passed the House earlier this year.”


He’s right.


This new Republican plan would enact the same controversial Republican Budget authored by Republican Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan that would end Medicare in order to protect taxpayer giveaways for Big Oil companies and tax breaks for millionaires. From polls to town hall meetings, that plan was widely rejected by the American people.


Cut, Cap and Balance is the same as the Republican Budget:

  • Cut, Cap and Balance Will Force Deep Cuts to Social Security and Medicare. “The measure does not cut Social Security or Medicare in 2012.  And it does not subject them to automatic cuts if its global spending caps are missed.  It is inconceivable, however, that policymakers would meet the bill’s severe annual spending caps through automatic across-the board cuts year after year; if they did, key government functions would be crippled. Policymakers would have little alternative but to institute deep cuts in specific programs. […] Reaching and maintaining a balanced budget in the decade ahead while barring any tax increases would necessitate deep cuts in Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.”  [Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 7/16/11]


  • Balanced Budget Amendment Would End the Medicare Guarantee and Slash Services While Giving a Tax Break for the Wealthy. “The balanced budget constitutional amendment (H. J. Res. 1) recently approved by the Judiciary Committee is a masquerade designed to foster the policy choices of the Republican budget: to end the Medicare guarantee for seniors and slash vital services while providing tax breaks for the wealthy.  This balanced budget amendment would have dire consequences on the economy, on Medicare and other government guarantees to our citizens, and on Congress’s ability to respond to changing needs.” [Democratic House Committee on the Budget, 6/27/11]


Republican Budget Was Rejected by Voters:


  • CNN Poll: Majority gives thumbs down to Republican Medicare Plan. “A new national poll indicates that a majority of Americans don't like what they've heard so far about congressional Republicans' plans to change Medicare. […] The poll indicates that 58 percent of the public opposes the Republican plan on Medicare, with 35 percent saying they support the proposal. The survey's Wednesday release comes as the president met with House Republicans to discuss, among other things, Medicare reform.” [CNN, 6/1/11]


  • Paul Ryan Said Town Halls Concerning His Budget Were Larger than 2009 Health Care Town Halls. While hosting a series of town halls in the district, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan said that the crowds were larger than those during the August 2009 health care town hall sessions. “The people in the crowd largely opposed the Ryan plan, holding signs such as ‘RyanCare = Dying Bare,’ ‘Leave Medicare Alone’ or simply, ‘Save Medicare!’” [Politico, 4/26/11]


  • Outrage and Anger at Town Hall meetings. In the last few weeks, voters spoke out at town hall meetings in opposition to this controversial Republican plan.


  • House G.O.P. Members Face Voter Anger Over Budget [New York Times, 4/26/11]
  • House Republicans face backlash at home over budget plan [LA Times, 4/23/11]
  • Republican Lawmakers Face Angry, Confused Constituents on Medicare, Budget Cuts [ABC News, 4/25/11]
  • Republicans in Swing Districts Take Heat for Supporting Ryan's Medicare Plan [National Journal, 4/25/11]