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Jan 27, 2013

House Budget Chairman Ryan Falsely Claims Will Protect Safety Net

On NBC’s Meet the Press this morning, Republican Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (WI-01) said that Republicans “want to have a safety net… a safety net that's there for the vulnerable, for the poor, for the people who cannot help themselves.”


In reality, Paul Ryan wrote a budget that ends the Medicare guarantee and turns it into a voucher program – and now he and Tea Party Republicans promise to make even more savage cuts to safety net programs.





Paul Ryan’s new budget:


  • Boehner, Ryan gamble on pledge to balance the budget in 10 years. “Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) pledge to back a Republican budget that balances within 10 years raises the political stakes for his party and sets up another major test of his leadership. Democrats eyeing a takeover of the House in 2014 view the move as a gift, since the GOP budget plan will likely make deeper cuts to popular government programs that any leadership-backed blueprint has before.” [The Hill, 1/24/13]


  • House Republicans consider reducing benefits for people in their late 50s. “House Republicans now vow to balance the budget in 10 years without tax hikes. They say the methods might include reducing future benefits for Medicare, and possibly Social Security, for people now in their late 50s, rather than those 55 and younger.” [AP, 1/24/13]


Paul Ryan’s previous budget:


  • Ryan’s 2012 Budget Would Give People Making Over $1 Million Per Year a $265,000 Tax Cut. “New analysis by the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center (TPC) finds that people earning more than $1 million a year would receive $265,000 apiece in new tax cuts, on average, on top of the $129,000 they would receive from the Ryan budget’s extension of President Bush’s tax cuts.” [Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, 3/27/12]


  • Ryan’s 2012 Budget Would Remove Medicare’s Promise While Forcing Seniors to Pay More. “By creating a ‘premium support’ system for future Medicare beneficiaries, the proposal is likely to simply increase costs for beneficiaries while removing Medicare’s promise of secure coverage- a guarantee that future seniors have contributed to through a lifetime of hard work […] the budget proposal would re-open the gap in prescription drug coverage known as the ‘doughnut hole.’ As a result of the health reform law, more than 5.1 million seniors and people with disabilities on Medicare have saved $3.2 billion on prescription drugs…If this budget proposes to repeal the ACA it would negate much needed savings for Medicare beneficiaries just as prescription drug costs continue to rise.” [AARP Letter, 3/21/12]


  • Ryan’s 2012 Budget Would Raise Taxes on Middle Class Families. According to the Joint Economic Committee, the Ryan Budget “would potentially have to eliminate tax expenditures that deliver significant tax benefits to middle-class workers.” The report continues that the elimination of various tax deductions would “increase the tax burden facing middle-class workers: a household making between $50,000 and $100,000 would face a tax increase of at least $1,358.” [Joint Economic Committee, 6/20/12]


  • Ryan Budget Pads Big Oil’s Pockets with Senseless Subsidies. The Center for American Progress reported, “House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) proposed FY 2013 budget resolution would retain a decade’s worth of oil tax breaks worth $40 billion. And his budget would cut billions of dollars from investments to develop alternative fuels and clean energy technologies that would serve as substitutes for oil and help protect middle-class families from volatile energy prices as well as create jobs...” [Center for American Progress, 3/20/12]