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GOP Address: Paul Ryan Slams Democrats, Touts 'Path to Prosperity'

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- In this week’s Republican address, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan accuses President Obama and Democratic leaders of overspending and expresses concern about the nation’s economic future.

“As I go around Southern Wisconsin and visit with Americans across the country about the debt and the economy, people often ask: is it too late to save America from a diminished future?

“It’s a difficult question,” Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, says. “[I]t’s one that makes me worry about my children’s future, and I know you’re worried too.”

Noting that this weekend will mark three years since the Democrat-controlled Senate has passed a budget, Ryan says, “This unserious approach to budgeting has dire consequences for American families. The president and his party leaders are now insisting that Washington take trillions of dollars from hardworking Americans in an effort to lock in ever-higher government spending. If we’ve learned anything over the last three years, it’s that this approach won’t work."

The House of Representatives approved Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity” budget resolution last month by a mostly party-line vote. In Saturday morning’s address, Ryan says the House-approved budget would produce economic growth and opportunities, “with bold reforms to the tax code and a credible, principled plan to prevent a debt crisis from ever happening.”

“It would support safe, responsible energy exploration here at home to address high gas prices and it would repeal the president’s health care law, which is making it harder for businesses to hire new workers,” he says.

Following last month’s House vote, the White House said the plan's passing “stands as another example of the Republican establishment grasping onto the same failed economic policies that stacked the deck against the middle class and created the worst financial crisis in decades.”

According to Ryan, the president “is hunkered down in campaign mode, and seems intent on dividing Americans for political gain instead of offering credible solutions to our most pressing fiscal and economic challenges.”

Meanwhile, Democrats in the Senate, Ryan says, are “about to go another year without a budget.”

“By contrast, the Republican-led House has passed a pro-growth budget and nearly 30 jobs bills that are waiting for action in the Senate.  This week, we passed four more bills relating to stopping cyberterrorism – which hurts our economy and costs jobs.  And we’re working to advance the Keystone XL pipeline, which would bring 20,000 jobs to the United States,” Ryan says.

“We will get back on a path to prosperity,” Ryan says. “It is not too late to get this right.  But only with the right leadership in place can we renew the American promise of leaving our children a stronger nation than the one our parents left us.”

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Democrats Want Paul Ryan’s Medicare Reform Plan 'Off the Table'

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- In a letter to Vice President Joe Biden on Monday, five Democratic senators call for the Paul Ryan Medicare reform plan to "remain off the table," as the budget and deficit negotiations over raising the debt ceiling go forward.

"We encourage you to remain unwavering in opposition to this scheme. For the good of the nation’s seniors, it must remain off the table," the Democratic Senators write, "we will never allow any effort to dismantle the program and force benefit cuts upon seniors under the guise of deficit reduction."

The letter has been signed by Senators Bill Nelson (D-FL), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), and Jon Tester (D-MT).

On Thursday Vice President Biden will hold the fifth round of debt talks -- this time on the Hill, rather than in the Blair House.

The administration has come out against the Medicare reforms in the GOP's plan – authored by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, but the Senators on Monday insist that this is a non starter, and stress to the vice president that they must not be a point of negotiation during the continuing debt ceiling talks.

Republicans insist that Medicare reform is very much part of the debt ceiling talks, and many -- including Ryan -- have accused leading Democrats of a "Mediscare" campaign to frighten seniors into thinking his plan strips seniors of their benefits.

Last week House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told ABC News that cuts to seniors' benefits are "absolutely" off the table in the ongoing deficit reduction negotiations but suggested that Congress could improve Medicare by working to eliminate fraud and also by giving the Secretary of Health and Human Services unilateral authority to negotiate for lower prices for the endangered entitlement program.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has said that the Medicare reform plan authored by Ryan would be "on the table" in negotiations.

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'President Pawlenty' Would Sign Paul Ryan's Budget

Mn[dot]gov(WASHINGTON) -- After facing criticism in recent days for sidestepping the issue, Tim Pawlenty on Thursday in New Hampshire said if he were president and Rep. Paul Ryan's budget proposal came to his desk, he would sign it.

The Pawlenty team is circulating the following remarks that the former Minnesota governor made to reporters in the Granite state:

"First of all, I applaud Congressman Ryan for his courage and his leadership in putting his plan forward. At least he has a plan. President Obama doesn't have a plan. The Democrats don't have a plan. And I really applaud his leadership and his courage in putting a plan on the table. Number two, we will have our own plan; it will have many similarities to Congressman Ryan's plan, but it will have some differences, one of which will be we'll address Social Security. He chose not to; we are addressing Social Security. And the Medicare part of our plan will have some differences, too. It will have some similarities also. So we'll have our own plan. But if I can't have my own plan -- as president, I'll have my own plan -- if I can't have that, and the bill came to my desk and I had to choose between signing or not Congressman Ryan's plan, of course I would sign it."

As Pawlenty said Wednesday in Washington and reiterated Thursday in New Hampshire, he is planning to release his own budget proposal, with key differences from Ryan's plan on how to handle Medicare, sometime in the coming months.

Pawlenty is in New Hampshire as part of his week-long whirlwind tour that started in Iowa Monday with his formal announcement that he is running for president.

Ryan's plan -- especially its controversial proposal on how to overhaul Medicare -- has been criticized by some as the reason for the Republicans' defeat earlier this week in the special election in NY-26.

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Bill Clinton to Paul Ryan on Medicare Election: ‘Give Me a Call’

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The day after the stunning upset in the special congressional election in upstate New York, Rep. Paul Ryan is a man under fire. But ABC News was behind the scenes with the Wisconsin Congressman and GOP Budget Committee Chairman when he got some words of encouragement from none other than former President Bill Clinton.

"I told them before you got here, I said I'm glad we won this race in New York," Clinton told Ryan, when the two met backstage at a forum on the national debt held by the Pete Peterson Foundation. But he added, "I hope Democrats don't use this as an excuse to do nothing."

Ryan told Clinton he fears that now nothing will get done in Washington.

"My guess is it's going to sink into paralysis is what's going to happen," Ryan said. "And you know the math. It's just, I mean, we knew we were putting ourselves out there. You gotta start this. You gotta get out there. You gotta get this thing moving."

Clinton told Ryan that if he ever wanted to talk about it, he should "give me a call." Ryan said he would.

Democrats make no bones about why they believe they won in a solidly Republican district -- voter anger at Paul Ryan's controversial plan to restructure Medicare. Ryan was already braced for the attacks from Democrats, telling Fox News Wednesday morning that the election "is a preview of scare tactics, distortions, demagoguery to try to scare seniors into voting for them...The irony of it is we're the ones directly protecting Medicare's current benefits for current seniors."

In an interview with ABC News, Ryan stood by his budget and his proposal to alter Medicare and make it more financially solvent.

"This is not the time to go wobbly," Ryan said. "They (Democrats) are going to run these attack ads at us regardless.  This is a time for leaders to be leaders. This is not a time for us to follow our fears, this is a time to lead because if we don't address our countries fiscal problems we are going to have a debt crisis and the people who are going to get hurt the first and the worst are the people who need government the most, the elderly and the poor."

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Cantor Dismisses 2012 Run, Suggests Paul Ryan Mount Campaign

FIle photo. (ABC News)(WASHINGTON) -- House Majority Leader Eric Cantor unequivocally shut the door on a “Cantor for President” 2012 campaign Monday, but urged another top House Republican – Rep. Paul Ryan - to launch his own run for the GOP nomination.

“Sure,” Cantor answered when asked if Ryan, a seven-term lawmaker, should get into the race. “Paul’s about real leadership. I think that’s what this public so desperately wants to do right now is they want to see Washington that will lead. They don’t want to see individuals that dismiss the current problem that’s something that we can just sweep under the rug.”

Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget committee, has received both cheers and jeers from some contenders for the GOP nomination, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who started off his own candidacy on a rocky note last week by attacking the Ryan budget as “right-wing social engineering,” only to quickly walk back on those comments amid a firestorm of disapproval from prominent conservatives, including Cantor.

When asked whether support for Ryan’s "Path to Prosperity" budget reform would be a prerequisite for candidates seeking the nomination, Cantor said that candidates entering the 2012 race should “embrace a leadership role that takes the tough positions” and suggested that Ryan had demonstrated those qualities through his controversial plan to reduce the deficit by taking on entitlement reform.

The “Path to Prosperity," which passed the House on April 15, is likely to be a political lightening rod in the 2012 election, with Democrats up and down the ticket already fiercely pounding at the plan they say would “end Medicare as we know it.”

“Our field is a field that still has a lot of time. I think the candidates who are in the race are strong candidates. It is early still. These campaigns will begin to focus as the primary season nears,” Cantor added. “The choice is going to be: are you for more government and more taxes, or are you for more growth and more jobs? That’s going to be the choice, so candidates that want to embrace that – all in.”

Ryan, who last week decided against running for Wisconsin’s open Senate seat, appeared on NBC's Meet the Press Sunday and flatly rejected a potential bid for the White House as well.

Asked whether he would consider mounting a “Cantor for President” campaign, the No. 2 House Republican emphatically rejected the idea.

“Absolutely not,” Cantor, a six-term lawmaker, deadpanned. “I have no intention or desire to run.”

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Rep. Levin: Ryan Budget 'Turns Back the Clock 50, 60 Years'

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The decision from Standard & Poor's on Monday to downgrade the outlook for U.S. debt amounted to a shot across Washington’s bow, a statement as much about politics as it is about economics.

The top Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee said he hopes it will send a signal to Republicans that they can’t threaten not to raise the nation’s debt ceiling.

“I think it's very clear. Don't play games with the debt ceiling,” Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich, told ABC News on Monday. “We have to act. We can't tie it to anything because if our credit goes bad, it has catastrophic implications. Look what happened to the stock market already. And if we continue to try and tread and try to combine it with other things we're really playing with fire. Don't do it. That's my message to the Republicans.”

Levin also attacked House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget, which was approved on a party-line vote in the House last week.

“The Ryan budget is irresponsible. It tries to turn back the clock on 50, 60 years of what made middle-income America in terms of health care, in terms of pensions,” Levin said. “And I think there's a deep divide. The president made it clear: Do we have one America or many Americas?”

“They say they're going to save Medicare. They should be honest. They want to do away with it.”

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House Passes Ryan Budget Proposal; Senate Not Expected to Join

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -– The House passed Budget Chairman Paul Ryan's 2012 "Path to Prosperity" budget resolution in a divided vote Friday afternoon, slashing trillions from the budget over the next decade, but angering Democrats with a controversial plan to transform Medicare.

The resolution passed 235-189, with no House Democrats supporting its passage. Just four House Republicans -- Reps. Walter Jones, David McKinley, Ron Paul and Denny Rehberg -- opposed the bill.

Rep. Ryan, who is from Wisconsin, unveiled the "Path to Prosperity" earlier this month. Democrats dubbed it the "Road to Ruin."

The plan would cut spending by $6.2 trillion over the next 10 years, compared to spending levels in the president's 2012 budget request. Ryan's plan also reduces deficits by $4.4 trillion, but takes decades to balance the budget.

Republicans say the plan would save money by changing the Medicaid system, ending corporate welfare, privatizing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and reducing discretionary spending below 2008 levels. And, over the long term, the GOP plan would transform the nation's Medicare program, changing it from a government-run system that pays seniors' health bills into a system where seniors buy insurance plans subsidized by the federal government.

Boehner said Ryan's budget proposal is "a serious step in the right direction."

The House now adjourns for a two-week recess, and many members say they're anticipating a vibrant debate on the looming debt crisis in their districts.

The bill is not expected to pass in the Senate.

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Rep. Paul Ryan: Budget Deal a Start, More Work to Do

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., acknowledged that the 2011 budget agreement reached by Democrats and Republicans on Friday was a good first step toward improving America’s future, but he said that there’s still more to do to get Americans back to work.

“Uncertainty is keeping job creators from hiring as fast as they should be,” Ryan said in this week’s Republican address. “Businesses know that all this borrowing and spending today means higher taxes and lower incomes for their customers down the road.”

After long and hard-fought negotiations, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle were able to strike a deal at the last minute, avoiding what would have been the government's 18th shutdown.

Congressional leaders agreed on a short-term Continuing Resolution to keep the government functioning through Thursday while details of a long-term deal are ironed out.

In a joint statement, House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the agreement would cut $78.5 billion below President Obama's 2011 budget proposal. The short-term bridge, party leaders said, will cut the first $2 billion of the total savings.

“Republicans made a pledge that we would work to change this if given the opportunity to lead,” Ryan said, referring to the president’s spending proposal. “Since January we've been urging President Obama to listen to the people and work with us to reduce spending.”

In recent weeks, congressional leaders failed to agree on what cuts ought to be made to the federal budget, like whether or not to eliminate $363 million in federal funding to women's health care centers, including Planned Parenthood.

Some of the attention now turns to the 2012 budget. Rep. Ryan this week proposed what he called a “Path to Prosperity,” a Republican spending plan that he says “is more than just a budget.”

“This budget is a jobs budget,” Ryan said in the GOP address. “It sends signals to investors, entrepreneurs and job creators that a brighter future is still possible – a future in which America is still an engine of growth that leads the world.”

The Republican proposal would cut the budget deficit by roughly $5 trillion over the next 10 years, completely overturn the new health care law and aim to reform Medicaid and Medicare.

Alice Rivlin, a former White House budget director in President Clinton's administration who worked with Ryan on a Medicare plan, says she doesn't support Ryan's plan in its current form.

"The basic problem with the Ryan plan is that it's a spending cut only plan. It has no new revenues," she said.

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