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A History Of Paul Ryan’s Attempts To Dismantle Social Security

That House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) supports the privatization of Social Security is well known. Ryan proposed $1.2 trillion in cuts and the partial privatization of Social Security upon taking control of the Budget Committee in 2011, and he has constantly warned about the supposed doom facing the program if major reforms aren’t [...]

Coal Union: GOP Blockage Of Coal Dust Reforms Is ‘A Potential Death Sentence For Thousands Of American Miners’

The Republican Party has taken its anti-regulation frenzy to stunning new levels. In a draft 2013 budget released by the House Appropriations Committee, House Republicans have added language that would prevent the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) from implementing new limits on coal dust — a pollutant contributing to a steep rise in cases [...]

GOP Bill Cuts Funds For Low-Performing Schools, Quadruples Funding For Abstinence Education

House Republicans on the Appropriations Committee released their 2013 draft budget for the Department of Labor, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Education today. “A careful look was given to all programs and agencies in the bill, with the budget knife aimed at excess spending and underperforming programs, but also [...]

House Republicans Continue Effort To Undermine Wall Street Reform By Cutting Regulators’ Budgets

House Republicans on the Appropriations Committee yesterday released their 2013 budget for the nation’s financial market regulators. Under the GOP plan, both the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission would see their budgets finalized at levels far below President Obama’s request, with the CFTC even seeing a real reduction in dollars [...]

House Republicans Work To Scuttle Navy’s ‘Great Green Fleet’

House Republicans are making a full court press to pass a defense budget $8 billion larger than caps set by the Budget Control Act. The House Armed Services Committee’s proposed budget would include pet projects like a $5 billion initiative spread across three years, to build an East Coast missile defense system which the military [...]

GOP Rep Shrugs Off Poll Showing American Public Want Cuts To Military Spending

House Republicans have passed their plan to avoid cuts to the defense budget. And the House Armed Services Committee, under Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon’s (R-CA) leadership, even boosted the budget by $8 billion. Neither Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey nor Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta had requested the larger budget [...]

Republicans Advance Proposal To Undermine Obamacare By Penalizing People Who Get Married

Yesterday, the House Ways & Means Committee — following the instruction included in the House Budget — passed legislation that would require families who qualify for subsidies in the health care exchanges to pay higher taxes if their incomes change mid-year. The change could dissuade people from purchasing insurance, disproportionately impact women (who are more [...]

Alabama Legislator ‘Offended’ By Warnings Of How Severe State Medicaid Cuts Could Hurt Patients

The Alabama House passed a state budget for 2013 that would dramatically shrink the state’s Medicaid budget to about $400 million from $643 million. Before a committee approved the budget last week, state Health Officer Don Williamson warned legislators that this will lead to massive cuts and gave the example of cutting dialysis coverage for [...]

State Medicaid Director Says Alabama’s Committee-Approved Budget Would Let Dialysis Patients Die

Yesterday, the Alabama House’s General Fund budget committee approved a budget for 2013 that’s just under $1.4 billion. To balance the budget, legislators approved drastic cuts public health, and other human services instead of seeking revenue increases, and Medicaid will be particularly hard hit. On top of the $68 million that has already been cut, [...]

GOP Members Face Backlash From Constituents Over Support For House Budget

After House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) released his Medicare-ending budget last spring, he and his fellow Republicans faced tough questions and protests at town hall meetings across the country. Protesters slammed Republican representatives for voting to end Medicare and cut vital safety net programs while slashing taxes for the rich. The House passed [...]

House Republicans Pass Paul Ryan’s Radical Budget

The House of Representatives today passed the radical Republican 2013 budget, authored by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), by a vote of 228-191. The budget would gut the social safety net, but give so much in tax cuts to the rich and corporations that it would still increase the national debt. 10 Republicans joined [...]

GOP Congressman Featured In Paul Ryan’s Budget Video Votes Against Paul Ryan’s Budget

On Monday, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) released a video introducing his budget proposal. In it, Ryan narrates his plan as the video cuts to various shots of Americana, as well as members of Congress examining the budget. At 2:12 in the video, Rep. Reid Ribble (R-WI) discusses the plan with Rep. Tim [...]

GOP Budget Calls For Fire Sale Of Public Lands While Preserving $40 Billion In Tax Breaks To Big Oil

By Jessica Goad, Manager of Research and Outreach, Center for American Progress Action Fund. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) released the GOP budget yesterday morning.  In all the coverage about the  massive shortcomings of the budget, many may have missed the proposal to sell off millions of acres of the public lands that [...]

GOP’s Plan To Reduce The Debt Makes The Debt Worse

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) released the GOP’s new budget this morning, and in doing so, he touted it as a plan to make America’s level of debt more sustainable. “We’ve shared with Americans a specific plan of action that cuts spending, pays off the debt and gets our economy back on the [...]

Democratic Budget Head Slams GOP Budget As ‘Ideological,’ Based On ‘Discredited Theory’

The House Republican budget is based on a flawed ideology and the discredited idea of trickle down economics, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), the ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee, said Tuesday. Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) unveiled the GOP’s budget this morning, revealing that, like last year, it targets steep cuts in [...]

The 5 Worst Things About The House GOP’s Budget

After his last attempt at a budget went down in flames last year, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) unveiled the House GOP’s new budget this morning, painting it as a sensible plan to reform the nation’s tax code and reduce the debt while maintaining entitlement programs like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Yet [...]

House Republican Budget Cuts Could Force Markets Watchdog To Lay Off 8 Percent Of Its Staff

Last week, Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee released a bill that would provide far less funding to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission than the Obama administration requested for 2012. The CFTC — which polices the nation’s commodities markets, including the oil market — was given broad new responsibilities under the Dodd-Frank financial reform law, [...]

Note To The GOP: The Balanced Budget Amendment You’re Voting On Would Make Your Budget Unconstitutional

Our guest blogger is Michael Linden, director of Tax and Budget Policy at the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Here’s a simple question for the 235 House Republicans who voted for House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) budget, and who also plan on supporting an amendment to the U.S. constitution that would mandate [...]

More Than A Quarter Of Americans Would Have Lived In Poverty Last Year Without The Social Safety Net

Republicans in Congress and on the presidential campaign trail have spent much of the year trying to gut social safety net programs vital to the livelihood of America’s poor and elderly citizens. From House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) Medicare-ending budget plan to multiple proposals from the GOP’s presidential candidates, conservatives have sought to [...]

Rep. Adam Smith: GOP Opposition To Tax Increases Will ‘Crucify’ The Defense Budget

Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) took aim at his Republican colleagues on the House Armed Services Committee, warning that GOP opposition to tax increases will inevitably result in big cuts to the defense budget. Smith, speaking on Thursday at the hawkish American Enterprise Institute, said that if committee members don’t engage in the larger budget issues, [...]

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