Chairman Ryan Statement on the Path to a Responsible Budget Process

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WASHINGTON­—Earlier today, House Republicans announced a path forward on the nation’s near-term budget challenges. The 1974 Congressional Budget Act requires passage of a budget resolution by April 15 each year. Under Senator Harry Reid’s leadership, the Senate has refused to pass a budget for 1,360 days. As the Administration and Congress work through opportunities to cut government spending, there will be no consideration of a long-term debt-ceiling increase unless both the House and the Senate pass a long-term budget plan. The plan also includes a bipartisan proposal to withhold Senators’ salaries if they fail to pass a budget.

In response to the plan outlined by House Republican leaders, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan issued the following statement:

“I stand in strong support of the agreement reached by my colleagues today. Our conference has united around a common-sense proposal. It rests on the recognition that our challenge is twofold: We have to pay our bills today, and we have to make sure we can pay our bills tomorrow. To achieve both ends, we must cut spending and budget responsibly.

“Since taking the majority, House Republicans have done their job. We’ve passed a budget that promotes economic growth and gets spending under control. But for nearly four years, Senate Democrats have refused to pass a budget. Today’s agreement will hold the Senate accountable for this legal and moral failure. Just as April 15 is tax day for American families, it is budget day for Congress. Unless the Senate acts, there will be no consideration of a long-term debt-ceiling increase. I look forward to working with my colleagues—in both houses and in both parties—on this vital issue.”


  1. Frank Hicks

    Jan 18, 2013 at 11:20 am

    If I do no do my job I do no get paid!
    These buffoons, led by Harry Reid have not done their job in almost FOUR years! Not only should they not be paid now, they should have to repay the salaries they’ve earned for said past four years! Along with the expenditures for the perks they have received!
    Then they might really understand what “deficit” spending is all about!
    What a disgraceful lot these people are!

  2. Michael Mossey

    Jan 19, 2013 at 6:27 am

    Our Republic was founded on great principles, as declared in the Declaration of Independence; we fought for and won this independence. So our founding fathers deliberated over and wrote a Constitution for the people and by the people. This Constitution along with the Bill of rights Limited government and gave the citizens control over this government. May i remind you that the founders also stated;
    “The Constitution of most of our states (and of the United States) assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed and that they are entitled to freedom of person, freedom of religion, freedom of property, and freedom of press.” Thomas Jefferson
    “The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil constitution are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors: they purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood, and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men.”
    Samuel Adams
    “Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.”
    — Daniel Webster
    A President is not to proclaim to be a King, nor should his actions presumptuous of this action. The role of a president is to ensure that the country is safe from those who would see it destroyed. His most important job is to ensure that the Constitution is upheld in the highest regards, and that the Federal Government is run in the up most efficiency. His role is not to write laws nor is he to influence laws by selecting staff and or Justices for this purpose. He should not allow himself to be obligated to special interest groups or Lobbyist. His Job is to sign bills or veto these bills and send them back to the Congress. The President should be humble and Place his Love for the country and the Constitution above everything else.
    So I am asking you as a former Navy man and as a Citizen of the State of Mississippi and The United States of America, to please protect our rights as guaranteed to us by our founders through our Constitution.
    Please do not allow this treasonous president from continuing to put aside our rights and from ignoring our Constitution.
    How many more regulations, proclamations, mandates, and executive orders are we going to allow this man to bestow on us.