Ryan answers questions on the proposed payroll tax extension, the Senate’s failure to budget, and fixing Washington’s broken budget process
Last week, Congressman Paul Ryan spoke with 1st District residents during a telephone town hall meeting. Excerpts of Rep. Ryan’s responses follow:
Passing a Budget on Time & Fixing the Broken Budget Process:
We passed ours by April 15th in the House. The problem is the Senate chose not to pass a budget at all and unfortunately this is the 951st day since they last bothered trying to pass a budget. They didn’t pass a budget last year, they didn’t pass a budget this year, and they’re now telling us that they’re not going to do one next year. And so our government has gone without a budget since 2009. It will be three years if they fail to pass one next year.
We are somewhat helpless because all the House can do is pass its budget, but if the process stops at any one of these points- the House, the Senate, or the two together- then the whole thing breaks down. So tomorrow, I am rolling out ten different reforms through the House Budget Committee that are detailed ways to fix the Budget Act itself to make sure this kind of mismanagement and dysfunction doesn’t happen again. They are bills designed to clean up the budget process, to bring in more accountability and more transparency, and make Congress actually budget.
We have a fiscal crisis on our doorstep and right now, the Senate can just choose not to pass a budget and then the whole system stops. That’s where we are right now. So what I’m now trying to do is pass a budget, which I did and I will again next year, and trying to fix the process that allowed this dysfunction to creep into our system.
The Bipartisan Expedited Line-Item Veto and Rescissions Act:
Preserving Social Security & Eliminating Unnecessary Government Spending: