Paul Ryan is stepping up to the proverbial plate in negotiations within the troubled government on the two impending crises in our great nation, according to Fox News.
He is proposing a plan to increase federal debt that is tied largely to simplifying the tax code, to make enough changes to Medicare to offset cuts to domestic spending and defense programs, and a solid promise from Senate Democrats and President Obama to continue talks about reopening the federal government, among other fiscal issues.
Ryan seems to have support from establishment Republicans, as well as conservative Republicans. He also has a good working relationship with Democratic Sen. Patty Murray, chairwoman of the Senate Budget Committee, with whom he has yet to meet on the fiscal issues. Eventually, he will likely negotiate with her.
“I'm working to get a budget agreement,” Ryan told a group of conservative meeting this weekend in Washington. “We need to completely rethink government’s role in helping the most vulnerable. … That means we can never give up on repealing and replacing ObamaCare.”
His remarks reassured Tea party Conservatives, who were gathered at the Values Voter Summit over the weekend, that his stance on Obamacare has not changed. His recent op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal seemed to insinuate that he had abandoned the defunding of the Affordable Care Act.
Failure to increase the debt limit within roughly the next week would result in the country defaulting on its debt for the first time in history. The partial government shutdown started October 1st, and has yet to show hope of a solution.
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