Congressman Paul Ryan http://wfpl.org en Congressman Thomas Massie Breaks from GOP, Votes Against Ryan Budget Plan http://wfpl.org/post/congressman-thomas-massie-breaks-gop-votes-against-ryan-budget-plan <p>Kentucky Fourth District Congressman Thomas Massie bucked his Republican Party leaders and voted against the GOP-basked 2014 budget because it isn't conservative enough.</p><p>The GOP-controlled House narrowly approved the spending plan authored by Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin by a 221-207 vote on Thursday.</p><p>Conservative supporters had highlighted the cuts to corporate tax rates and slashing $6.4 trillion from the deficit over the next decade as reasons to support the idea.</p><p>However, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/11/paul-ryan-budget-wsj_n_2857146.html">Ryan's plan still raises federal spending by 3.4 percent annually</a>. GOP leaders had said that would be offset by economic growth.</p><p>But for the Tea Party-backed Massie that amount was too much. He told WFPL in a telephone interview he came to Washington reduce spending—not increase it—adding Ryan's proposal is nearly twice the rate of inflation.</p><p>"The Democrat plan increases government spending by 5 percent per year, that’s ridiculous. That’s like three times the rate of inflation," he says. "The Ryan budget is better because it only increases government by 3.4 percent per year, but that’s still twice the rate of inflation. And when I campaigned, I campaigned saying that we needed to cut spending in Washington, D.C."</p><p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 18:41:05 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 4603 at http://wfpl.org Congressman Thomas Massie Breaks from GOP, Votes Against Ryan Budget Plan Congressman John Yarmuth: Ryan Budget Plan is the Enemy of Growth http://wfpl.org/post/congressman-john-yarmuth-ryan-budget-plan-enemy-growth <p>Speaking at the House Budget Committee this week, Kentucky Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth said government should be a partner with business and the Republican-crafted 2014 budget will hurt economic growth.</p><p>Among the highlights GOP lawmakers have touted are $6.4 trillion in deficit cuts and reducing the corporate tax by 10 percent.</p><p>But Yarmuth told his congressional colleagues on Wednesday the GOP proposal is an "enemy" to growth, adding cuts to education, infrastructure and child-care programs are not what business leaders in Louisville are asking for.</p><p>"They want Washington's help, not its avoidance," he says. "I think the Ryan-Republican budget is a dismal failure. All of the things that are businesses are crying out for the Ryan budget would emphasize or in fact dramatically reduce."</p><p>Watch:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/mQd4LWQtiYo" frameborder="0" height="360" width="480"></iframe> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 13:55:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 4478 at http://wfpl.org Political Junkies Excited for Biden-Ryan Matchup at Centre College http://wfpl.org/post/political-junkies-excited-biden-ryan-matchup-centre-college <p>This year&#39;s vice presidential debate at Centre College is shaping up to be a policy wonk&#39;s dream.&nbsp;</p><p>Both Vice President Joe Biden and newly-minted Republican VP candidate Paul Ryan are longtime lawmakers who are steeped in policy.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 18:55:18 +0000 Kenny Colston 1302 at http://wfpl.org Political Junkies Excited for Biden-Ryan Matchup at Centre College