ryan budget plan 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 Congressmen John Yarmuth and Thomas Massie Offer Differing Viewpoints on New Ryan Budget Plan http://wfpl.org/post/congressmen-john-yarmuth-and-thomas-massie-offer-differing-viewpoints-new-ryan-budget-plan <p>Led by former Republican vice presidential nominee and Congressman Paul Ryan, the House GOP unveiled its 2014 budget proposal this week</p><p>Dubbed 'Path to Prosperity' the spending plan cuts $6.4 trillion from the deficit over the next ten years, slashes corporate taxes by 10 percent and simplifies the tax code by turning seven individual tax brackets into two.</p><p>Conservatives also highlight provisions such as authorizing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, an overhaul of Medicare for retirees and another attempt to fully repeal President Obama's health care law.</p><p>But liberal critics are slamming the budget for various reasons, including the fact that it cuts domestic services but not defense.</p><p>From <em><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/03/12/paul-ryans-budget-isnt-about-the-deficit/">The Washington Post</a></em><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/03/12/paul-ryans-budget-isnt-about-the-deficit/">:</a></p><blockquote><p>He cuts deep into spending on health care for the poor and some combination of education, infrastructure, research, public-safety, and low-income programs. The Affordable Care Act’s Medicare cuts, but the military is spared, as is Social Security.</p><p></p><p>There’s a vague individual tax reform plan that leaves only two tax brackets — 10 percent and 25 percent — and will require either huge, deficit-busting tax cuts or increasing taxes on poor and middle-class households, as well as a vague corporate tax reform plan that lowers the rate from 35 percent to 25 percent.</p><p>(SNIP)</p><p>Ryan’s budget is intended to do nothing less than fundamentally transform the relationship between Americans and their government.</p></blockquote><p>Democratic Congressman Yarmuth is more blunt. He says the proposal is cruel and only plays to extreme elements in the GOP.</p><p>"It’s one that was repudiated by Mitt Romney last year during the presidential campaign and is one that’s become a liability for Republicans who embraced it. So I’m really hard pressed to understand why Congressman Ryan would double down on what was obviously something that was rejected decisively during the 2012 election," he says.</p><p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 23:06:09 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 4457 at http://wfpl.org Congressmen John Yarmuth and Thomas Massie Offer Differing Viewpoints on New Ryan Budget Plan