Rep. Paul Ryan's FY13 Budget: Analyses & Reactions
The House Republican budget was presented on March 20 by Chairman Paul Ryan. Here are some reactions and analyses from our friends in the field, explaining what the budget could mean for children, low-income families, and the safety nets around health and security. This will be updated as more reactions roll in.
Ryan Budget: Weakening Our Nation to Give Trillions to the Super Rich Coalition on Human Needs
"The budget put forth by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan pursues a dangerous vision: that the federal government will drastically cut back health care and food assistance, essentially eliminate funds for education, housing, public health, protections for the environment and consumers, and pretty much every other investment in transit, research, and other engines of economic growth."
Statement: Ryan Budget is Robin Hood in Reverse — On Steroids Center on Budget Policy and Priorities
"The new Ryan budget is a remarkable document — one that, for most of the past half-century, would have been outside the bounds of mainstream discussion due to its extreme nature. In essence, this budget is Robin Hood in reverse — on steroids..."
Also check out their round-up, Everything You Need to Know About Chairman Ryan's Budget
Analyzing Ryan's New Budget Proposal (Video) Kaiser Health News
In this video interview, KHN's Marilyn Werber Serafini and Mary Agnes Carey discuss the budget Wis. Republican Rep. Paul Ryan released and how it differs from the proposal he released last year.
FY2013 Ryan Budget Proposal on Food Stamps Would Increase Hunger, Eliminate Jobs, and Slow the Economy Food Research and Action Center
"The budget proposed today by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) would abandon the many strengths of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), increase hunger and joblessness, and harm the economy. Seventy-seven percent of voters, moreover, oppose cutting SNAP. For decades, SNAP, the new name for food stamps, has enjoyed strong bipartisan support and has helped ensure the poorest and hungriest people in our nation can put food on the table ..."
The Long-Term Budgetary Impact of Paths for Federal Revenues and Spending Specified by Chairman Ryan Congressional Budget Office
The calculations presented here represent CBO's assessment of how the specified paths would alter the trajectories of federal debt, revenues, spending, and economic output relative to the trajectories under two scenarios that CBO has analyzed previously.
Also check out this new blog post from OMB, The Ryan-Republican Budget: The Consequences of Imbalance.
"Like the Republican budget proposal for 2012, the FY2013 budget is radical in scope. It transforms Medicare by privatizing it, converting it to a voucher program, which will require seniors to pay more and more as they get older. It restructures Medicaid as a block grant, slashing program funding to states and cutting health care for children, seniors, and people with disabilities. And it repeals the Affordable Care Act, eliminating tax credits for middle-class families..."
Also see their more in-depth analysis of health spending in budget in their report The Republican Budget Proposal: Ending Medicare As We Know It—Again.
House G.O.P. Lays Down Marker with New Budget Plan The New York Times
"House Republicans thrust their vision of a smaller government, a flatter tax code and a free-market Medicare system into the 2012 election season on Tuesday, banking that fears over surging federal deficits will trump longstanding voter allegiances to popular government programs ..."
GOP Budget Plan Cuts Deeply Into Domestic Programs, Reshapes Medicare, Medicaid The Washington Post
"House Republicans laid down a bold but risky election-year marker Tuesday, unveiling a budget proposal that aims to tame the national debt by reshaping Medicare and cutting deeply into Medicaid, food stamps and other programs for the poor, while reshuffling the tax code to sharply lower rates. Congressional Republicans plan to use the document to demonstrate their willingness to tackle the nation’s difficult fiscal problems head-on..."
5 Things Rep. Paul Ryan Doesn’t Want You to Know About the Latest House Budget Center for American Progress Action Fund
"The latest House Republican budget plan asks low-income and middle-class Americans to shoulder the entire burden of deficit reduction while simultaneously delivering massive tax breaks to the richest 1 percent and preserving huge giveaways to Big Oil. It’s a recipe for repeating the mistakes of the Bush administration, during which middle-class incomes stagnated and only the privileged few enjoyed enormous gains ..."
More from CAP on what the budget means for:
- Taxes & the middle class,
- Disinvesting America
- and Pell Grants
"As Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Chair of the House Budget Committee, unveils the GOP federal budget proposal, national faith leaders are denouncing its immoral cuts and irresponsible tax breaks for millionaires and corporate special interests. Below are quotes from a range of clergy and religious leaders representing congregations, denominations, and national organizations..."
"House Republicans released a budget that once again is strong on rhetoric but weak on reasonable ideas regarding how to restore prosperity to the economy, not to mention strengthen the nation's families and provide pathways to education, work, and economic security ..."
Also see CLASP's statements on Pell Grants and the safety net.
"The latest House Republican budget would have significant, negative impacts on young Americans looking to pursue further education or secure a job ..."
Rep. Paul Ryan Releases Budget that’s Brutal on Kids and Families Voices for America's Children
"The U.S. House is advancing a plan for the federal budget that threatens program cuts for millions of children. Simply put, the plan is more money for defense and for tax cuts benefitting the wealthy, at the expense of health, education and income support programs that needy families rely on ..."
"The House Budget Committee’s proposed federal fiscal year 2013 budget resolution puts billions in federal funding for critical children’s initiatives at risk...a review of available information shows that children’s health alone would lose more than $190 billion over ten years ..."
Also check out their fact sheets on children's spending in the budget.
House Budget Proposes Workforce Cuts National Skills Coalition
"As with last year’s budget proposal, the Ryan budget recommends imposing new time limits and work requirements on recipients of federal means-tested benefits, while at the same time proposing billions of dollars in cuts to the federal education and workforce programs that would help those individuals achieve self-sufficiency ..."
"After examining the document, Generations United was deeply troubled by many of the proposals contained in it because they would significantly reduce funding to the critical social safety net for America’s most vulnerable children, youth and older adults ..."
Competing Visions National Priorities Project
"This week the House of Representatives will consider two significantly different alternatives to the president’s fiscal 2013 budget request— the Republican draft budget resolution, introduced by Rep. Paul Ryan, and an alternative introduced by the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC). The two budgets offer vastly different visions for the nation, and each uses the president’s budget as a baseline to compare their contrasting proposals ..."
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