Interview with Paul Ryan

The Wisconsin congressman outlines the GOP agenda.
6:08 | 02/12/12

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Paul Ryan the chairman of the house budget committees comes us from Wisconsin. This morning you just heard Jack -- write their congressman say that congress should just get -- payroll tax extension done -- Well I think we will but what we're trying to do is simply cuts and -- to pay -- got to remember George. That -- payroll tax holiday -- loses money to -- so yesterday trust fund. And if you just extend this without paying for by cutting spending. Then you're accelerating the bankruptcy Social Security that's all we want to do is make sure -- -- Judy's left unharmed. While we extend its payroll tax holiday. That lead and then the White House -- agrees with the -- but the point isn't it seems like you're stuck on how to -- For this extension. -- it seems as if the parties the president's party leaders are more let's not engaging in these conversations we have offered literally. Scores of different offsets we've taken provisions for the president's own budget. As ways of paying for -- payroll tax holiday yet they continued to insist on not a dream to those kinds of things so. I don't know where -- is gonna come down to it I do believe this will get extended. But when we can make offer after offer based on policies that we know of Democrats and the president of support in the past that they still insist on not coming to agreement. It's difficult to see exactly how this is gonna -- now. Let's get to the broader but you heard Jack who they're saying that they have two and half dollars of spending reductions for every a tax increase in in the White House and Democrats have really -- your plan. To reform Medicare this what you call premium support they say it's a voucher system want to show right here that -- had put out the democratic congressional. Campaign. Committee saying just when he thought Medicare was safe they are back they're saying that your plan is -- -- and Medicare. As we know what are you concerned. That this this side -- we've -- Republicans pick it up as well could end up costing your. House majority. No I'm really not concerned about that actually George because we're taking responsibility. For dealing with the drivers of -- -- you have to remember George that Medicare is going bankrupt. That the president's health care law -- a board of fifteen unaccountable bureaucrats in charge of cutting Medicare. Which will lead to deny care for seniors the president's health care law takes a half a trillion dollars from the Medicare to spend on obamacare. And so I think when you actually look at what we're proposing. Were showing that there's a bipartisan consensus in congress on how to preserve the Medicare guarantee. How to save and strengthen the program. We don't change any benefit for anybody 55 and above -- we save this guarantee for younger generations they can actually count on it. So when the dust settles and people see actually what we're doing how we're promoting bipartisan solutions I think we're -- I didn't apply in response I think it's irresponsible not to -- In response some of the criticism -- also come up within a new plan with -- -- senator Ron Wyden Democrat. To allow people have the choice of either taking the premium support program are sticking -- traditional Medicare will that be part of your new budget. But we haven't written a budget yet that comes out it's spring but what we're showing is that there are bipartisan leaders in congress. Who have worked together just like they did in the 1990s when it was called Breaux Frist at that time Alice Rivlin that a champion this idea. And Ron -- and I are working on a plan to save and strengthen the program. To keep the Medicare guarantee for current and future seniors. And what we're showing is that there's a consensus on how best to save Medicare unfortunately. The president and his party leaders they're not a part of this conversation that to me is very just point. I know you're opposed to the compromise the president announced this week on this contraception. Coverage but do you have the votes in the house to block it. Absolutely we do look to paraphrase the bishop's letter this thing. It's a distinction without a difference it's an accounting gimmick or fig leaf it's not a compromise the president -- double down. What I see here is this whole episode George it's a real teachable moment for America in two ways number one. They're treating our constitutional first amendment rights as revoke -- privileges from our government. -- -- in healing Abel writes from our creator and number two. If this is what the president's willing to do in a tough of -- here. Imagine what he will do in implementing the rest of his health care law after an election but you heard jackal right -- this is not going to force the institutions. To pay for the coverage the Catholic institutions to pay for the coverage. It's a distinction without a difference it's really an accounting trick it forces the insurance company that they have to pay. To do the coverage -- -- making institution itself it -- it reinforces the insurer and a lot of these Catholic institutions are self insured. And all insurers under this rule must provide these mandated benefits so it really is a distinction without a difference -- this should be rescinded. Not not not compromise -- because I would again say it's not a compromise the president is doubling down. Coming coming into this week congress is hitting below 10%. In the Gallup poll that's lower than Richard Nixon's popularity during Watergate you part of the house leadership -- except for spots ability. For that and how can you fix it. What we can there's nowhere to go but up I guess. But what I really want what really would say it's. People will realize that there's a difference to the house and the senate the house is controlled by Republicans. Last year we passed a budget to save and strengthen Medicare Social Security to pay off our debt to grow our economy we passed thirty bills. Aimed at growing the economy -- sitting in the senate. We've asked for budget process reform bills to strengthen the way we account for taxpayer money the senate has done nothing the senate. Against current law has not passed a budget point ten in 2011 now senator Reid says he's I didn't get a budget again in 2012. We will because the -- -- we will need to but we also think we have a moral obligation. To try and fix this country's big problems before they get out of our control until there's a very big difference between. All the action to deal with our country's big problems in the house. And just that the total inaction by the senate and I think that generally speaking people are looking at what's coming out of all of congress which is nothing. But when they look at what we're actually doing house is acting -- senate is sitting on the hands playing partisan politics congressman thanks very much for time.

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