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Paul Ryan Says His Proposal Will Balance Budget in Decade

March 11, 2013

Gitte Laasby

Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan of Janesville said Sunday his new budget will promote the repeal of Obamacare and balance the federal budget in 10 years.

Ryan, appearing on "Fox News Sunday" said Americans were owed a balanced budget, and his proposal as chairman of the House Budget Committee would include enough cuts to get there in 10 years.

Ryan said the focus of the ObamaCare repeal would be to stop the expansion of Medicaid, which serves low-income U.S. families.

Elsewhere on the Sunday talk shows, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson said President Barack Obama's dinner with Republicans last week was "a good first step" to reaching an agreement on the country's budget problems.

Speaking on ABC's "This Week," Johnson said the dinner was "an honest, frank, pretty complete discussion about the problems facing this nation."

"So many times, we're talking about different numbers," Johnson said. "We first have to agree on the facts and figures."

Johnson was one of a dozen Republican senators who dined with Obama at the Jefferson hotel in downtown Washington Wednesday. Johnson spoke about it as a panelist "This Week" along with Democratic National Committee chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman.

A key point of discussion is whether a debt reduction plan should include new taxes.

Asked by host George Stephanopoulos if he would be open to more revenues, Johnson replied: "If you take a look at an entitlement reform package, I might look at that. But we already have a trillion dollars (in taxes) hitting us in Obamacare."

Obama also shared a meal with Ryan as part of his outreach to influential congressmen -- an effort many observers say is long overdue.

Krugman was skeptical that Obama's outreach to Republicans would lead to an agreement.

"This is about a fundamental difference in visions of what America has got to be," he said. "One side wants to privatize Medicare and Social Security. The other wants Obamacare to go into place. That's not something you're going to solve with a few dinners."

Source: (c)2013 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Distributed by MCT Information Services.

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