Policy: Budgets & Deficits

Paul Ryan: Budget agreement 'three yards and a cloud of dust'

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Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., continued to defend the House Budget agreement with Democrats on Wednesday night during an appearance on Fox News with conservative host Sean Hannity.

The Wisconsin Republican repeated that the deal was merely a small step in the right direction in a political era led by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and President Obama.

"Guess what, Sean, elections have consequences," Ryan said. "We have to win a couple elections to pass the budget you and I are in favor of, the one I passed in the House last Spring."

Hannity raised concerns that the budget agreement failed to properly address the massive national debt facing the country.

"I've got to tell you, Sean, I don't think the president is willing or able to do what you just said," Ryan agreed. "So, what are we going to do in the meantime? In the meantime, it's three yards and a cloud of dust."

Ryan explained that his primary goal was to stop Democratic tax hikes and spending increases and take the option of a government shutdown from the table.

"We will get incremental gains and we think it's in our interests nationally and for the year, to not have government shutdowns," Ryan said, hinting at the upcoming elections in 2014.

"We want to focus on Obamacare and Obamacare oversight. We want to focus on truth to power and doing real congressional oversight on this administration and rolling out our proactive agenda," Ryan continued. "If we have all these government shutdowns, we don't think that this helps us do that -- so this prevents those government shutdowns."

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