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House Budget Leaders Square Off

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misidentified the state that Rep. Paul Ryan represents. His district is in Wisconsin.

House Budget Committee leaders showed just how far apart they are from consensus in a partisan faceoff on ABC’s This Week on Sunday.


“I’m not at all surprised that Mitt Romney has endorsed the Republican House plan,” Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., charged. “That plan asks nothing, nothing of the wealthiest Americans, and therefore it hits everybody else. It hits seniors on Medicare, it hits middle-income taxpayers, it guts important investments to keep our economy strong. It would whack our investment in transportation when we have big unemployment in the construction area.”

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said he believes there is a growing bipartisan consensus that wants to close “tax shelters and loopholes that are disproportionately used by the wealthy.”

“Unfortunately, our friends in the White House and the Democratic leadership don’t want to be a part of that consensus,” he said.


Van Hollen, the ranking member on the budget committee, said: “The Ryan plan, the Republican plan does not ask for one penny, not one penny from the wealthiest for the purpose of deficit reduction. In fact, they are doubling down on tax cuts for the very wealthy.”

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