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Ryan Roundup 2013: Everything You Need to Know About Chairman Ryan’s Latest Budget
Below is a compilation of the CBPP analyses and blog posts on House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget, which the House has passed.
- Statement: Robert Greenstein, President, on Chairman Ryan’s Budget Plan March 12, 2013 “When House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan released his previous budget last year, I wrote that for most of the past half century, its extreme nature would have put it outside the bounds of mainstream discussion. It was, I wrote, ‘Robin Hood in reverse — on steroids,’ because it would have produced the largest redistribution of income from bottom to top in modern U.S. history. Ryan’s new budget is just as extreme. Its cuts in programs for low-income and vulnerable Americans appear as massive as in last year’s budget, and its tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans could be larger than in last year’s.”
- Analysis: Ryan Budget Shifts Costs to States and Localities March 27, 2013 "The budget that House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan developed and the full House passed this week would cause federal support for services that state and local governments provide — schools, health care, clean water facilities, and law enforcement, for example — to decline precipitously over the next several years. These reductions would be on top of deep cuts in federal funding for states and localities already scheduled under current law."
- Commentary: Murray’s More Evenhanded Approach to Deficit Reduction Contrasts Sharply With Ryan’s March 14, 2013 The budget that Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray released yesterday stands in sharp contrast to the one that her House counterpart, Paul Ryan, released on Tuesday. As I wrote Tuesday, his budget is extreme. Hers is more balanced and appropriate to meet the nation’s economic and fiscal challenges. The differences are impressive.
- Analysis: An Apples-to-Apples Comparison of the Deficit-Reduction Figures in the House and Senate Budget Plans March 19, 2013 The House and Senate are scheduled to consider the budget resolutions that their respective budget committees approved last week. These two budgets — one drafted by House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan, the other by Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray — offer sharply contrasting visions.
- Blog Post: Ryan Budget Hits Non-Defense Discretionary Funding Far More Than Sequestration Does March 14, 2013 House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s new budget would cut the part of the budget that supports everything from education and law enforcement to biomedical research to nutrition assistance by more than $1 trillion below the funding caps in the 2011 Budget Control Act (BCA) over the next decade. That’s hundreds of billions of dollars below the funding levels that would result from nine years of sequestration.
- Analysis: Ryan Budget Understates Defense Spending by $100 Billion March 19, 2013 The Ryan budget understates defense spending by $100 billion over the next ten years. It claims $100 billion in defense savings that, in reality, would not materialize because they are flatly inconsistent with Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates of the amount of defense spending that would result from the amount of defense funding the budget contains. This is politically significant: without these phantom savings, the Ryan budget does not achieve balance in any of the next ten years.
- Blog post: Ryan Budget Would Make Safety Net Less Effective in Promoting and Supporting Work
March 22, 2013
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan says the safety net doesn’t do enough to promote work, but his budget — which gets nearly two-thirds of its $5 trillion in non-defense cuts from low- and moderate-income programs — proposes deep cuts in the very programs that help low-income working families make ends meet, raise their families, and provide better opportunities for their children.
- Analysis: Ryan Budget Would Undermine Safety Net’s Work Supports March 21, 2013 House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan justifies the massive cuts he proposes in programs for low- and moderate-income Americans in part by claiming that the current safety net “can create a powerful disincentive to get ahead.” . . . These claims, however, are not borne out by research, and they ignore fundamental changes made in safety net programs over the past three decades, as a result of which the programs now do substantially more to promote and support work.
- Blog post: Two-Thirds of Ryan’s Cuts Would Come from Low- and Moderate-Income Programs March 15, 2013 At least 66 percent of the cuts in House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s new budget would come from programs that serve people of limited means, our new analysis finds. That violates a core principle of the Simpson-Bowles fiscal commission, which the commission co-chairs reiterated in the revised plan they issued a few weeks ago: that deficit reduction should not increase poverty or widen inequality.
- Blog post: Ryan Budget’s SNAP Cuts Even Deeper Than We Thought March 19, 2013 New information from the House Budget Committee shows that Chairman Ryan’s planned cuts in SNAP (formerly food stamps) are even more draconian than we originally thought.The report clarifies that the Ryan budget’s proposed conversion of SNAP to a block grant — which accounts for $125 billion of the budget’s $135 billion in SNAP cuts over the next decade — wouldn’t take effect until 2019. As a result, all $125 billion of those cuts would occur over just five years. The kinds of changes this would require are extraordinary.
- Blog post: The Ryan Budget’s Skewed Tax Cuts March 20, 2013 We’ve shown that the $5 trillion in non-defense program cuts in House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s new budget are heavily weighted toward low-income programs. At the same time, based on the latest estimates from the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center (TPC), we now see that the tax cuts that he specified in his budget would be heavily weighted to high-income households.
- Analysis: The Ryan Budget’s Tax Cuts: Nearly $6 Trillion in Cost and No Plausible Way to Pay for It: New Tax Policy Center Estimates Show $5.7 Trillion Revenue Loss March 17, 2013 The new budget from House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan proposes a series of dramatic tax cuts that would cost nearly $6 trillion in lost federal revenue over the next decade, and that would provide the lion’s share of their benefits to high-income households and corporations. But, despite its stated promise to the contrary, the budget does not include a plausible way to pay for it all.
- Blog post: Three Big Changes to Medicare in the Ryan Budget
March 15, 2013
The Medicare proposals in House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s new budget are essentially the same as those in last year’s Ryan budget, our new paper explains. Three particularly important provisions are: 1.Replacing guaranteed coverage with a voucher, 2. Raising the eligibility age, and 3. Rescinding health reform’s Medicare improvements.
- Analysis: Medicare in Ryan’s 2014 Budget
- Blog post: Ryan Budget Again Includes a Medicaid Block Grant That Would Add Millions to the Ranks of the Uninsured and Underinsured March 15, 2013 House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s new budget again proposes to radically restructure Medicaid by converting it into a block grant and slash federal Medicaid funding by $810 billion over the next decade. He would also repeal health reform’s Medicaid expansion. All told, it would add tens of millions of Americans to the ranks of the uninsured and underinsured.
- Blog post: Ryan Budget, Not Medicaid, Creates a Two-Tiered Health Care System April 5, 2013 Medicaid beneficiaries have very good access to quality health care, despite claims to the contrary that House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan has made to justify his proposal to convert Medicaid to a block grant.
- Blog post: Refuting, Once Again, the Medicare Part D Myth March 11, 2013 When House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan unveils his budget plan this week, he almost certainly will again propose to convert Medicare into a “premium support” system, where beneficiaries would receive a voucher to buy private coverage or traditional Medicare. He may also repeat the frequent claim that the Medicare drug benefit’s lower-than-expected spending reflects efficiencies produced by competition among private insurers — and thus supports his proposal. So, while we showed in a 2012 report why this claim is incorrect, it’s worth doing so once again.
- Blog post: Yes, the Ryan Budget Is Contractionary March 14, 2013 If enacted, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget would slow the economic recovery. Chairman Ryan selectively uses Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis to argue that his budget offers long-term economic benefits, while dismissing CBO’s finding — in the very same report — that austerity measures like those that he proposes would take a costly toll on the economy over the next few years and could put the recovery at risk.
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