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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.
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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.