GOP pre­pares for bud­get fight with Democrats, Obama

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics -

Af­ter a few months of rel­a­tive peace on the bud­get front, Democrats and Repub­li­cans are ready­ing for a party-defin­ing, elec­tion-year fight over tril­lion-dol­lar-plus deficits and what to do about them.

The House Bud­get Com­mit­tee chair­man, Rep. Paul Ryan, is com­ing out next week with a se­quel to last year’s “Path to Pros­per­ity” man­i­festo that ig­nited a firestorm over Medi­care.

The up­com­ing de­bate gives Repub­li­cans a chance to show how they would tackle out-of-con­trol bud­get deficits and rein in the cost and scope of gov­ern­ment.

Pres­i­dent Obama played it safe when he re­leased his spend­ing blue­print last month for the bud­get year that be­gins Oct. 1. It calls for tax in­creases on wealth­ier earn­ers and mod­est spend­ing curbs but doesn’t ad­dress the spi­ral­ing costs of Medi­care and Med­i­caid.

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