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Congressman Paul Ryan on Capitol City Sunday


MADISON (WKOW) -- After an 88 day run for Vice President, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Janesville) is back in Congress serving Wisconsin's First District.

But the Janesville native says he is as energized as ever to help fix the nation's fiscal problems.

He is the featured guest on Capitol City Sunday this weekend.

Ryan says if he learned anything from the 2012 presidential race, its just how passionate the American people are about their country.  He says that will drive him going forward.

Rep. Ryan surprised some conservatives when he voted to approve a fiscal cliff deal that allowed taxes to go up on the wealthiest Americans, but he says his focus is now squarely on cutting spending so the nation can start paring down its $16 trillion debt.

"The President got his tax increase.  That pays for about five percent of the deficit," said Rep. Ryan.  "Spending is the ultimate part of the problem here that we have to deal with.  The President has been trying to hide, or stay away from a conversation about spending.  We gotta deal with spending."

To deal with that spending problem, some House Republicans are threatening to hold off on a vote to raise the nation's debt ceiling in February, which would stop the country from paying its loan obligations.

"I want to do this in a responsible way, but I do not want to let an opportunity slip by to get a control on spending, which we so desperately need if we're going to prevent a debt crisis," said Rep. Ryan.  "If we have a debt crisis like is now plaguing Europe, that's bad for everybody in America."

In the second half of the show, Mike McCabe talks about his non-profit group, the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, losing half of its overall funding.

That happened when the Joyce Foundation, a philanthropic group based in Chicago, pulled its money last week after supporting WDC for 16 years.

The Democracy Campaign tracks state campaign finance contributions, a job that hasn't always made it popular with politicians.

"There's no question that when you track money and you shine light in some of the darker places in politics there are people who aren't going to appreciate that," said McCabe.  "And there are people who are gonna love to see us go away.  We feel that its absolutely essential to the public to be able to see these transaction."

McCabe says the WDC is not in danger of shutting its doors immediately, but is in need of new donors.

Capitol City Sunday airs at 9:00 a.m. on WKOW 27.


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