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Rep. Paul Ryan discusses budgets at CPAC Friday


OXON HILL, MD (WKOW) -- Janesville Congressman Paul Ryan was among some top Republicans who took to the podium at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday.

The former vice presidential candidate got to speak on the second day of C-PAC in National Harbor, Maryland.

Ryan, who is the House Budget Committee chairman, took the time to talk about the budgets released earlier this week. He said he is proud of the Republican proposal because he says it's changed the conversation.

"Today we are not talking about cliffs or ceilings or sequesters, we are talking about solutions and that's how it should be," Ryan said. "Our budget expands opportunity by growing the economy. It strengthens the safety net by retooling government and it restores fairness by ending cronyism."

Ryan also compared the U.S. Senate to the Vatican, saying they have a lot in common.

"This has been a really big week," Ryan said. "We got white smoke from the Vatican and we got a budget from the Senate. The Senate, they call their budget, 'A Foundation for Growth; Restoring the Promise of American Opportunity'. Wow! I feel like saluting already. But when you read it you find that the Vatican's not the only place blowing smoke this week."

Committees in both the House and Senate passed budgets this week. Experts say the financial blueprints really aren't that far apart on the fiscal parts of the plan.

Ryan's plan includes $4.6 trillion in cuts over the next decade. It plans to balance the budget in 10 years by slashing Medicare, Medicaid and programs to aid the poor, including food stamps. It would also repeal Obamacare.

The plan unveiled by the U.S. Senate Budget Committee on Wednesday offers up some modest spending cuts and seeks nearly $1 trillion in new tax revenue, but leaves major government programs largely unchanged.

Governor Scott Walker will speak at C-PAC on Saturday morning.


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