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July 28, 2015

Another GOP Senator Doesn’t Trust Paul Ryan

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Another Senate Republican has conceded he doesn’t entirely trust House Budget Chairman Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis.

This time, it’s Sen. Patrick J. Toomey, R-Pa., a member of the ill-fated deficit reduction supercommittee. For months, we’ve been following the repeated attempts by Senate Democrats to get to a conference on next year’s budget resolution and the repeated GOP objections.

On Monday morning on MSNBC, Toomey refused to back Ryan or other House Republicans to negotiate budget deals with Democrats:

Harry Reid is going to have to deal with Republican conferees in the House,” Scarborough said. “You certainly trust Paul Ryan, don’t you, to do the right thing?”

“Earlier this year, it was Republicans in the House that suspended the debt ceiling concept altogether for a period of time.” Toomey replied. “They said, ‘let’s just the pretend there’s no debt ceiling and allow the government to just keep borrowing. I disagreed with that decision.”

Senate Republicans have been divided on the issue. One camp agrees with Democrats in saying that a budget conference should move forward. They want to be able to offer motions to instruct conferees against raising the debt limit, a traditional step that’s not binding on the conference committee

The other side, which includes Toomey, Mike Lee of Utah, Ted Cruz of Texas and some others, wants a requirement that the budget resolution won’t be used as the vehicle for raising the debt limit with a simple majority vote.

As noted previously on this blog, that concern supposes that Cruz does not trust his House counterparts to not cut a deal that allows a debt ceiling increase as part of a broader package.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said on Monday that the administration wouldn’t reprise the debt limit debate.

“We’re not going to negotiate. … We’re just not,” Carney said.

Carney’s message lined up with comments made last week by Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.



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  1. Chaz22

    July 23, 2013
    1:47 a.m.

    So why doesn’t someone who’s supposed to know , give us a straightforward and honest answer about the budget negotiation deadlock ? It’s been months since the Senate and the W. H. finally offered their budgets , after the House made such a fuss about their stalling that it provoked them to act. That was what all the harping and complaining was all about–no budgets- no serious talks to make things really work. So the House got what it wanted and everything was left dangling then and there. Sen. Patty Murray and Ryan got together for maney meetings and then got no cooperation. So WHEN will the budget dots be connected ?
    Of course Congressman Ryan HAS been vigorously involved in every other outstanding issue of the day too ; everything from immigration reform activity, to Ways and Means meetings on IRS and NSA, to Omamacare battles to giving speeches to fundraising and so on and so on. Ted Cruz really doesn’t like that–Ryan has been much too pervasive . No matter what anyone says about Ryan; he doesn’t go away ; his fame is not erasable as many of his enemies found out. Ted Cruz isn’t there yet,…and probably never will be .

    • neilcdenver

      July 26, 2013
      10:04 p.m.

      Our pantywaist agreed with Boehner three years ago on a bipartisan budget. That lasted less than two days because Reid bullied Obama into backing out of their agreement.

    • Dierardo

      July 27, 2013
      3:53 a.m.

      I totally disagree with your issue analysis re the GOP and Ryan.

      While conducting your live autopsy of the GOP, note the emergence of a legitimate revival strain of citizen- Americanus is attempting to emerge from the ideologically starved and rotting American Welfare State voter rank&file: on the verge of suffocation at the hands of the putrifying”Messiahs of the Press”, and, “Lordly fools of the Low- Information Liars.”

      During the last campaign, I was all too familiar with the low gubernatorial expectations inherent in the Romney risk/confrontation tactical profile, his adoption of the biologic nullity and insanity of homosexual marriage in MA, while a hierarch of the LDS ). I had great hopes for the brilliance and reach of Ryan’s Econ-finance, religious and personal origins to exert a positive insightful influence on the ticket and direction of the public debate with the Neo Marxist prevaricator-fool.

      Unfortunately the result, was zilch, and his silence deafening: while the, “Boomer Emperators” of Google/hi tech et al risked the future of their own future entreprenaurial market enterprises by suicidally energizing the,”Gotterdamerung”, of their own font of capitalist economic success.

  2. camdenme2

    July 23, 2013
    11:01 a.m.

    The Demorats can go to hell.

  3. neilcdenver

    July 26, 2013
    10:02 p.m.

    Pantywaist spokesperson the Pantywaist President, blathers, “We’re not going to negotiate. … We’re just not.”

    The real question is why is the President so afraid of a ‘give and take’ press conference?

    If Obama can’t take the heat . . . he should get out of the kitchen . . . And our lives.

  4. American Girl

    July 27, 2013
    1:25 a.m.

    Paul Ryan is a sell out. What a disappointment -surely makes one wonder what he’s been offered in exchange that’s good enough to sell our country down the toilet. What a traitor! Go Ted Cruz!

  5. Robert M. McAdam

    July 27, 2013
    8:31 a.m.

    We don’t have the money. We are broke. So, do not raise the debt limit. Spend within it. Nothing bad will happen.

  6. D.m. Downing

    July 27, 2013
    12:48 p.m.

    Why would anyone trust Paul Ryan? The little worm is handing the country over to the socialists with his immigration hustle.

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