Ryan budget heats up
WASHINGTON – The byzantine circus that is budget season nears its zenith.
Today, the House continued its consideration of House Con Res. 96, better known as the Ryan Budget. Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan’s budget would repeal the Affordable Care Act, among trillions in other cuts. The word used most often to describe it today was “draconian.”
The budget will probably pass the House, but stands almost zero chance of passing the Senate. You would think that would make this vote less heated. You would be wrong.
Late in the day, an out-of-breath Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer took to the podium to refute Republican allegations that House Democrats were responsible for increasing the deficit. “I heard Rep. Brady’s comments when I was downstairs and had to come right up here,” he panted. The exchange between the Maryland Democrat and Texas Republican got heated, steadily increasing in volume. At one point, Brady claimed that President Bush’s trillion-dollar addition to the deficit was the fault of former Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
“I’d be happy to discuss that with you in a special order,” Hoyer responded. That’s about as close as it gets in the House to saying “You wanna take this outside?”
At one point, three Wisconsin congressmen traded barbs about who knew the most about cheese.
The House will wrap up debate and vote on the Ryan budget tomorrow.