Rep. Ryan knocks Obama over Senate budget
(CBS News) In the Republican weekly address, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), author of the House Republican budget, criticized the Senate and President Obama for failing to produce a budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
"The president is hunkered down in campaign mode, and seems intent on dividing Americans for political gain instead of offering credible solutions to our most pressing fiscal and economic challenges. And his party leaders in the Senate? They're about to go another year without a budget," Ryan said.
Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND), who chairs the Senate Budget Committee, this week backtracked from his earlier announcement that his committee would craft and vote on a Senate budget.
"Last week, leaders in the United States Senate, which is controlled by the president's own party, announced they would not advance a budget for the third year in a row," Rep. Ryan, who chairs the House Budget Committee, said. "Tomorrow, in fact, will mark three years to the day since the Senate last fulfilled this basic governing responsibility."
Although the president offered a budget proposal in February, Rep. Ryan blames the Democratic-led Senate's inaction on Mr. Obama.
"Regrettably, this president has failed to lead us, to unite us, and to help us address our defining challenges," Ryan said.
Ryan promoted his own controversial budget plan, which the Republican-led House passed in March. It has little chance of being voted on in the Senate.
"It would support safe, responsible energy exploration here at home to address high gas prices, and it would repeal the president's health care law, which is making it harder for businesses to hire new workers," Ryan said.
"We will get back on a path to prosperity - it is not too late to get this right. But only with the right leadership in place can we renew the American promise of leaving our children a stronger nation than the one our parents left us," he added.
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