Morning Roundup: GOP Divided, Budget “Faces Perilous Future”

A look at the morning news shows Republicans are still divided over their budget that ends the Medicare guarantee and hurts our economic recovery:

Roll Call: Paul Ryan’s Budget Faces a Perilous Future

House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan’s ‘Path to Prosperity’ might have hit a dead end. Months of legislative wrangling have left the Wisconsin Republican with his grand fiscal 2013 budget that sets out House Republicans’ values and hopes to get the country back on the right track. And while Democrats immediately spurned the plan, it might be a small cadre of disenfranchised Republicans who shoot it down today... Interviews with Members and staff showed that the votes to move the plan out of committee were not yet there on Tuesday evening.”

It’s just another promise that I’m afraid will be broken,’ Huelskamp said Tuesday at a Heritage Foundation event. ‘It’s a big step forward. But in my opinion, it’s not the big leap America so desperately needs.’

Amash said he has issues with the way the budget deals with sequestration…. ‘I want to make sure we follow through with commitments that were made under the Budget Control Act,’ Amash said. ‘It’s making sure that we put forth something that’s credible, that reflects the commitments we’ve made to the American people by law.’

Even if the bill passes in committee, it could face trouble on the floor. Budget Committee freshman Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Ind.) said he will vote for the plan in committee but may not support it on the floor because he shares Amash’s concerns about the sequester.”

Washington Post: Ryan introduces GOP budget plan, slashing social programs and tax rates

Bowing to demands from conservatives influenced by the tea party movement, House leaders are pressing to protect the Pentagon in 2013 while cutting budgets for domestic agencies below levels set during last summer’s showdown over the federal debt ceiling. The decision has alarmed both Democrats and some GOP moderates, who said the move could spark a fresh clash over the annual bills needed to keep the government running into the new fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.”

“‘I don’t know how we get our work done,’ said Rep. Steven C. LaTourette (R-Ohio), who allowed that Democrats have a point about Republicans breaking their word. ‘It’s law. . . . So I have difficulty backing off,’ he said.”

The blueprint largely reprises the spending plan Ryan unveiled one year ago, with a few new details penciled in… But because Ryan rejects higher taxes, that path would require significant reductions in a host of popular programs.”

The Hill: House GOP budget gets airing at markup

“Three Republican appropriators — Reps. Ken Calvert (Calif.), Tom Cole (Okla.) and Mike Simpson (Idaho) had initially resisted cutting spending as deeply next year. Other conservative committee members such as Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) and Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) have said they either will or might vote against it on the House floor.”