Since everyone agrees cutting spending is the first mission of both parties (yeah, right), we might think House Democrats would embrace the House Budget Committee Chairman-elect, Paul Ryan, setting a spending ceiling that cannot be breached, and will not be subject to a vote on the floor. At least we would have a budget, which the 111th Congress failed to provide. But they want no part of a mandatory spending ceiling. Instead, they accuse Republicans of “a lack of transparency,” and being “arrogant.” See Paul Ryan at work in the video below, with Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.
Republicans argue allowing the Budget chairman to set spending ceilings is necessary because of the failure of the last Congress to approve a budget last year.
“This provision is only necessary because of Democrats’ historic failure to pass a budget last year. They have nothing but their own ineptitude to blame for this temporary authority,” Brendan Buck, a spokesman for the House Republican transition, said in response to the Van Hollen statement.
Another House aide argued the powers are not unprecedented. The GOP gave the chairman of the House similar powers in the opening days of the 1999 Congress, when the GOP also controlled the chamber.
The rule change is set for a vote soon after January 5th, 2011.
Wolf Blitzer interview with Paul Ryan (video)