The chairman of the House Budget Committee, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), said Sunday that while he doesn't want to pre-judge President Obama's budget, all signs point to a plan that will continue to raise the nation's debt.
"We'll see the details of this budget tomorrow, but it looks to me that it's gonna be very small on spending discipline, and [contain] a lot of new spending and so called investments," Ryan predicted in an interview on "Fox News Sunday."
But the Republican said the early reports on Obama's budget plan have not been promising and he panned the president's proposal for a spending freeze, noting that freeze would come "off an extremely high base."
He also warned that Obama appears ready to push another $1.3 trillion in tax increases.
"The president is elected to lead and face the country's biggest challenges," said Ryan. "The country's biggest challenge domestically speaking, no doubt about it, is a debt crisis. I'm really hoping he's gonna give us a budget that tackles this debt crisis and if it's what these early press reports show, it shows that he's abdicating leadership."
Asked whether the Obama budget would be "dead on arrival" if the details are what Ryan and House Republicans expect, he answered, "I don't like to say that until I actually see the budget," noting that the GOP will be able to "make that determination pretty quickly" once they go through the plan Monday.
Ryan also said he's fully prepared to defend the billions of dollars of cuts House Republicans will put forth this week, noting recent increases in the budgets of agencies like the EPA over the past few years.
As for the GOP's own plan, Ryan said he's not yet able to predict what it will look like or whether it will tackle entitlement spending, adding that there is not yet "consensus in our caucus." But Ryan accused Obama of "punting" on the issue on entitlements.