Ryan: Obama failed to meet legal, moral obligations on budget

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Ryan was speaking in support of legislation that would force Obama to present a budget that balances at some point in the future. While the Require a PLAN Act has been criticized as a gimmick by Democrats, Ryan said the bill is needed to create a two-way dialogue on the deficit, which the Wisconsin lawmaker said has been absent in Washington.

"When people put their solutions on the table, that's how you find common ground, that's how you get things done," Ryan said.

"But if it's a one-way conversation, where all you have is one side of the aisle putting solutions on the table and the other side of the aisle simply offering criticisms and no solutions to ever balance the budget, that gets you no progress, and unfortunately ... that's precisely where we are today."

Ryan and other Republicans have faulted Obama for failing to meet the statutory deadline for submitting a budget to Congress yesterday, and in four of the last five years. But regardless of timing, the GOP says Obama has never submitted a budget that anticipates getting back into balance.

"The President hasn't even submitted a budget yet even though it's past the deadline, and when he has submitted a budget, he has proposed that it never ever ever balances the budget," he said. "And isn't that what budgeting is? Showing how you'll get your budget under control so that your expenditures and your revenues eventually, one day, meet?

"That unfortunately hasn't been happening, and as a result we have a debt crisis on our horizon," Ryan added.

Democrats spent the day arguing that Obama's budget was delayed by the discussions in December and early January over the "fiscal cliff."

"It's late because we had a big debate in this country over how to resolve the fiscal cliff," Budget Committee ranking member Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) said. "It wasn't until January 2 that this House and the Senate were able to resolve that issue."

He and other Democrats also insisted that the GOP bill will not advance the issue of how to resolve the deficit.

"It represents exactly what the American people hate most about this body and this Congress," Van Hollen said. "It's a political gimmick that does absolutely nothing to help create jobs. It does nothing to help boost economic growth."

The House debated the Require a PLAN Act for just 30 minutes Tuesday, and then adjourned immediately after. The House is expected to return early Wednesday morning to finish debate, work on up to five amendments to the bill, and then pass it.

One of the amendments up on Wednesday would encourage a deficit solution along the lines of the controversial Simpson-Bowles proposal.