Ryan lays down principles for 2012 budget

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has laid out four guiding principles for the budget resolution his committee will produce this spring.

Ryan has been conducting listening sessions with House GOP members as part of an effort to educate freshmen on budget basics and to solicit their views on what the 2012 budget resolution should contain.

Ryan and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) have said that they will tackle entitlement reform this year. While Ryan has in his 2010 Roadmap plan called to convert Medicare to a voucher system and to curtail some Social Security benefits, it is not clear if he will be able to convince fellow Republicans to put such ideas into the 2012 budget resolution.

In a PowerPoint presentation, Ryan has said the Republican budget will include no changes for those in or near retirement; will fulfill the mission of health and retirement security; will lift the crushing burden of debt; and will spur economic growth and a path to prosperity.

These four principles also undergirded the Ryan Roadmap, which would not make changes to benefits for Americans near the retirement age now.

A full chairman's mark of the budget is expected in April. The GOP hopes that the battle over 2011 spending will be resolved by then and members of the House can start to focus on next year and beyond.