Dems launch attack on Ryan budget

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Tuesday announced it is going after vulnerable Republicans for GOP plans to tackle entitlement spending. 

The DCCC is using automated calls and ads in the campaign, which targets House Budget Committee Chairman Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanMcConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees House Republican: 'I worry about both sides' of the aisle on DACA Overnight Health Care: 3.6M signed up for ObamaCare in first month | Ryan pledges 'entitlement reform' next year | Dems push for more money to fight opioids MORE (R-Wis.) and nine other Republicans.  

“Everyone knows that Social Security belongs to the people who worked their whole life to pay into the system. But Representative [XXX] wants to use Social Security and Medicare as a piggy bank for the government. We can’t turn Social Security over to Wall Street banks or make Medicare into a voucher system,” the telephone script reads.

Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerJohn Feehery: A political forest fire Trump's pick for Federal Reserve chief is right choice at right time The two-party system is dying — let’s put it out of its misery MORE's (R-Ohio.) office shot back Tuesday that it is President Obama's budget, which does not lay out a reform plan for Social Security, that will lead to benefit cuts.

"President Obama's congressional campaign arm is out today accusing Republicans of proposing 'radical benefit cuts' to programs like Social Security when — in fact — it is the president's own budget that by doing nothing would lead to 'radical benefit cuts' for seniors and future retirees, while piling more debt onto the backs of our kids and grandkids," his office said in a statement. 

If Social Security is not reformed, either through smaller cuts or tax increases, there will be an across-the-board cut to benefits in 2037. 

Ryan is planning to propose reforms to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security in a draft 2012 budget resolution due out early April. The reforms would need to be passed by Congress separately, but the resolution, if passed, would stand as a policy statement on how the GOP would deal with the national debt.

While the details of the reforms are yet not known, Ryan in his own January 2010 “Roadmap” plan called for turning Medicare into a partial voucher system and for allowing beneficiaries to invest money rather than contribute to Social Security via payroll taxes.

Last week, Ryan acknowledged publicly that his budget plans are handing Democrats a political weapon for 2012. But he called on both parties to come together to make the reforms in order to restore fiscal balance and shore up Social Security beyond 2037.

“Everyone agrees we need to cut spending, but House Republicans are making the wrong choices by forcing seniors to shoulder the burden while not asking Big Oil companies making record profits to sacrifice even the smallest amount,” said Jennifer Crider of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, in a release.

The DCCC has also launched a website for its campaign: stopbenefitcuts.com.

The nine targets of the campaign in addition to Ryan are: Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarHouse panel passes bill to boost drilling on federal land, offshore GOP Senate hopeful Kelli Ward leads challengers in internal poll GOP lawmaker spars with CNN reporter over Charlottesville conspiracy theories MORE (Ariz.), Bill Young (Fla.), Allen West (Fla.), Dan BenishekDaniel (Dan) Joseph BenishekRepublican groups launch final ad blitz in key House battlegrounds Tea Party class reassesses record Michigan Republican to retire MORE (Mich.), Joe Heck (Nev.), Lou BarlettaLouis (Lou) James BarlettaDems look to use Moore against GOP Democrats expand House map after election victories GOP Senate hopefuls reluctant to back McConnell as leader MORE (Pa.), Blake FarentholdRandolph (Blake) Blake FarentholdConyers attorney: Congressman won't pay settlement back because it was 'cleared' Farenthold accuser: 'It's been a tough road’ Accuser says GOP lawmaker 'blackballed' her from finding another job after settling sexual harassment suit MORE (Texas), Sean DuffySean Patrick DuffyThe Republican tax bill will cut thousands of Puerto Rico jobs Rep. Hensarling will push deregulation until retirement GOP lawmaker: Trump-Tillerson tensions are part of the president's 'strategy' MORE (Wis.) and David McKinleyDavid Bennett McKinleyHouse rejects Democrat's resolution to impeach Trump Lawmakers slam DOE’s proposal to help coal, nuclear power Lawmakers try again on miners’ pension bill MORE (W.Va.).