By Erik Wasson - 10/25/11 04:49 PM EDT
His plan says that reform “options” include raising the retirement age, means-testing benefits and “giving Medicare recipients more control to choose the plan that best fits their unique individual needs.”
The choice of wording appears to reflect the massive political blowback that the Ryan plan received last spring when it passed the House.
On other budget maters, Perry endorses having the president sign the annual budget resolution, a permanent ban on earmarks, tightening rules for emergency supplemental appropriations and using dynamic scoring for tax cuts that incorporate economic growth effects.
Perry also proposes a complete federal hiring and pay freeze until the budget is balanced.