The top Republican on the House Budget Committee said the long-term budget plan he released shouldn't be taken as representative of the whole GOP.

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the ranking member of that committee, declaimed any notion that the long-term fiscal course he released last month, which calls for steep cuts and drastic reforms to federal spending and entitlement programs, speaks on behalf of all Republicans.

"There's a mischaracterization out here. This is not the Republican budget," Ryan said during an appearance on MSNBC. "This is a long-term fiscal plan that I myself have put out."


Ryan released his "Roadmap for America's Future" as a plan envisioning a way to manage budget deficits over the long haul. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said the plan would keep the growth of government and deficits under control, but hold down spending on Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.

Democrats have since seized on that plan, arguing that it's indicative of a Republican plan to privatize Social Security and slash other social programs. House Democrats held a conference call last week to blast the plan.

Ryan denied that his plan represents the GOP budget plans. Those, he said, will come later this year.

"The Republican budget is due in March; that's when we do the budget resolution," he said.  "A budget is a 10-year glidepath on where the government ought to be for the next 10 years. That's not what this is."