Ryan says he didn't want super committee spot
Ryan, one of the top Republican thinkers on the budget, issued a news release Wednesday in which he praised House Speak John Boehner for choosing representatives Jeb Hensarling, Dave Camp and Fred Upton to be on the “super committee.”
Ryan, a Janesville resident representing Wisconsin’s 1st District, is chairman of the House Budget Committee. He has taken strident criticism from Democrats—including his likely opponent in 2012, Rob Zerban of Kenosha—for one of his ideas to hold down spending: making fundamental changes to Medicare.
“I asked the speaker not to consider me for the joint committee because only the budget committee can write legislation to reform the budget process,” Ryan said.
Ryan said he wants to work with his committee this fall to reform the federal budget process, changing the way tax dollars are spent.