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Ryan says he didn't want super committee spot

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Gazette staff
August 11, 2011
— Rep. Paul Ryan says he didn’t want to be one of the three Republican House members chosen for the powerful, new joint Senate-House committee that is tasked with coming up with $1 trillion to address the federal budget deficit.

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.



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