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REP RYAN’s RESOLUTION passed in House with Discovering Democracy IV WATCHING!

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John Eyster
Friday, March 22, 2013

REP RYAN’s RESOLUTION passed in House with Discovering Democracy IV WATCHING!

Headlines all over are that Rep. Paul Ryan’s BUDGET RESOLUTION which avoids a government shutdown next week passed the House yesterday morning. I sat in the gallery with the Milton High School Discovering Democracy IV group watching the vote and then the Q&A with REP. PAUL RYAN in his House Budget Committee Hearing room.

Watching the vote in the Chamber, we watched Paul move around the chamber, At one point, we watched as he and Speaker Boehner talked at “The Well” (area where members stand to debate) in the Chamber. Very valuable experience seeing our House of Representatives at work!

We were escorted to the House Budget Committee Hearing room and Rep. RYAN (WI#1 – R) came in for a brief Q&A with the DD IV group. While national media waited to talk with the CHAIR of the HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE who had just gotten his Budget Resolution passed, he responded to questions asked by the DD IV students! COMMENDATION TO PAUL RYAN for his attention to local constituents!

As Rep. Ryan left to meet the press, Rep. POCAN (WI #2 – D) came in for a brief Q&A. The transition afforded a special photo op with BOTH Congressmen in a picture with the DD IV group.

Basic information about the votes (plural) we watched yesterday is:

The House of Representatives Thursday approved a resolution funding government operations for the remainder of the fiscal year ending in September and another resolution establishing the 2014 to 2023 budgets.

The House voted 318-109 to pass the continuing resolution funding passed by the Senate Wednesday sending it to President Barack Obama for signing when he returns from his Middle East trip.

The passage of the resolution comes less than a week before the expiration of the first semester funding, thus averting a government shutdown in the next six months.

The House also voted 221-207 to pass Rep. Paul D. Ryan’s proposed 2014 budget that also sets budgetary levels for fiscal years 2015 through 2023 to balance the budget within a decade. The H.Con.Res. 25 of Ryan sets 2014 spending at $3.5 trillion and projects tax revenues of $3 trillion, according to Washington Times. The resolution also puts a $41.5 trillion ceiling for spending, revenues of $40 trillion and savings of $4.6 trillion in the next 10 years.

For more information, I suggest the Washington Post’s article, “House approves resolution to keep government running; bill heads to White House."

More later... here we go…

Mr. E.

Last updated: 9:24 am Monday, April 29, 2013

John W. Eyster lives in the Edgerton area. He is an adjunct professor assigned with the online/distance education faculty of Viterbo University, LaCrosse. He continues his personal mission supporting democracy/civics education in Wisconsin K-12 schools through Project Citizen, We the People, Discovering Democracy (Milton HS). John is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff or management.

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