I think Paul Ryan is trying to convince us that even though he voted for The Budget Control Act (which included sequestration cuts), he didn’t vote for the parts he didn’t like about the Budget Control Act, like the sequestration cuts. Here’s what he said after he voted “YEA” on this bill:
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan issued the following statement after the Budget Control Act of 2011 passed the House of Representatives: “The Budget Control Act represents a victory for those committed to controlling government spending and growing our economy. I applaud Speaker Boehner’s leadership in stopping tax increases on job creators, rejecting President Obama’s demands for a blank check to keep borrowing, and advancing real spending cuts and controls. The agreement – while far from perfect – underscores the extent to which the new House majority has successfully changed Washington’s culture of spending. No longer can Washington endlessly spend money it does not have. While the immediate debt ceiling issue has been responsibly resolved, a spending-driven debt crisis remains a threat. To lift this crushing burden of debt and help spur job creation, policymakers must advance serious structural reforms to the largest driver of our debt: government spending on health care, including the President’s costly, partisan health-care overhaul. The Budget Control Act marks a positive step forward in getting government spending control, but much hard work remains.”
Watch him try to convince Norah O’Donnell that voting for a bill but being against parts of the bill you voted for is like not voting for the bill:
O’Donnell isn’t buying it. Neither should we.
Think Progress: “The Budget Control Act, as passed, included both the roughly $600 billion in “sequestration” cuts that will happen if there’s no compromise on the budget by December as well as the $487 billion of military-supported cuts that will take place regardless. The fact that Ryan may have wished that the bill didn’t contain said defense cuts does not absolve him of the fact that he and 201 other Republicans voted for the bill as-passed.
“Moreover, Ryan’s statement after voting for the bill contained not a single word of criticism about the defense cuts. As O’Donnell correctly noted, Ryan said the bill “represents a victory for those committed to controlling government spending and growing our economy” and that “The agreement – while far from perfect – underscores the extent to which the new House majority has successfully changed Washington’s culture of spending.” It’s at best misleading, and at worst an outright lie, for Ryan to assert that voting for the Budget Control Act did not mean voting for defense cuts.”