MILWAUKEE (WSAU) A week after losing the vice presidency, Janesville Republican Paul Ryan says he’s ready to return to Congress, and be part of the solution to the federal budget problems. But in a wide-ranging interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the House Budget chairman said he was disappointed that his and Mitt Romney’s ideas for getting ahead of the nation’s fiscal problems quote, “didn’t go our way.”
Ryan’s long-standing plans to reform Medicare got considerable criticism from seniors and others during the campaign. And he says two more years of a divided government – with a Democratic White House and Senate, and a Republican House – leaves him quote, “extremely worried” about the nation’s debt, its military, and its health care system.
Ryan said the country is just as divided – and the two parties will have to find a way to make their split system work because the fiscal issues are quote, “getting worse, not better, because of time.” As for the current fiscal mess – with automatic spending cuts and tax hikes looming on January 1st – Ryan says both parties need to put out specific plans that can be negotiated, and the Democrats haven’t done that. Ryan said Republicans want to quote, “fix this in a way that doesn’t hurt the economy.”