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Paul Ryan calls out Senate Democrats' reckless budget failure

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Uploaded on Jan 24, 2012

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan makes the case for prosperity and principled reform, to avert painful austerity and decline.

"We're going to have a debt crisis in this country if we don't watch it. And what's going to happen - if that happens - is everybody's going to get hurt in this country.

"Europe is in the middle of austerity. What that means is, they're cranking up taxes on all their countrymen -- slowing down their economy -- and they're pulling the rug out from under their seniors who've already retired and organized their lives around these programs.

"We want to prevent that from happening. We want to preempt a debt crisis. We want to get America on a path to prosperity and deal with this debt issue. And we can't grow the economy and create jobs unless we do that.

"And the only way to fix this problem, to prevent seniors from getting harmed, to grow this economy, is to have a budget. And It's been a thousand days since the Senate bothered even trying to pass a budget. It's the epitome of irresponsibility that the other body has neglected this most basic function of governing.

"We have got to save this country. In order to do that we have to budget and prioritize because that's what our constituents elected us to do."

For more: budget.house.gov

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