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Catfood Commission’s GOP Members: Ryan and Hensarling to Vote No; Coburn and Crapo, Yes

With the 18 members of the Catfood Commission expected to vote on the Simpson-Bowles draft report on Friday, many of the members are stepping forward to declare their positions. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) come out as a firmly against the proposal, while Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) said he was leaning no. According to Politico:

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the incoming House Budget Committee chairman, said he won’t vote in favor of the recommendations of President Barack Obama’s deficit panel.

Ryan said Thursday criticized the group’s recommendations because they don’t do enough to address the rising costs of health care. […]

Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) said he’s leaning against voting for the plan because it “accelerates” the implementation of health care reform.

“I think Bowles and Simpson deserve a lot of credit for producing a plan. But I can make the argument, frankly I think they — not necessarily intentionally — but they have accelerated the arrival of Obamacare,” he said Thursday afternoon.

The Senate Republicans, on the other hand, are, as a whole, more open to the commission’s proposal. During a joint press conference, both Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) said they would vote for the plan. In their joint statement, the Senators said about the need to reduce the deficit, “everyone in America should be prepared to sacrifice.”

They irony of Coburn and Crapo saying that while they fight diligently to keep the tax rate of millionaires low, at a cost to the government of around $700 billion, shouldn’t be lost on anyone. Just another reminder that this talk about “deficit concerns” is used as a great excuse for class warfare by the rich against the working class.

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Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at