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Ryan says GOP wants to avoid government shutdown


WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House is rejecting a Republican plan to cut trillions of dollars in government spending over the next decade, saying it would spare the rich and burden seniors, the poor and workers who lose their health care.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said that the president also wants to reduce the deficit, but believes "there's a more balanced way to achieve that goal."

Said Carney: "We strongly disagree with this proposal" by GOP House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan.

Carney's comments echoed those of congressional Democrats and illustrated the deep divide over how to remedy the deficits and debt that saddle the nation's finances

The plan submitted by Ryan, R-Wis., would cut about $5 trillion over the upcoming decade.


WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Republican chairman of the House Budget Committee says the GOP isn't "looking for a government shutdown" but is serious about demanding cuts in spending to curb mounting federal deficits.

Wisconsin's Paul Ryan tells CBS's "The Early Show" that a stopgap bill to keep the government running past a shutdown date at the end of the week will pass the House, but says he's not certain about the Senate. Ryan says the Republican-run House has passed three emergency spending bills and says the problem is in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

Of GOP demands for billions in budget cuts, Ryan said Tuesday "we're looking to get a down payment on this deficit reduction." He also said that lawmakers must come to grips with decisions on how to fix the financially troubled Medicare and Medicaid programs.

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