Paul Ryan wants to force the House GOP to work on its own plan to deal with the sequester, while also forcing the GOP to address a $1 trillion spending package to avert a government shutdown.
Ryan told reporters Tuesday that he’s willing to work through the sequesters to make sure that we have the ability to respond to the needs of the American people, including those in the military.
He said the House is still reviewing the final budget and it would take several weeks for the final package to become law.
Ryan has been under fire for not having worked out the specifics of his own spending bill before announcing it.
The Republican majority leader has argued he doesn’t need to be involved in the process of crafting the bill before it becomes law.
But Republicans are still in the dark on how to pay for the cuts.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said she wants to know more about how to offset the cuts before she votes to advance the bill to a conference committee.
“There are a lot of ways to offset,” she said.
Democrats are also looking at a different option.
They’re considering a measure that would require Congress to spend its own money on the military and domestic programs, which they’ve rejected as too expensive.
Democrats are concerned about the sequestration cuts, which will hit Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, but they’re also looking to find ways to get those programs to cover the costs of higher education.
Republicans have also been talking to their fellow Republicans in the Senate about what they could do to make their own spending bills more palatable to the public, including raising taxes on the wealthy, including the top 1 percent of earners, and raising taxes for middle-income families.
The House GOP budget plan, which was released Tuesday, calls for $7 trillion in tax cuts over 10 years for all taxpayers.
That would generate a $2.3 trillion tax cut over 10 months, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
The House Democratic caucus is also considering a tax increase on the wealthiest Americans that would raise $3.6 trillion over 10 decades, the CBO said.
The CBO also estimates that a $500 tax credit for families with incomes of $100,000 to $200,000 would raise more than $4,000 in additional taxes for the average family over the next decade.
Democrats have also argued that tax credits for families who earn more than that would not be enough to offset cuts to Medicare.
Many Republicans say the tax credits should be used to offset sequestration cuts to other programs, including for education and Social Security.