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What "Compromise" Will Ryan Demand For A Short-Term CR Extension ?

13 Feb 2011
Posted by Stan Collender

Melanie Starkey of Roll Call reported this morning that House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) said on Fox News Sunday that he would be willing to consider a short-term extension of the continuing resolution that expires on March 4 "while we work out a compromise."

This is a cleverly worded nondenial denial by Ryan.  In all probability, his idea of a compromise is a short-term CR at the greatly reduced spending levels House Republicans proposed on Friday (story here; list of proposed cuts here).  A simple extension of the existing CR at the current levels not only might not be acceptable to Ryan but, given the way House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) was forced to come up with additional spending cuts last week when his original plan was deemed too small by some members of the GOP caucus, it's not clear that a simple extension could even pass the House.

And if that's not enough, it's also not clear that the House would even be allowed under the new rules it adopted at the start of this Congress to consider a simple extension of the current CR.

So what Ryan might really have been saying is that a short-term extension of the CR is possible as long as it's on his terms.  To me, that sounds like a threatened shutdown.



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