Watch: Keith Stumps House Republicans on the Budget

On Friday, the House debated the budget proposal put forth by the Congressional Progressive Caucus, a response to the budget drafted by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI).

Think Progress writes:

During the debate, CPC Co-Chair Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) asked Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN) when the Ryan budget would balance and create a surplus. After hemming and hawing for a few seconds, Rokita ultimately couldn’t come up with an answer.

ELLISON: When does the Ryan budget create a surplus?

ROKITA: The budget proposed and voted on by the committee-- [...]

ROKITA: With responsible, gradual reforms to the drivers of our debt, like Medicare and Social Security, this budget will balance--

ELLISON: I asked the gentleman when the Ryan budget created a surplus. He could have given me a year. He didn't. That's because he's probably embarrassed about when that is. Let me tell you when the Progressive Caucus budget comes into surplus: 2021. That is known as a responsible budget.



The answer to the question is that the “courageous” and “innovative” Ryan budget would create a surplus for the first time in 2040, according to the Congressional Budget Office. An analysis by the Economic Policy Institute, meanwhile, determined that the CPC budget would indeed turn a $30.7 billion surplus in 2021, nearly two full decades ahead of Ryan’s “bold” plan.

Read the full article.


Republicans can't answer Keith when he asks at what point does the Ryan road map to ruin balances the budget. However, a responsible budget, such as the People's Budget, creates a surplus by 2021.

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