As the budget proposal crafted by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., passed the House last week, Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, did what the Wall Street Journal editorial board had urged him not to do: He voted “no,” as did nine other Republicans. In a letter to the editor in the Journal, Huelskamp said that “Republicans lack the necessary strategy to deal with looming tax increases – thus my opposition. Without critical reconciliation instructions (as were used to advance the 1981 Reagan and 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts) to force a vote on tax reform and actual implementation of the budget cuts, the budget is reduced to a campaign slogan,” Huelskamp wrote. He also touted the Republican Study Committee budget, which he helped write, as one that would balance “the budget within a matter of years, not decades.” In what some predict will mirror his December speech in Tonganoxie, President Obama plans to argue today that the Ryan budget would damage the country.
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