House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan today voiced confidence that the House will pass his budget tomorrow. And he said that President Obama’s attacks yesterday on his plan for crippling Medicare have strengthened Republican support for the proposal.
Citing tallies by Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, Ryan told a session organized by the conservative-leaning e21, a non-profit economic research group, “Our Whip count is looking really good….The president has helped us.” Extensive briefings by party leaders during recent weeks had reinforced rank-and-file support, he added. “The biggest threats to Medicare are the status quo….Members on our side of the aisle know that.”
Asked about reports that some Republicans are nervous about his budget, Ryan told POLITICO that he has spoken this week with perhaps five GOP members who raised specific questions with him about his budget. He indicated that he had resolved their concerns.