On-the-record: Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan’s past statements endorsing sequester cuts

Past statements by Paul Ryan, House Budget Committee Chairman and Republican vice presidential nominee, on why he supported sequester cuts:

“What conservatives like me have been fighting for, for years are statutory caps on spending, legal caps in law that says government agencies cannot spend over a set amount of money.

And if they breach that amount across the board, sequester comes in to cut that spending, and you can’t turn that off without a supermajority vote. We got that in law. That is here. So, the best way you can actually bank that trillion dollar spending cut is to have legal caps in law which we haven’t had since the 1990s. We now have them.”

– House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on his support for the sequestration in the Budget Control Act of 2011. SOURCE: Fox News Sean Hannity’s Show, Aug. 1, 2011.  


“The reason we have a super-majority vote in Congress to break these caps is because we want to make it very difficult—you can never fully tie the hands of a future Congress. We want to make it very difficult for Congress to avoid this budget discipline. We want to make sure that we put a system in place with binding caps that are tough to circumvent, that are backed up with sequesters so that, you know what, Congress actually makes the tough choices.”

– Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) statement on the Statutory Pay As You Go Act of 2009 on the House Floor in July 22, 2009. SOURCE: Congressional Record – House (PDF)


“The reason PAYGO worked well in the 1990s is because it was statutory. If you did not comply, an across-the-board sequestration would take place, and the threat of that was one of the reasons why PAYGO was successful.”

– Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) statement on PAYGO & sequester cuts on the House Floor in Jan. 5, 2007. SOURCE: Congressional Record – House (PDF)


“What this will do is allow to have a sequester to kick in if Congress exceeds its spending items. Just like the sequesters we have talked about before in the old Committee on the Budget days, if Congress overspends, because we have this in law, a sequester kicks in and brings spending back into conformity with the budget.”

– Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) statement on the Ryan/Gutknecht Amendment on June 24, 2004. SOURCE: Congressional Record – House (PDF)


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