The Hill: Democrats unload on ‘reckless’ budget

House Democratic leaders wasted little time Tuesday hammering Rep. Paul Ryan’s 2015 budget proposal, framing it as a “reckless” and “unrealistic” document designed only to score political points with the Republican base. [READ RYAN’S BUDGET PROPOSAL.]

The plan from Ryan (R-Wis.), the chairman of the House Budget Committee, aims to eliminate deficit spending over 10 years with a combination of tax reforms and more than $5 trillion in cuts to domestic and entitlement spending, including reductions in Medicare and Medicaid benefits.

GOP leaders hailed the proposal as a responsible path toward balancing budgets over the long-term and bolstering jobs now. But Democrats, who have a starkly different notion of where the government should direct its resources, warned that Ryan’s plan would cripple an economy already struggling in the wake of the Great Recession.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) characterized the proposal as a “vision for a less prosperous America;” Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), ranking member of the Budget panel, condemned it as a “reckless” plan that “casts a dark shadow over the American Dream;” and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said the plan promotes “disinvestment” in the very areas — like education and infrastructure — where the country most needs to be spending.

“The nation’s fiscal challenges deserve … an honest and serious budget,” Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), the House minority whip, told reporters in the Capitol. “This is not going to be one.”

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