Utah Sen. Lee Stands Behind Ryan Plan

Friday, 27 May 2011 10:33 AM

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While there have been some Republicans in the Senate backing off their support for the party’s Medicare reform proposal, Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, has no qualms about standing behind the politically controversial plan. Lee, who won his seat last fall with tea party backing, said he’s committed to the bold plan put forth by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., ABC News reported Friday.

senator, lee, ryan, plan“I'm not nervous about what Republicans are doing,” Lee said. “Republicans are the only group in this town who put forward a budget, a budget that’s gone anywhere. The only budget we've got from any Democrat right now is the president’s, which got exactly zero votes on the floor of the Senate yesterday. That tells you something about where his leadership in this country is taking us.”

Even though some in the GOP have stepped back from the Ryan plan, Lee believes the party is unified behind remaking the federal entitlement program.
“Obviously it's an enormously complex problem,” Lee said.

“We need to continue to message that well, to explain it to the American people. To explain most importantly the fact that the current path, allowing Medicare to remain intact, unchanged, simply isn't an option,” he added.

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