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September 25, 2013

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan says GOP will attach conditions to any debt ceiling increase

Former Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, who was in the Kansas City area Wednesday to help raise money for Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s re-election campaign, says he does not expect a default on the federal debt but that his party wants to see changes before agreeing to any increase in the borrowing limit.

House Republicans will attach a series of budget reforms to any bill raising the nation’s borrowing limit, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin said in the Kansas City area on Wednesday.

The House Budget Committee chairman and former GOP vice presidential candidate said he does not expect a government shutdown next week, when the federal government’s spending authority expires, or a default on the nation’s debt later in October.

But Ryan said Republicans will unveil a package of tax reforms, energy policy changes and entitlement reforms later this week that they want attached to the debt ceiling bill before it comes up for a vote.

“It’s been very clear to us that President Obama will not do this on his own,” Ryan said.

President Barack Obama has said repeatedly he will not negotiate over raising the nation’s borrowing capacity. Wednesday, the Treasury Department said the government could run out of cash by mid-October.

Ryan was in the area to help raise money for Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s re-election campaign. The pair stopped in Wichita earlier in the day.

Brownback said his state tax cuts were beginning to show results.

“It is not an experiment,” he said. “This is a known route to go.”

Democratic state Rep. Paul Davis has announced plans to seek Brownback’s job in 2014. Libertarians Keen Umbehr and Tresa McAlhaney also have announced their candidacies for Kansas governor.

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