GOP's Ryan calls Obama too timid on spending cuts

July 15, 2011 - 8:14 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican chairman of the House Budget Committee is accusing President Barack Obama of being unwilling to embrace the level of spending cuts necessary to avoid constant repetitions of the debt stalemate currently gripping Washington.

Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin tells MSNBC that spending cuts must be "much more than what's being talked about right now" if the government is to achieve anything more than a temporary solution.

White House talks on a deal have gone nowhere, and Obama and Democratic and Republican leaders are still searching for a legislative package designed to produce enough votes for a debt-limit extension that would avert a government default next month.

Ryan says Obama "is just unwilling" to go beyond the amount of budget cuts considered necessary to get past the current crisis.