Ryan Sees Progress on the Budget Front, If Obama Breaks the Status Quo

By Susan Jones | April 10, 2013 | 9:41 AM EDT

House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., holds up a copy of the 2014 Budget Resolution as he speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill on on March 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(CNSNews.com) - "I hope it's not just a status quo budget," House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan said Wednesday, shortly before President Obama released his spending blueprint.

"We have massive deficits, a crushing debt, a slow economy, high poverty rates, so is he (Obama) going to break the status quo? Is he going to take on real entitlement reform? Is he going to kick-start true negotiations? That's the question that is open in my mind,” Ryan told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Ryan said he wonders if Obama will follow the Senate in offering a budget with a net spending increase, as well as higher taxes, as has been reported.

On the positive side, Ryan said, "At least we’ve got everybody putting a plan on the table. I mean, we haven't had that for four years. Now the Senate has given us a budget --  don't like the budget, they don't like ours, that's fine. And at least the president, two months late, has put his budget on the table. So now we're going to have to start looking for where the common ground exists."

Ryan said the "real question" is when Obama's plan balances the federal budget. "Does he propose to ever balance the budget? Those are the kinds of things we're going to be looking for: Is it a plan to balance the budget? Is it a plan to get the debt under control? Is it a plan to just raise taxes and more spending, which will hurt families and hurt the economy?"

Ryan said “wholesale change” is needed to get the economy moving.