The ranking member of the House Budget Committee said a Tuesday hearing of that panel to examine the nation's safety net programs will defend a House Republican budget blueprint that “shreds the safety net.”
In a conference call with reporters Monday, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) said chances are “very remote” that the budget plan unveiled last month by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will be approved by the Senate or signed by the president. But he acknowledged that the budget proposal is a clear signal of the direction that Republicans want to take in the future.
“As you know, Gov. Romney has embraced the House Republican budget,” Van Hollen said, referring to the former Massachusetts governor who is now the frontrunner for the GOP presidential nomination. “So there are very real negative consequences to the path they are going down.”