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This week on the Hill: 

Last week, House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R.-WI) released his budget, and this week the Republican Study Committee released its budget. Click here to read the Ryan budget, and click here to read the RSC budget.

The Senate is considering H.R. 933, the continuing appropriations bill, which contains the Continuing Resolution to fund the government through FY 2013. 

  Poll Shows Party Preferences of Voters on Budget Issues


            A strong majority of voters recently polled indicated they prefer Republican fiscal policies but more of those polled seem to trust the Democratic Party more than the Republican Party on budgetary issues. Of the 1,000 respondents in The Hill/Pulse Opinion Poll on March 14, 2013, 65% answered that budget deficits should be reduced mostly by cutting spending and only 24% stated that budget deficits should be reduced by raising taxes. 


           When asked which Party they trust more on budgetary issues, 35% of those polled trust the Democratic Party more while 30% trust Republicans more. Thirty four percent said they trust neither Party more than the other and 2% were not sure.


            Fifty five percent chose a budget plan which cuts $5 trillion in spending, includes no new taxes and balances the budget in ten years. The poll report states that this plan is, in essence, "the path recommended by House budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis) last week." Only 28% chose a budget which includes nearly $1 trillion in tax hikes and $100 billion in infrastructure spending and lowers the deficit but does not balance the budget - the plan put forth by Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-Wash) last week. Seventeen percent were not sure which of the two budget plans they preferred.


            Additionally, when asked whether the healthcare reform law ("Obamacare") should be fully implemented, fully repealed or neither, 45% of respondents believed it should be fully repealed (part of the Ryan plan) and only 37% believed it should be fully implemented. Fourteen percent chose "neither" as their answer.

  Republican National Committee Issues Party Status Report


             Yesterday, the RNC released its most comprehensive postmortem election report and plan for the future. The "Growth and Opportunity Project" report is the result of a four-month study during which five appointed co-chairs traveled the country gathering input from more than 52,000 stakeholders and experts in what has been called the most public and most comprehensive review of any major political party in history. Click here to access the report. 


              Explaining that there is no one solution in finding what works with voters, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, speaking at the National Press Club on Monday, March 18, at which the National Federation of Republican Women President was present, unveiled over 219 recommendations in this unprecedented effort to re-tool the Republican Party and improve Republican campaigns. Priebus echoed Republican Party principles which begin with making available to all the promise of opportunity and announced that "our principles are firm;" principles of freedom and growth and opportunity.  He reminded the audience that Republicans champion issues such as lifting people out of poverty, providing for families to have more take-home pay, immigration reform, and school choice, recognizing that our students must have better schools.


              According to Priebus, focus groups described the Party as "narrow-minded, out of touch, and stuffy old men," resulting in seven categories of recommendations presented by the project: messaging, demographic partners, campaign mechanics, friends and allies (third party groups), fundraising, campaign finance, and the primary process. As to the last, the project plan recommends shortening the primary process, staging fewer candidate debates and holding more primaries which tend to attract more mainstream voters as opposed to caucuses, and holding the Republican National Convention earlier in the year. Recommendations were made which are specific to earning a greater percentage of the Hispanic vote, the Asian and Pacific Islander American vote, the African American vote, women's vote, and the youth vote. 

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