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GOP's Paul Ryan: White House officials 'don't talk to us'

Rep. Paul Ryan, soon to be House Budget Committee chairman, said he had no idea whether members of the White House were taking the national debt seriously, because he has little contact with them.

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Rep. Paul Ryan (R) of Wisconsin was the guest at a Monitor-sponsored breakfast for reporters Thursday in Washington.

Michael Bonfigli/Special to The Christian Science Monitor

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Rep. Paul Ryan (R) of Wisconsin, the top House Republican on budget matters, peeled the curtain back a little on GOP relations with the Obama White House Thursday.

Congressman Ryan, a member of the president’s bipartisan debt commission and soon to be House Budget Committee chairman, was asked if President Obama and his administration share the view of some on the left that the talk about a federal debt crisis is overblown.

“I don’t know, they don’t talk to us,” said Ryan, speaking to reporters at a Monitor-sponsored breakfast for reporters Thursday. “So I don’t know what they think. I’ve talked to the president and [Treasury Secretary] Tim Geithner since November and that’s the only person I’ve talked to.”

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