Republican representative (Wisconsin) and chairman of the House Budget Committee, Paul Ryan mentioned that deep and unpopular budget cuts will likely happen. On NBC's "Meet the Press" this Sunday, he said that automatic spending cuts are going to occur because ""Democrats have opposed our efforts to replace those cuts with others."
Democrats made tax increases part of the equation in stopping the cuts to the Pentagon and domestic spending. Republicans oppose any tax increases. Spending cuts were first proposed in order to spur lawmakers to reduce the deficit.
Ryan was the vice presidential Republican candidate in 2012. He said the country needs to control its spending in order to head off a debt crisis.