Why Boehner Passed Over Ryan For Super Committee

House Speaker John Boehner‘s decision not to appoint the Republican Party‘s financial wizard, Rep. Paul Ryan, to a 12-member super committee tasked with finding more than $1 trillion in savings came as a surprise to almost everyone but Ryan, who said he asked not to be a member of the panel despite earlier indications that he would serve if asked.

“This past year has shown that the federal budget process is more broken than ever and needs to be reformed,” Ryan said in a written statement, showering praise on the three Republicans that Boehner chose — Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas and Reps. Dave Camp and Fred Upton, both of Michigan.

“If we are truly going to put the country’s fiscal house in order, it will not be enough to temporarily reduce what Washington spends. We must permanently reform the process by which working American’s hard-earned tax dollars are spent.” Wisconsin Congressmen Paul Ryan commenting on why it is more important to address future sweeping budget and entitlement reform.