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Analysts expect Paul Ryan to play major role in helping avoid "fiscal cliff"


WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - House Budget chairman Paul Ryan of Janesville has taken a low profile since returning to Washington following his failed vice presidential bid.

But analysts expect Ryan to end up playing a major role in determining the final solution to the “fiscal cliff.”

GOP strategist Ron Bonjean tells the Gannett News Service that Ryan’s views will figure prominently into whatever deal is finally worked out. Bonjean says, “You need your best player on the field to negotiate a deal.” And he calls Ryan “the star quarterback of House Republicans.”

Ryan said negotiators can find, “common ground on responsible spending restraint and greater revenue.” But he says President Obama has yet to commit to what Ryan called “real, specific spending cuts.”

Ryan is starting his 8th two-year term in Congress. And House Speaker John Boehner has again named Ryan as the chair of the budget committee, granting an exemption to a House Republican rule that a representative can only serve a single two-year term as a committee chair.