House Speaker Paul Ryan defended his reputation as a deficit hawk Tuesday despite his recent support for tax cuts and spending hikes, saying that he still favors major entitlement reforms.
"Over the long term horizon, we’ve got to get this debt under control and the only way to do that is entitlement reform," Ryan said in an interview on Fox Business.
Ryan was forced to defend his fiscal bona fides after host Maria Bartiromo challenged him for first passing a major tax cut and then agreeing to a deal to increase spending over the next two years.
"I still am" a deficit hawk, Ryan said.
Last year, House Republicans passed a bill to replace Obamacare and revamp Medicaid, but the Senate did not do the same.