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Congressman Ryan Wants to See Change

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)-It was a packed house in the Doubletree tonight where supporters gathered to hear Paul Ryan talk  about "The American Idea" and how to get out of our country's debt.

Republican representative Paul Ryan was in town to get support from the Iowa Republican party after pitching his new budget plan to Congress.

Yesterday, the house approved a new plan that Republicans say would balance the nation's budget in 10 years by cutting taxes, repealing the affordable care act and cutting social programs.

"The House of Representatives put our votes on the line and passed a budget that balances the budget and pays off our debt," the former Vice-Presidential nominee in 2012 said.

But even with the support in the room, some are worried that Ryan's budget plan will cause deeper cuts in education, child care, Medicare and health care.

"The economic policy institute said that the Ryan budget would cut 3-million American jobs which would equal to firing the entire population of the state of Iowa," Matt Sinobic, the Executive Director of Progress Iowa.  He believes that the budget plan could be detrimental to our country too.

Ryan said he knows that Americans are scared about the future of our country but wants to see change.

He said [Americans] should stop focusing on political party lines, even within his own party, "Let's try to give up on the fighting. The left loves to say our party is in this civil war. I don't see it."

But some corridor Democrats are still not sold.

"It would be completely disastrous for middle and working class Iowans," Sinobic said.  "He is putting the burden of paying taxes on the people who can't afford it."

CBS 2 News tried to reach out to members of the Republican Party who attended the event, but no one was able to speak with us.
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