"I think there is some debate in the House Republican leadership on whether they need to produce a budget this year," says Robert Bixby, executive director of the Concord Coalition. He added "but writing a budget shouldn't be seen as a voluntary thing. It's the law. I hope Paul Ryan writes a budget. It seems like he wants to. I wish the Senate Democrats decided to write a budget. It's important to have a debate on fiscal policy." Bixby argues the ambivalence that some House Republicans feel about writing a budget appears largely due to pledges they've made in the past several years: that they would write a budget that reaches balance in a decade - and do so without raising taxes. He said, "House Republicans have painted themselves into a corner and are trying to reconcile numbers that are not reconcilable - during an election year. You can understand their reluctance."