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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Rep. Ryan's budget passed by the House with 10 GOP defections

Most of the media is reporting that Ryan's budget sailed through the House 228-191 and mostly along party lines. But few are reporting the amount of budget - it's $3.6 trillion!! By the way, 2011 tax receipts totaled $2.3 billion so Ryan's budget will run huge deficits - well over $1 trillion. Even worse, the military is exempt from cuts. Politico wrote "The Armed Services Committee is exempted entirely". Ryan's budget doesn't cut anything and pretends to cut the rate of future government spending. We've been down this road before and spending cuts have never materialized. Romney has endorsed Ryan's budget. 10 Republicans voted NO on Ryan's piece of crap budget including Walter Jones and Justin Amash.
The Republican-led House approved Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) budget plan on Thursday by a 228-191 vote, as 10 GOP lawmakers defected and not one Democrat backed the measure. The passage of the Ryan's blueprint represented a significant political victory for House GOP leaders, who have struggled to pass high-profile legislation in recent months. Democrats ripped Ryan's resolution, claiming it would end Medicare "as we know it" and predicting it would backfire on the GOP this fall. This year's vote was by a narrower margin than the 2011 vote that passed Ryan's budget 235-193. Four Republicans bucked their party last year....Republicans voting against the Ryan budget were Reps. Justin Amash (Mich.), Joe Barton (Texas), John Duncan Jr. (Tenn.), Chris Gibson (N.Y.), Tim Huelskamp (Kan.), Walter Jones (N.C.), David McKinley (W.Va.), Todd Platts (Pa.), Denny Rehberg (Mont.) and Ed Whitfield (Ky.).
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