House passes GOP budget plan
House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan introduces the GOP leadership's 2013 budget plan at the Capitol.
March 29th, 2012
03:48 PM ET

House passes GOP budget plan

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives on Thursday passed the GOP leadership's 2013 budget plan - a measure that has no chance of passing the Democratic-controlled Senate but creates a clear contrast between the two parties on a number of critical tax and spending issues ahead of the general election.

The resolution passed in a strongly polarized 228-191 vote. No Democrats backed the measure; only 10 Republicans opposed it.

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's $3.53 trillion blueprint includes an overhaul of the nation's tax code and major changes to popular entitlements such as Medicare - expensive programs that in the past have been considered politically untouchable.

Republicans say the plan is necessary to slow the growth of exploding federal deficits and put the federal government on the road to fiscal stability.

"We have one of the most predictable economic crises in this country coming. It's a debt-driven crisis. And so we have an obligation - not just a legal obligation but a moral obligation - to do something about it," Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, said Thursday morning. GOP leaders "think the key components are to get spending under control, reform our entitlement programs" and help stimulate economic growth.

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  1. chrissy

    @ banasy, im beginning to think that was not hamsta.

    March 29, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    lmao @ mama, i might agree with you about the name calling had i not already met my mom! She has the worst vocabulary in the history of women everywhere! Worse than any sailor you might meet! Lol she wouldve returned to hamsta with the name comedumpster!

    March 29, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ♔Mmmmm♕

    ...i say that's is the elderly that vote republican anyway...and "karma" that the gop cut their health benefits...medicare!

    March 29, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      @Mmmmm-do you think they will change their vote? Where did you get a look at the new cuts?

      March 29, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • JerseyJeff

      Isn't that such a shame?
      Republicans convince old people that Democrats and health care reform will kill them.
      Obviously, no plan kills anybody. Let's be realistic. Like it or not, nobody is gonna die or get cut off.
      Many make the choice between food and utility bills and medicine. The first real life line they are thrown and the Republicans convince them the life line is a black mamba trying to eat them.

      March 30, 2012 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
  4. Scottish Mama

    @Chrissy-My mom always said ffffffudge and shhhhhoot. She is a saint. The first time I heard her say sh!t, I was an adult and it just did not sound right. It was almost awkward for her to say. Although in scrabble once she tried to use the word C_nt and spell it with a It was the only letters she had Yes we called her on it and my sisters laughed and still remind her of her wicked scrabble

    March 29, 2012 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    lol @ mama, we dont let the grandkids around my mom, thats how bad she is! As for that word for scrabble, my daughter told me the definition: Cant Understand Normal Thinking. Sounds pretty appropriate lmao.

    March 30, 2012 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  6. Superman

    The gov needs to stop making cents just like canada! When will this government ever get it together and help the poor and middle class ?

    March 30, 2012 at 2:18 am | Report abuse |
  7. ron

    @ chrissy and banasy- thanks for the laugh yesterday, something we could all use alittle more of especially in "these" days. Everybody have a great wkend!

    March 30, 2012 at 6:07 am | Report abuse |
  8. JerseyJeff

    Partisan politics.
    No real compromise among the parties in Congress... AGAIN.
    The fact our 2 parties can't even compromise when we are faced with real issues and questions of how we will pay down our deficits and debts makes me sick.
    Both parties are to blame, but Republicans are not fooling many people. They have become the "Do Nothing" Party. You don't win or become a crowd pleaser being the party of "NO"

    March 30, 2012 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
  9. JerseyJeff

    I have a great idea to save billions, though I admit it is not original.
    How about we unilaterally cut our nuclear stockpile and delivery systems to a couple hundred warheads (enough power to destroy an entire continent for tens of thousands of years), get rid of delivery systems that are outdated (ie-silos, ground mobile launchers and tactical nuclear weapons) and then process and sell the plutonium/uranium to American power plants.
    We have 1,800 warheads we can't really use with enough power to do the job 100 times over. Russia, China and the United States (the nations with substantial nuclear stockpiles) are all reasonable nations that want a future. That means these weapons are unusable. Let's get this Cold War relic in line with the times, save money, make the World safer and set a good global example for the future. Common sense. Only billions, but a start down the path of common sense.

    Refer to:
    Nuclear Tipping Point

    March 30, 2012 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      @Jersey nice true post, but I would not accuse our government of having any common sense.

      March 30, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mark L.

    House GOP Budget Plan = DOA (Dead on Arrival) in the US Senate !! NEXT....!!!!!

    March 30, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  11. Duluth

    Repugnant-cans are too stingey. They don't care about anybody but themselves. Their budget is stupid and not bipartisan. It will be very easy for OBAMA to win!!

    March 30, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    This is all an exercise in futility; it accomplishes nothing except to make the divide even wider.
    Why even take the time to write all of this up, knowing it's never going to pass?
    Can't the House just shoot an e-mail to the Senate saying "Now, this is going to pish you off..."?

    Whatta load of hooey.
    Just a waste of time.
    Stop with the baby games and be done with all of this.
    Stop the baloney and DO YOUR JOBS instead of pursuing empty gestures!

    March 30, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    @ banasy, the ONLY reason they took the time to write it up is because its election year. That and all the negative feedback theyve been getting for stonewalling every thing our POTUS has tried to do in the past 3 years! @ mama, too funny girl.

    March 30, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
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