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. Andreas Moser


    March 29, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    There's your answer people. Especially the retired individuals who depend on medicare and other services. They are trying to make major changes in these programs that I can't see would benefit anyone but their wealth cohorts.
    Please remember this when you go to the polls in November. If they manage to get in there with majorities, we are in trouble.

    March 29, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. SilverHair

    Only rednecks ant tea drinkers qualify to pontificate on the budget. All others are too dumb. Your grand kids will not be able to care for their parents.

    March 29, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    WE NEED TERMS for our congressional leaders! Their policy take from the old and the poor to keep the rich VERY rich!

    March 29, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    Term limits on these career politicians is the only way we're going to get any say back of what our " leaders" say is for our own good.

    March 29, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • High Hopes

      Are you really agreeing with me, this time

      March 29, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. High Hopes

    As if the elderly aren't suffering enough, they want to take away the programs they worked and paid into for years, why?

    March 29, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat) ©

      @ High Hopes

      Yes we have paid into those systems all of our working lives, but that matters not to our "honorable" lawmakers. Why should they care when they get all of their care for free ? As long as they can maintain their high falooting lifestyle and that of their rich cohorts, nothing else matters.

      March 29, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. fernace

    Well, this sounds very much like what Guv'nah Goodhair told Texans last year, that he supported the weakest in our community, the ill, the elderly & children! Then he & his Lege proceded to cut all & every program that benefited those people! Education & healthcare? For snobs! Pension plans? Not yours anymore! Sounds to me like the GOP-TP want to implement much the same for the rest of the nation! It IS how the rich get richer! Subjugate the working class, keep them down & make them grateful for scraps! It works so well in 3rd world nations! Except it doesn't in the information age! Workers in those nations are getting restless! In fact all peace & personal freedom loving people everywhere are standing up to intimidation & subservience, to regimes that are detrimental to their health & growth as a nation & people! Our situation isn't that dire now, but it has potential to be, if we, the people don't stand up for ourselves! Vote like your life depends on it! It does!!

    March 29, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    Term limits, yes!

    I fail to see how SS can be called "enti tlements" when one pays into it their whole working life...if Congress would keep their filthy hands out of SS, we wouldn't even be having this conversation.
    Jesus wept.
    What a mess.

    March 29, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @banasy: exactly. i'm sure when they shut it down, we'll all get a check for the money we've put in, right? that won't be cheap.. not to mention the medicare we pay for..

      another symbolic move by the house. maybe we should make them symbolic, like the queen of england. they could show up at parades and we'll line the streets when their sons and daughters get married.

      March 29, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Not a bad idea, except we wouldn't watch their kids get married, and they would likely have to duck from all the rotten tomatoes being thrown at them if they showed up at parades...

      March 29, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |

    only 10 republican oppose it? Wat where they tinking?

    March 29, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    @ banasy, they consider it enti tlements because in their case it is! Congressmen/women do NOT pay into FICA/SS during their time in Congress. And in most cases thats many years.

    March 29, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      How charming that they keep taking what they don't pay into.
      Those archaic laws need to be repealed, also.
      Tired of these people breaking our backs so their offshore accounts get bigger.

      March 29, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ronvan

    Maybe it is time to have 4 different parties! 2 is worthless as we continually see!

    March 29, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ron

    On a brighter note...well...uh... I got nothin...

    March 29, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      How are you?

      March 29, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    lmao @ ron, that was cute! 🙂

    March 29, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    @ ron, Quirky News! A mich woman fell off a 6 ft pier while walking and texting. If youre walking right now then you should really – OH MY GOD, LOOK OUT! Roflmmfao!

    March 29, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. banasy©

    What do you want to bet she sues the pier? LMAO!

    March 29, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
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