House passes Ryan budget, 221-207
posted at 3:48 pm on March 21, 2013 by Guy Benson
A strong bipartisan majority in the House defeated three Democratic budget resolutions last night. Today, a strictly partisan majority approved Paul Ryan’s FY 2014 budget, with every Democrat and a handful of Republicans voting ‘no.’ This marks the third year in a row that the Republican-held House has complied with the law by introducing and passing an on-time budget resolution. The same cannot be said of Senate Democrats or the president. Ryan’s proposal balances within ten years, doesn’t raise taxes, and reduces deficits by $4.6 trillion compared to the current spending path. Senate Democrats’ alternative proposal never comes close to balancing, raises taxes by $1.5 trillion, and accelerates spending beyond current, bloated levels. Paul Ryan laid out the choice in a floor speech prior to today’s vote:
“[President Obama] set a record this year: Two months with no plan, while we have trillion dollar deficits and a debt crisis on our horizon. They have time for the attacks, but no time to offer serious solutions. His party’s leaders are unfortunately failing to offer a serious account of our challenge. No serious plan to grow the economy or create jobs. No plan to ever balance the budget. Take more — trillions of dollars more — to spend more in Washington. That’s what got us in this mess in the first place.”
The Senate is debating the Reid/Murray plan live on C-SPAN 2 — if you can tear yourself away from NCAA hoops. Tempting, right?
UPDATE – In retrospect, this piece is pretty funny.