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Senate, including five Republicans, say ‘nada’ to Rep. Paul Ryan’s proposed budget

By Capitol Hill Blue
March 22, 2013

Rep. Paul Ryan: His budget falls flat in Senate. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Rep. Paul Ryan: His budget falls flat in Senate.
(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Five Republicans joined all the Democrats in the Senate to overwhelmingly rejecte a balanced budget plan offered as a symbolic but hopeless cause by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan.

The measure, which failed on a 40-59 vote.

The most prominent tea partyers in the Senate — Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah — joined two other Republicans in sinking the measure, which claimed a balanced budget in a decade but also $600 billion-plus in tax revenues on the wealthy, enacted in January, to reach the goal.

Republicans Susan Collins of Maine and Dean Heller of Nevada also opposed the Ryan plan, which cuts safety net programs for the poor and turned the Medicare program for the elderly into a voucher-like system for future beneficiaries born in 1959 or later.

“It was dead on arrival,” one aide to Ted Cruz, told Capitol Hill Blue.  “Most proposals from Paul Ryan arrive that way.”

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One Response to Senate, including five Republicans, say ‘nada’ to Rep. Paul Ryan’s proposed budget

  1. Sandy Price

    March 22, 2013 at 9:50 am

    After furnishing the massive safety-nets for Americans for several generations, one cannot simply pull back on them based on a potential presidential run for the white house.

    Campaigning for federal Congressional elections allowed many candidates to make promises that destroyed a level of self survival for too many Americans. Our government has been buying the voters that has sent our debt skyrocketing.

    Just about every level of news sources allowed the acceptance of going into Iraq that took too many Americans who believed the lie that Iraq was our major enemy. Our actions in the Middle East may have brought on 911 but many news sources will not believe that we voters were this stupid.

    Questioning President Bush and his neoconservative war lovers would be called a conspiracy today. So we have to research more of our government’s actions when they don’t sound kosher.

    How many more leaders have made the wrong decisions in manipulating our armed services? Do we care enough to questions their authority?

    Ryan’s budget is not a fix except to keep his name in front of the masses in 2016. He knows the ignorance of the American voters. If he doesn’t understand the damage to America brought on under the Bush Administration, then he doesn’t give a damn.