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.”