March 29th, 2012
03:37 PM ET
2 years ago

House passes GOP budget

Washington (CNN) - 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.

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  1. Rudy NYC

    from the article:

    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.
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    How come the article doesn't tell us what the annual deficit would be? Because it is well in excess of $1.5 trillion?

    March 29, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  2. Four and The Door

    The Republican House of Representatives has not forgotten what American voters said in 2010. They have consistently worked to get federal spending under control and the unemployment numbers have been dropping continuously since they were elected. This is the national political system working like it was designed. The voters are in charge.

    March 29, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  3. Al-NY,NY

    The GOP thinks that Americans are just plain stupid. Their plan has no chance but they continue to blather on and on about disproven economic theories in the hope that people will think they are acting responsibly. The sheep/lemmings/drones will of course line up at the trough to chow down on this drivel. The rest (thinking people) see right thru it and will reject it's ideas.

    March 29, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  4. Ray E. (Georgia)

    It would be nice if the Senate would take up the budget. The democrats had a majorty in both houses but refused to do anything. It is time.

    March 29, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  5. Bill

    Four and the Door-

    You are so right – the voters are in charge and these GOP clowns are going to get hammered in November. Including your "front runner" Romney. What a joke.

    March 29, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Four and The Door wrote:

    The Republican House of Representatives has not forgotten what American voters said in 2010. They have consistently worked to get federal spending under control and the unemployment numbers have been dropping continuously since they were elected. This is the national political system working like it was designed. The voters are in charge.
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    Unemployement was dropping long before the 2010 elections. According to your claims, employment should be back to under 6% by now. But, since your claims are simply false talking points, that would explain why the only significant difference that the Tea Party has made on government spending has been a lowering of our credit rating. It never happened before they showed up, and as you say, cut spending.

    Shouldn't spending cuts have had a positive effect? Oh yeah, that's right. The Tea Party started demanding that we default and not raise the debt ceiling. Suppose a Republican does win the White House in 2012. This RomneyRyan Plan would require that we raise the debt ceiling again and agan. What is the Tea Party going to do about that? Raise it, of course.

    March 29, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  7. Republican Not Voting for Romney

    Great, pass it, we won't forget. What's wrong with these folks. I know several Republicans that are seriously thinking of changing parties.

    March 29, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  8. demwit

    Budget? Whats that??

    March 29, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  9. Moderate Sean

    Four and The Door –

    If Republicans in the House have not forgotten what the American voters said in 2010 in terms of reining in Federal spending, then please explain to me why they just blocked (In Senate) a Democratic effort to save over $2 Billion a year in Gas/Oil subsidies provided to the Nation's oil companies? I don't care if that amount is a drop in the bucket or not as compared to the overall US Budget. Two billion dollars is a lot of money and combined with other savings helps reduce our deficit. These companies do not need this subsidy......please stay on task and answer this question and don't provide many of the Reps usual talking points (Solyndra, etc...), as they have become moot to most Americans from what the polling is consistently showing! I as a taxpayer want my money going to reduce the deficit or even some being applied to very needy priorty programs.

    March 29, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  10. Lisa P

    How about a plan where the millionaires and billionaires match every $ taken from programs that help poor, working and middle class folks? What would that budget look like?

    March 29, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  11. GonzoinHouston

    Just another political publicity stunt. Nothing gets passed without the cooperation of both parties, and the GOP is adamantly against any form of cooperation. We voted for jobs in 2010, if you will remember. What we got was abortion, grid lock, and tea parties. I will vote mostly democrat this time (never straight party), but I will come back to the GOP when it comes back to reality.

    March 29, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  12. bobcat2u

    That is how the GOP is hastening their demise. Messing with medicare is tantamount to sticking a fork in an electrical outlet. Since we the people pay for your medical, why do you feel it's okay to mess with the retired peoples medical. If you want to restructure something, how about you start by disallowing yourself from the welfare medical you receive.

    March 29, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  13. Ed1

    Why don't we start with government jobs from the President on down and reduce pay, holidays, and vacation time.

    I am sick and tired of wasting my tax dollars on out government getting bigger and spending my money that they are not held accountable for.

    i know the Unions, Congress, and the Senate will not lead by example time to vote out all the bums who are free spending with our tax dollars.

    Social Security and Medicare are not Entitlements I have paid into them for 46 years and that's money owed back to me not every Tom, Dick, and Harry who haven't paid anything in.

    It's time that our Senate and Congress start paying into their retirement like we have to and stop the ability of voting for their own raises. Our government is the problem trying to run our businesses like they know how and can't even balance the budget.

    Stop spending what you don't have.

    You should have a budget with more money that you take in period.

    March 29, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  14. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    The Republicans have the ONLY plan to get this country BACK on a sound financial footing.

    The Democrats have no budget (for YEARS!), no plan and no clue on how to do it. With Democrats controlling government we will be Greece in 5-10 years. I hope everybody on the government dole will be happy with what that means: MASSIVE cuts in, and probably elimination of several, in entitlement programs because that is where most of the money is spent. And as a side benefit, rioting in the streets and your creditors dictating conditions, just as you see in Greece today. They do NOT run their country anymore.

    March 29, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  15. Jules

    to Four – what in the heck are you talking about – the congress has done NOTHING! The things that have made a difference in the economy were passed before 2010 midterms or were taken care of by the president through executive order.

    March 29, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  16. Four and The Door

    Rudy NYC
    Unemployement was dropping long before the 2010 elections.
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    Here's data directly from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Month by month showing that only after November 2009 it started to decrease.

    2009 7.8 8.3 8.7 8.9 9.4 9.5 9.5 9.6 9.8 10.0 9.9 9.9
    2010 9.7 9.8 9.8 9.9 9.6 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.5 9.5 9.8 9.4
    2011 9.1 9.0 8.9 9.0 9.0 9.1 9.1 9.1 9.0 8.9 8.7 8.5

    March 29, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  17. Scott S.

    They go on and on about how Obama is going to end Medicare, and then they produce a plan that cuts Medicare. Wow. And people are willing to continue wearing that blindfold and vote Republican because "What if I wanted to start my own business?"

    March 29, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  18. Paul1st

    It is very easy for the GOP to vote for a budget that balances budgets and pays off the national debt. They know it will not pass and so it will not be tested by reality. Ryan's plan is a fast track to financial doomsday for America. When will the House stop this nonsense and work together to do something that has a chance of fixing our financial problems?

    March 29, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  19. cali girl

    Not sure why this is going on. A 2013 budget was passed months ago.

    March 29, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  20. Four and The Door

    Jules
    to Four – what in the heck are you talking about – the congress has done NOTHING!
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    I'll start with the $100 billion decrease in the 2011 Obama budget. Then we can talk about forcing Obama against everything he could fight with to accept a spending cut with the debt ceiling increase. Both of these were huge and will have significant impacts on our nation's debt. If it was still the Democratic House you can be certain the nation's debt would be above $18 trillion now and heading for $20 trillion.

    March 29, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |