Ryan budget passes House of Representatives

Alexis Levinson Political Reporter
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WASHINGTON — Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget passed the House Thursday.

The 221-207 vote fell mostly along party lines, with no Democrats voting for the bill.

Ten Republicans voted against the bill: Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, Georgia Rep. Paul Broun, Arkansas Rep. Rick Crawford, Virginia Rep. Randy Forbes, Rep. Chris Gibson of New York, Georgia Rep. Phil Gingrey, Nevada Rep. Joe Heck, Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina, Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie, and Rep. David McKinley of West Virginia.

Broun came out aggressively against the bill earlier this week in a New York Times opinion piece, saying that it “fails to seriously address runaway government spending.”

Massie told TheDC that he felt the Ryan plan did not balance the budget fast enough, and did not stop government growth.

“Not only does it not balance the budget, it grows government at 3.4 percent every year for the next five or so years, and then it starts growing it faster,” he said. (RELATED: Senate Democrats promise to bring Ryan budget to a vote)

“Passing this measure allows us to keep our focus where it belongs: replacing the president’s sequester with smarter cuts that help balance the budget, fixing our broken tax code to create jobs and increase wages, protecting priorities like Medicare, and expanding opportunity for all Americans,” said Speaker John Boehner in a statement.

The Ryan budget, which balances the budget in 10 years through spending cuts and entitlement reform, is not expected to pass in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

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