House Passes Ryan Plan; All Democrats Vote No
His 2012 blueprint calls for overhauling Medicare and Medicaid
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 15, 2011 1:46 PM CDT
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – In a prelude to a summer showdown with President Obama, Republicans controlling the House today passed a bold but politically risky budget blueprint to slash social safety net programs like food stamps and Medicaid and fundamentally restructure Medicare. The GOP plan, authored by Rep. Paul Ryan, passed 235-193 with every Democrat voting "no." Obama said in an Associated Press interview that it would "make Medicare into a voucher program. That's something that we strongly object to."

The nonbinding plan lays out a fiscal vision cutting $6.2 trillion from yearly federal deficits over the coming decade. "If the president won't lead, we will," said Speaker John Boehner. "Now is the time to address the serious challenges that face the American people and we will." Obama saw the situation differently. In the interview, he said the Republicans' "pessimistic vision ... says that America can no longer do some of the big things that made us great, that made us the envy of the world."

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Apr 16, 2011 4:49 PM CDT
Bohner said he would lead, hell yes he will, lead us over another cliff just like the last Republican President did. You Republicans are dumber than shit.
Apr 16, 2011 9:43 AM CDT
Democrats voted "no" because there was not an option to vote "hell no, go screw yourselves".
Apr 16, 2011 3:19 AM CDT
After george bush as president i realize we live in a fascist country,its big brother all over with the patriot act and if that not enough look at home land security.For no reason they can throw you in jail or prison for years and not charge you with a crime.Spy on or wire tap you your mother and the rest of your family because its their job.Know i realize why they bailed out wall street and aig.CROOKS