WASHINGTON – The U.S. House approved on a strict party-line vote Thursday a Republican budget plan that would restructure Medicare, enact deeper cuts in federal spending and rewrite the tax code for individuals and corporations.
The GOP set up a fundamentally different spending plan than President Obama's that further highlights the ideological differences between the two sides.
"It is so rare in American politics to arrive at a moment in which the debate revolves around the fundamental nature of American democracy and the social contract. But that is exactly where we are today," said House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., who authored the plan. The proposal passed 228-191, with no Democrats supporting the plan and 10 Republicans voting against it.
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