House passes Paul Ryan’s budget
With a party-line vote of 219-205, the House passed Paul Ryan’s budget plan. Twelve Republicans crossed party lines, joining all the Democrat House members, to vote against it. Ryan’s budget would repeal Obama’s health care law, cut social programs, and fundamentally change the Medicare system.
While the budget calls for drastic cuts to social programs such as college loan programs, food stamps and health care for the poor, the armed forces are protected from cuts. A 25% corporate tax rate and a change to just two tax brackets, 25% and 10%, are also part of Ryan’s proposal.
The budget plan, like Ryan’s previous budget proposals, has little chance of becoming law, but it will serve as a platform for the Republicans. Conversely, Democrats will use Ryan’s plan to campaign against Republican candidates.