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Yesterday, the House passed Paul Ryan's ten-year budget plan on mostly party lines while rejecting President Obama's budget unanimously. In my audio update this morning, I discuss the votes and give a brief look at the state of the national budget debate.
P.S. In the update, I name the 10 Republicans who voted against the Ryan budget, characterizing them as fiscal stalwards. That isn't quite right. Some of them are squeamish Republicans who apparently don't want to cut spending, at least not in the way that most of their fellow Republicans do.
The strongest fiscal conservatives, whom I should have named, but unfortunately didn't, are the following five Republicans who voted only for the more conservative alternative, the RSC budget, which was the only plan offered that would balance the budget. They are: Justin Amash (MI), Joe Barton (TX), Tim Huelskamp (KS), Paul Broun (GA), and Ron Paul (TX). These five are the cream of the cream. We need more like them in Congress.
For a more detailed written account, and additional information on the budget debate, go to this recent blog post.
Dean Clancy is FreedomWorks' Legislative Counsel and Vice President, Health Care Policy