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To help Senators and activists prepare for this week's Senate votes on competing budget plans, FreedomWorks has prepared a handy cheat sheet.
We've done the research for you, carefully reviewing and "grading" each plan based on numerous important criteria.
For example, you can use this one-pager to see how quickly the various budget proposals will take to achieve balance.
Tea-party-aligned Senators Pat Toomey would balance in 7 years, for example; while Mike Lee's would balance in 5 years, Rand Paul's in 5 years, and the House-passed Ryan budget in a mere 26 years -- or only 10, depending on your economic growth-rate assumption. Note the high grades earned by President Obama and Senator Harry Reid! :)
(Click on link image above, or the link below, for a full-size PDF copy of the chart.)
We first published this report card on March 26, 2012, prior to House consideration of the budget.
The House passed the Ryan budget on March 29, 2012.
To date, the Senate has failed to pass a budget for more than three years running.
Thanks to FreedomWorks research intern Daniel Anderson for helpfully compiling this handy chart.