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Panel Oks GOP Budget To Cut Spending, Aid To Poor

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House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., center, flanked by committee member Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., left, and the committee’s ranking member Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., begins the markup of budget plan that would slash $5.1 trillion in federal spending over coming decade and promises to balance the government’s books with wide-ranging cuts in programs like food stamps and government-paid health care for the poor and working class, Wednesday, April 2, 2014, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

 

 

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Republican plan stuffed with familiar proposals to cut across a wide swath of the federal budget has breezed through the House Budget Committee.

 

The panel adopted the measure late Wednesday on a party-line vote after Democrats assaulted its sharp cuts to health care coverage for the middle class and the poor, food stamps and popular domestic programs such as highway construction, health research and education. GOP supporters said it’s needed to prevent a looming fiscal crisis.

 

The plan by Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan promises $5.1 trillion in cuts over the coming decade to bring the budget into balance by 2024.

 

The plan is a nonstarter with the Democratic-controlled Senate and President Barack Obama, but gives Republicans a vehicle to polish their budget-cutting credentials before the November elections.

 

AP-WF 4/2/2014 19:56

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