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Senate Says No Dice to Ryan Budget

March 22, 2013
Paul Ryan during 2012 presidential campaign (file photo)
Paul Ryan during 2012 presidential campaign (file photo)

The U.S. Senate shot down U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan's budget in a 59-40 vote, officials said.

Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash., forced a vote on Ryan's budget Thursday night, The Hill reported.

The budget failed on a 59-40 vote, with five Republicans voting with Democrats against Ryan's plan, which passed the House Thursday morning 221-207 vote.

Ryan's budget featured tax code reform that included a reduces tax rate for those in the highest tax bracket.

"Enough is enough. Republicans received a vote on their extreme proposal; now that it has failed once more, it's time for Republicans to work with Democrats to enact a budget that reflects our values of fairness and opportunity for all," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said after the vote.

The Senate is to vote on a Democrat budget late Friday or early Saturday, The Hill said.

The budget now being considered was put forth by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., along with Murray and includes nearly $1 trillion in new taxes.

"We're going to finish the budget before we leave here for the Easter break," Reid said this week. "That is for sure. My caucus knows this."



Source: Copyright United Press International 2013


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