House passes GOP budget that sharply cuts spending

House Republicans have passed a budget plan that would bring the federal government

FILE - In this March 18, 2013 file photo, House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate pressed ahead Wednesday on a huge, bipartisan spending bill aimed at keeping the government running through September and ruling out the chance of a government shutdown later this month. The developments in the Senate come as the House resumed debate on the budget for next year and beyond. Republicans are pushing a plan that promises sharp cuts to federal health care programs and domestic agency operating budgets as the price for balancing the budget in a decade. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans have passed a budget plan that would bring the federal government's finances into balance in 10 years by sharply cutting safety-net programs for the poor and by clamping down on domestic agencies.

It would not raise taxes, in sharp contrast to budget plans offered by Democrats.

Instead, the plan written by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan -- which passed on a 221-207 party-line vote -- would reduce spending on the Medicaid health care plan for the poor and eliminate "Obamacare" subsidies.

It exempts the Pentagon and Social Security beneficiaries from spending cuts but revives a plan to turn Medicare into a voucher-like system for beneficiaries born in 1959 or later.

The plan sets nonbinding targets for taxes and spending.


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