5 Opposing Budgets to Ryan Plan Fail in House
3/20/13 – Updated with links to how each member of the house voted. Please be advised the Republican ‘no vote’ totals differ by one due to house.gov not calculating Boehner’s non-vote.
3/21/13 – Updated with .pdf downloads of all budget plans offered.
As alternatives to H. Con. Res. 25 (Ryan Plan), Republicans and Democrats alike offered up a total of 5 substitutions. Most votes were Republican party line with the exception of the Republican Study Committee Budget Plan, with Democrats splitting their votes on all except the RSC Plan.
The Ryan Plan, a.k.a. “The Ryan Republican Job Killer Budget” as ordained by Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), includes the following:
Total Spending (2014-2023) – $41.5 trillion
Total Spending Change (2014-2023) – $4.6 trillion decrease
Total Revenues (2014-2023) – $40. 2 trillion
Total Deficit Reduction (2014-2023) – $ 4.6 trillion decrease
Surplus (2014-2023) – $7 billion surplus in 2023
Total Discretionary Budget Authority – $966 billion for FY 2014
$10.8 trillion over ten years (2014-2023)
Long term budget
Recommends revenue and spending targets of 19.1 percent of GDP for FY 2030, 2040, and 2050
Proposes legislation that would establish a trigger requiring the President to submit legislation that would shore up Social Security trust fund
Repeal President’s health care law – saving a total of $1.8 trillion over ten years including a repeal of Medicaid expansions saving $636 billion; repeal exchange subsidies saving $1.1 trillion and $23 billion in savings from other provisions
Block grant Medicaid at FY 2012 levels indexed to CPI and population growth saving $810 billion; implementing medical liability reform and additional income-relating provisions in Medicare saving $129 billion over ten years; converting Medicare to premium support system in 2024 for workers born in 1959 or later. New program capped at GDP plus .5 percent
Other Mandatory Spending Reductions
Elimination of categorical eligibility for food stamps and LIHEAP loophole. Block grant SNAP beginning in 2019 and places a five year time limit on participation saving $135 billion
Increase federal employee contributions to 50-50 employee-employer split saving $132 billion
Ends mandatory spending for Pell grants saving $98 billion and converts the program to discretionary funding while maintaining the current maximum award level
Reform farm bill direct payments saving $32 billion
First up to submit an amendment was Rep. Mulvaney (R-SC) who offered an insertion of the text found in the Senate Democratic Budget Resolution (S. Con. Res. 8) that went to committee on March 15.
According to the Republican Senatorial Policy Committee’s Executive Summary, S. Con. Res. 8 “increases spending by $645 billion over 10 years and increases taxes by $1.5 trillion. Including the effects of a new stimulus included in the resolution, this budget increases spending by $691 billion relative to making no changes in current law. The national debt in 2023 would total $24.4 trillion, or 94 percent of GDP under the Democrats’ budget.”
Final Vote: Yea: 154 (D) – Nay: 226 (R), 35 (D) – Present: 0 – No Vote: 6 (R), 11 (D) – Total 432 votes
The second offer of substitution was brought by Rep. Scott (D-VA) on behalf of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). The CBC’s 2014 budget plan “increases spending $5.7 billion over 10 years, raises taxes $2.8 trillion, increases deficits and debt more than $2.9 trillion, reduces defense spending more than $224 billion” compared to the Ryan Plan.
Final Vote: Yea: 105 (D) – Nay: 225 (R), 80 (D) – Present: 1 (D) – No Vote: 7 (R), 14 (D) – Total 432 votes
Next up was a budget plan offered by Rep. Grijalva (D-AZ) on part of the Progressive Caucus (CPC Budget Plan 2014 Executive Summary). By far the highest increases in spending, it also received the most ‘nay’ vote tally. The PC plan increases spending $8.7 trillion, raises taxes $5.7 trillion, increases deficits $3 trillion, increases debt $3.6 trillion, and cuts defense spending $658 billion.
Final Vote: Yea: 84 (D) – Nay: 225 (R), 102 (D) – Present 1 (D) – No Vote: 7 (R), 13 (D) – Total 432 votes
The most Republican divisive vote fell with amendment/substitution #4: Rep. Woodall (R-GA) / Republican Study Committee Budget Plan (H. Res. 122). Watching the votes on C-SPAN showed multiple vote changes back and forth with the Democrats alternating between the ‘present’ and ‘nay’ columns, while those voting present largely outnumbered Democrats voting at all on the RSC plan.
The RSC plan is said to balance the national budget within 4 years, as opposed to the 10 years enthralled within the Ryan Plan. It also reduces the baseline revenue to 18.5% of GDP, sets discretionary spending for FY 2014 at $950 billion, repeals both Obamacare and American Tax Relief Act in their entirety, grows defense funding from $552 billion in 2014 to $678 billion in FY 2023.
Final Vote: Yea: 104 (R) – Nay: 118 (R), 14 (D) – Present: 171 (D) – No Vote: 10 (R), 15 (D) – Total 432 votes
The last alternative brought to the floor was on behalf of the Democrat Caucus by Rep. Van Hollen (D-MD). Falling away from the idea of altering or abolishing Obamacare in any form, the Democrat Budget Plan increases spending by $5.1 trillion over the Ryan Plan, raises taxes more than $1.2 trillion, increases deficits by $3.9 trillion, adds more than $4 trillion to the national debt, cuts additional $224 billion from defense budget, closes tax loopholes on wealthy Americans and gas & oil companies, cuts medicare provider payments by $141 billion and other mandatory programs by $70 billion, continues stimulus spending, and increases overall spending by $476 billion.
Final Vote: Yea: 165 (D) – Nay: 225 (R), 28 (D) – Present: 0 – No Vote: 7 (R), 7 (D) – Total 432 votes
financial figures in the substitutions derived from Legislative Digest