After debating on and voting down five alternatives to the Ryan Budget Plan yesterday, the House passed the Ryan Budget strictly on party-line votes with only 10 Republicans splitting away from the party to vote no.
Final Vote: Yea: 221 (R) – Nay: 10 (R), 197 (D) – Present: 0 – No Vote: 1 (R), 3 (D) – Total Votes: 432 votes
Press release from the House Budget Committee website (of which Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) is chairman of):
House Passes a Responsible, Balanced Budget
March 21, 2013
WASHINGTON—Earlier today, the House of Representatives passed H. Con. Res. 25, the budget resolution for fiscal year 2014. The House Republican budget stops spending money Washington doesn’t have and fosters a healthier economy to create jobs. This marks the third consecutive year House Republicans have passed a responsible budget on time.
Moments before passage of House Republicans’ responsible, balanced budget, Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin made the following statement on the House floor:
“We are offering a responsible, balanced budget. It recognizes that if we can’t get a handle on our out-of-control debt, we will lose control of our future. We cut wasteful spending and balance the budget.
“This plan recognizes that concern for the poor is not measured by how much money we spend in Washington, but instead how many people we help get out of poverty. We reform anti-poverty programs so they work. We help strengthen communities and families.
“We recognize the need for a vibrant economy. According to two top economists, this plan would ‘boost the economy immediately.’ Right away, it would result in 500,000 more jobs and $1,500 more take-home pay for families. We would have 1.7 million more jobs and $4,000 more per family in the tenth year alone.
“So what can be done? The good news is that we now have a vehicle for regular order. Democrats derailed the budget process when they gave up governing a few years ago. Nearly four years without a budget. We brought them back in the game this spring. That is a good thing. In the weeks ahead, we will make the case for our approaches to the budget. We will try to make divided government work.
“We owe the American people a responsible, balanced budget. That’s what we’re delivering today.”