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US House passes 2015 Budget plan; expected to fail in Senate

WASHINGTON (WTVB) - Branch County’s representative in the U.S. House, Republican Congressman Tim Walberg, is touting House passage Thursday of a 2015 Budget plan that would reduce spending by five trillion dollars over the next decade and balance the federal budget. The proposal stands zero chance in the Senate. The House passed the Budget by a vote of 219 - 205 and Walberg says it marks the fourth consecutive year House Republicans have passed a responsible budget. 

In contrast, he says the Senate has chosen to not produce a budget this year, having only offered one budget in the last five years. The House also voted on a number of budget alternatives, including President Obama’s 2015 budget proposal, which failed by a vote of 413-2. Walberg says the Budget illustrates the House’s continued commitment to balancing the budget; putting America on a path to pay off the debt while still expanding opportunity for all hardworking taxpayers.  Setting our budget priorities is what an accountable and transparent Congress is supposed to do. In doing so, Walberg says he remains committed to tackling our nation’s debt, cutting wasteful spending and creating a fair and simple tax code, while still providing a reliable safety net and helping our nation’s most vulnerable get back on their feet.

The plan was authored by GOP Congressman Paul Ryan, but the Senate is unlikely to even take it up. There’s already a budget plan in place for next year. The Paul budget plan is more of a declaration of principles for Republicans going into the midterm elections. The White House calls the plan a “top down approach” to the economy that would result in critical cuts.