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Ryan Budget passes U.S. House

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Republican Party's fiscal platform passed along party lines, with Republicans praising it.

"We're offering a plan to save Medicare now and for future generations," said Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin.

Democrats tore it apart.

"The Ryan Budget is more like a the reverse Robin Hood budget. It takes away from middle class and poor to just give subsidies to the super rich," said Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-Queens.

The plan would balance the budget by slashing $5 trillion from government spending over the next decade. Democrats warn it would eviscerate social safety net programs and make drastic changes to Medicare for future retirees.

Every New York Democrat voted against the plan, and every New York Republican, with the exception of Congressman Chris Gibson, backed it.

Rep. Tom Reed supported it, despite the fact that it could be used as a talking point against him in his re-election battle this fall.

"What we owe to the American people is a process where we're open, transparent, and black and white, so people can contrast the differences for the people of America," said Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning.

The bill isn't going anywhere in the Senate, so from a legislative standpoint, it is dead for the year. With that said, it will live on as a political document in the midterm elections later this year.

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