WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has soundly rejected a balanced budget plan authored by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan.
Five Republicans joined every Democrat present to kill the measure, which failed on a 40-59 vote.
The GOP's most ardent tea partyers — Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah — opposed the measure, which projects a balanced budget in a decade but relies on $600 billion-plus in tax revenues on the wealthy enacted in January to do it.
Susan Collins of Maine and Dean Heller of Nevada also opposed the Ryan plan, which cuts sharply from safety net programs for the poor and contains a plan to turn the Medicare program for the elderly into a voucher-like system for future beneficiaries born in 1959 or later.
"We Don't Have a Gun Problem. We Have A Criminal Problem." - Bearing Arms - Anti-Gun Hysteria, Video
Two Impossible Things That Could Happen in 2016 | Human Events
Kurt Schlichter - Anti-Gun Rights Fascists Fail Again
DeRay Mckesson slams actress Rebel Wilson for 'F*** tha Stripper Police' outfit
The Beginning of the End | RedState
Nick Adams - Not a Single Illegal Immigrant in 7 Months... In Australia
WaPo editorial writer about to become very unpopular with #BlackLivesMatter - Hot Air