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GOP Defends Ryan Budget as House Vote Nears

Wednesday, 20 Mar 2013 02:04 PM

By Lisa Barron

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As the House prepares to vote this week on a 10-year budget plan, Republicans are fending off attacks from Democrats by arguing that Rep. Paul Ryan's proposal is more appealing to voters.

In an ongoing war of words earlier this week, the Democrats used press conferences, speeches, TV interviews, and YouTube videos to charge that the austerity budget Ryan unveiled last week would hurt women, minorities and low-income people.

According to The Hill, Ryan’s plan to balance the budget by 2023 would rely on major spending reductions, including the elimination of expanded healthcare coverage under Obamacare, rather than new tax revenues.

“This new Ryan Republican budget looks a lot like the old Romney/Ryan Republican budget that Americans less than six months ago rejected at the polls,” California Rep. Xavier Becerra, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, charged on Tuesday.

Ryan has argued that the trouncing Republicans took in the 2012 election was not because of the GOP's proposed austerity measures but because the party failed to properly sell its message to the public.

A recent poll by The Hill suggested that he may be right. It found that voters favor the Republican idea of balancing the budget in 10 years without tax hikes over the Democrats’ plan for a slower approach that includes new tax revenues and some new spending.

The poll, however, also suggested that voters are less supportive of the Republican approach when further details about spending cuts that would be required are revealed.

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