Seventeen Republicans — both centrist and conservative — joined every House Democrat Wednesday in voting against the Republican House budget resolution.
The final vote tally of 229 — 199 was reached after a "complicated parliamentary procedure" during which six different budgets were voted on in an attempt to make sure that both deficit and defense hawks felt heard, according to Politico.
When all was said and done, the House version cuts spending by $5.5. trillion and balances the budget over ten years and repeals Obamacare while revolutionizing Medicare and Medicaid and overhauls the tax code. There would be no tax increases under the House resolution.
Democrats, according to the Daily Kos
, have characterized Republicans as "duplicitous" for including in the budget revenue from Obamacare, which would be scrapped, something the GOP says would account for $2 trillion of the $5.5 trillion in cuts.
Members of the GOP who opposed the budget resolution, The Hill
reports, were Reps. Justin Amash of Michigan, Ken Buck of Colorado, Barbara Comstock of Virginia, Rick Crawford of Arkansas, Chris Gibson and John Katko of New York, Tim Huelskamp of Kansas, David Jolly of Florida, Walter Jones of North Carolina, Raul Labrador of Idaho, Frank LoBiondo of New Jersey, Thomas Massie of Kentucky, David McKinley of West Virginia, Martha McSally and David Schweikert of Arizona, Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina and Wisconsin's Jim Sensenbrenner.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said on the floor afterward that the budget resolution makes Republicans' vision "very clear."
"In our vision, Washington lives within its means," he said. "In our vision, we don't raise taxes on the American people. In our vision, we set the stage for a strong American future. … This budget is a better path."
Texas Rep. Kevin Brady told Politico that the House budget "creates pressure for the Senate to pass a budget."
"I mean, no excuses — none. … Once they get that out, we can take the next step and try to find that unified House-Senate budget that really sets us up for reconciliation."
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