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Wisconsin Congressman Ryan's budget alternative passes U.S. House

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - A federal budget alternative crafted by Janesville Republican Paul Ryan passed the House Thursday on a party line vote.

Wisconsin's other four GOP members joined Ryan in voting yes. The state's three Democrats voted no.  

Ryan, the House budget chair, said his package would put the nation on a path toward prosperity by balancing the budget within a decade.

Just like the last three years, the Democrat-controlled Senate has no plans to take up the House budget. Some Democrats said they'd use it to campaign against Republican House members who are running against Senate incumbents this fall.  

House Speaker John Boehner calls the Ryan plan "our vision for getting Americans back to work."

Ryan says Congress owes the country an alternative budget which grows the economy, pays off the deficit, and lowers the long-term national debt. It includes key provisions Ryan has offered in the past -- like giving seniors less expensive vouchers for Medicaid instead of covering their bills directly.

Democrats said the Ryan budget would harm the economy by cutting social safety net programs, and reducing the top federal income tax rate. It also includes higher defense spending.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)