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Senate shoots down Ryan's budget

March 22, 2013 at 5:18 PM
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WASHINGTON, March 22 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate shot down U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan's budget in a 59-40 vote, officials said.

Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash., forced a vote on Ryan's budget Thursday night, The Hill reported.

The budget failed on a 59-40 vote, with five Republicans voting with Democrats against Ryan's plan, which passed the House Thursday morning 221-207 vote.

Ryan's budget featured tax code reform that included a reduces tax rate for those in the highest tax bracket.

"Enough is enough. Republicans received a vote on their extreme proposal; now that it has failed once more, it's time for Republicans to work with Democrats to enact a budget that reflects our values of fairness and opportunity for all," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said after the vote.

The Senate is to vote on a Democrat budget late Friday or early Saturday, The Hill said.

The budget now being considered was put forth by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., along with Murray and includes nearly $1 trillion in new taxes.

"We're going to finish the budget before we leave here for the Easter break," Reid said this week. "That is for sure. My caucus knows this."

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