Reid to force Senate vote on controversial Ryan budget
WASHINGTON – Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) will hold a Senate vote on Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) controversial budget plan, Raw Story has confirmed.
The plan, recently approved by the House, has virtually no chance of passing the Democratic-led Senate. The vote would serve to put Senate Republicans on the record in favor of slashing taxes on the rich while replacing Medicare with a voucher program.
“There will be an opportunity in the Senate to vote on the Ryan budget to see if Republican senators like the Ryan budget as much as the House did,” Reid told reporters on a conference call. “Without going into the Ryan budget we will see how much the Republicans like it here in the Senate.”
Numerous polls have found the budget’s provisions to be unpopular, and House Republicans who voted for it two Friday ago — all but four backed it — have since faced a backlash from constituents back home.
Reid said enactment of the plan would be “one of the worst things that happened to this country.”
A date hasn’t yet been set for the vote, a Reid aide said.