WASHINGTON – Republican Sen. Susan Collins (ME) expressed her opposition Friday to the House GOP budget, becoming the first senator in her party to oppose the blueprint that privatizes Medicare and cuts Medicaid while reducing taxes on the rich.


"I don't happen to support Congressman Ryan's plan but at least he had the courage to put forth a plan to significantly reduce the debt," Collins told the Maine-based news station WCSH 6.

The sweeping proposal, drafted by House Budget Committee Chairman (R-WI), passed the House last Friday on a largely party line vote of 235-194. Senate Democrats have dismissed it as a nonstarter, and President Barack Obama has rejected it.

"I give the Congressman credit for coming up with the plan," added Collins, who is regarded as a moderate Republican. "The president has yet to come up with a detailed plan."

Watch Collins make her remarks, via WSCH6.com.

[Courtesy The Hill via TPM's Benjy Sarlin]