Republican House passes budget that could become a midterm election issue

04/11/2014 10:38 AM

04/12/2014 4:50 PM

The House continues to take action on hopeless causes.

Lawmakers on Thursday approved a budget, the fourth by Republican Rep. Paul Ryan. It included a 10-year spending and tax plan that would balance the federal budget by 2024, repeal the Affordable Care Act and chainsaw $5.1 trillion in spending.

The measure has no chance in the Democratically controlled Senate. But it’s a sure bet that the Republican-generated budget will be a major issue in the midterm elections.

Ryan’s budget bill includes deep cuts in education, food stamps and transportation. If the Republicans take over the Senate, this budget could place in jeopardy any anticipated federal funding for Kansas City’s long-sought light rail system.

Medicare would be changed under the Ryan budget and, of course, there are more tax cuts for the wealthy, The New York Times reports. Military spending also would increase.

Goodbye middle class. It was nice knowing you.

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