House Republicans approved a budget resolution Wednesday. The plan includes an increase in defense spending.
The House voted 228 to 199 on H.Con.Res. 27 Wednesday, sponsored by Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., chairman of the House Budget Committee. This comes after the lower chamber voted on another budget proposition submitted by Price (a total of six budget proposals were deliberated on, noted Politico). Price’s other proposal only garnered 105 votes.
Price’s second proposal, coined ‘Price 2,’ passed narrowly 219 to 208, The Hill reported. Seventeen Republicans defected in the final vote, while every Democrat present voted against it, a strategy known as “Queen of the Hill.”
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The plan includes $20 billion more in defense spending beyond what the House Budget Committee approved last week, for a total of $96 billion.
“Unlike the president, who proposes $2.1 trillion in new tax hikes, our budget does not raise taxes, and in fact calls for a fairer, simpler tax code that makes America competitive with the rest of the world,” said Majority Whip Steve Scalise in a press release after the vote.
Our tax reform plan promotes economic growth and job creation rather than President Obama’s class warfare and Washington-knows-best approach. The House-passed budget provides real increases for a strong national defense and repeals Obamacare while paving the way for patient-centered reforms that lower costs and get federal bureaucrats out of our health care decisions.
Politico details how Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, was the lynch pin in ensuring passage of a budget resolution:
Jordan could have rallied his far-right conservative members against the measure and made life very difficult for leadership, but he blessed the dual-budget-vote strategy, giving conservatives a chance to make their voices heard and leadership a path forward.
Jordan, in fact, helped come up with idea [sic] for multiple budget votes in order to build support for the leadership plan.
The Senate is expected to vote on the budget resolution Thursday. This includes a so-called “vote-a-rama” session in which countless amendments are voted upon throughout the evening. The Daily Signal explains:
Senators will be confined to the floor with little staff–and no lobbyists–present. However, they will have access to their cell phones, albeit in a limited fashion. When they need a break, Republicans and Democrats are welcome to take trips into their respective cloakrooms where they can enjoy a snack or watch March Madness.
h/t: Fox News