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Apr272011

Florida Lawmaker Heckled While Defending Paul Ryan's Budget Plan

Webster [dot] House [dot] gov(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- Republican lawmakers are now getting a taste of what Democrats went through when they tried to defend their vote for the health care law last year.

The latest controversy surrounds Rep. Paul Ryan's budget plan, which calls for major overhauls of entitlement programs such as Medicare and Medicaid.

When Florida Republican Congressman Daniel Webster tried to explain his reasons for supporting the Ryan proposal before a hometown crowd at a town hall meeting Tuesday, the session quickly turned into a noisy and heated shouting match.

As Webster calmly tried to detail what he sees as out-of-control federal spending and debt, and how the Ryan plan brings back fiscal responsibility, he was shouted down by audience members belonging to liberal groups like Moveon.org and Organize Now.

Webster didn't get much of a word in as his critics accused House Republicans of trying to kill retirement benefits for people under 55 while keeping tax breaks for the rich.

Even those who rallied for Webster were unable to be heard over the shouting.  Eventually, two police officers had to flank the congressman while calling for cooler heads to prevail.  They didn't, and the meeting ended without Webster getting his points across.

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