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House Passes Paul Ryan's Budget, Approves Senate Changes to CR

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The House of Representatives voted Thursday morning to pass House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget proposal, which outlines spending levels over the next decade while achieving an annual budget surplus in the year 2023.

The resolution passed 221-207.  It was opposed by all House Democrats in addition to 10 House Republicans.   Reps. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), Paul Broun (R-Ga.), Rick Crawford (R-Ark.), Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.), Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.), Joe Heck (R-Nev.), Walter Jones (R-N.C.), Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), Randy Forbes (R-Va.) and David McKinley (R-W.Va.) opposed the budget.

Last year, 10 Republicans also voted against the Wisconsin congressman's budget, including Amash, Gibson, Jones and McKinley.

Moreover, there will be no government shutdown for the next six months.

The House also voted on Thursday to approve the Senate’s changes to the House-passed continuing resolution, sending the bill to fund the government on to President Obama for his signature.  The president is expected to sign the legislation when he returns from an overseas trip in the Middle East.

That vote passed 318-109, with 203 Republicans voting in favor along with 115 Democrats.  Twenty-seven Republicans opposed the stop-gap appropriations measure, voting to shut down the government, in addition to 82 Democrats.

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