Published December 20, 2015
The House has adopted a compromise GOP budget that promises to speed repeal of the new health care law while channeling a 7 percent budget hike to the Pentagon.
The 226-197 vote sends the non-binding budget plan to the Senate for a vote next week. It promises to balance the budget in nine years with more than $5 trillion in spending cuts, though Republicans make clear they aren't interested in actually imposing controversial cuts to programs like Medicare, food stamps, Pell Grants or the traditional Medicaid program with follow-up legislation.
Instead, the House-Senate budget framework increases defense spending in the near term by padding war accounts by almost $40 billion next year. Senate Republicans blocked a House plan to dramatically rewrite Medicare for future retirees.