Senate Republicans are working to kill the Democratic-controlled Senate Budget Committee’s plan to cut the federal budget by $1.5 trillion over the next decade.
In a vote Thursday that did not take place, the Republican-controlled panel rejected the blueprint for a budget deal crafted by the committee’s Republican majority, which includes the chairwoman of the committee, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.).
“The budget proposal that was passed by the Senate Budget and Finance Committee today is not the appropriate budget framework for the federal government to operate,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said in a statement.
“The House has already passed a budget that includes a $1 trillion increase in the national debt, and the Senate is considering legislation that would do the same thing.
The House bill would cut spending for many of the programs that are essential to our national security, and that is why the Senate will not take it up for a vote today.”
The House plan, which has the backing of President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R), includes a package of tax cuts and spending increases, which the GOP leaders say would add up to $1,000 to the national deficit over 10 years.
The Senate budget, on the other hand, would not include any such increases and instead focuses on a plan to raise revenue by lowering the corporate tax rate.
The Senate budget also calls for eliminating many of its entitlement programs, including the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Medicare program for seniors and Medicaid, which covers the disabled.
McConnell and Ryan argued that eliminating the programs would lead to more jobs and would generate more money for the government.
But Democrats argued that the plan was not balanced, and said they would not support it.
The proposal was initially approved by the Republican majority on the Senate Finance Committee, but was then approved by a bipartisan vote of 12-9.
Senate Democrats are expected to join them on the committee.
The vote comes just a week after a House Republican plan to eliminate the Children, Workforce, Education and Health insurance program was rejected.
Republicans have long argued that those programs are vital to the nation’s future.
The House GOP plan would have cut the number of federal employees and eliminated their health benefits.
However, the Senate GOP plan, by contrast, would have repealed the programs, and would also cut funding for education, job training and the Children and Families Department.
Both plans are supported by Trump, who tweeted Friday morning that he was happy to have the two bills voted on.
“It’s good to see that Republicans are now united to end the waste, fraud and abuse that has allowed our nation’s health care system to collapse,” Trump said in the statement.