WASHINGTON, Ill -- The House of Representatives, Thursday, passed Congressman Paul Ryan's 2014 budget.
The House voted 221 to 207, largely along party lines, to advance the bill. The plan seeks to balance the budget within a decade, primarily by saving $4.6 trillion through cuts to spending and reforms to Medicare.
Former Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan (R-WI) came from Washington D.C. to Washington, Illinois to speak at a fundraiser for Congressman Aaron Schock Thursday night and he spoke largely on that budget bill.
In his speech Ryan said the government simply cannot keep borrowing the way it has.
"We know that there are proven ideas that work. It's respect the taxpayer, it's reform government, it's cut wasteful spending, it's reform these incredibly important entitlement programs that we've organized our lives around before they go bankrupt. We have a problem coming, it's a debt crisis. We see it coming, we want to prevent it from happening," said Rep Ryan.
Freshman Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL) released a statement Thursday, saying she opposed the bill because hurt the middle class and would end Medicare as we know it.
Ryan's 2014 budget will likely never become law, due to opposition from both the President and Senate Democrats.