U.S. Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, both Republicans from Georgia, voted in favor of the GOP 2014 budget plan “Path to Prosperity” on Thursday night, but it was not enough to get the measure passed in the Democratic-controlled upper chamber.
The Republican budget proposal passed the U.S. House of Representatives, although barely, earlier today along party lines, and the Senate Democrats weren’t expected to approve it.
The vote in the Senate was 59-40 with five Republicans voting against it: Susan Collins (R-Maine), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Dean Heller (R-Nev), Mike Lee (R-Utah), and Rand Paul (R-Ky).
Democrats criticized the “Path to Prosperity,” introduced earlier this month by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) because of “severe budget cuts,” tax increases on poor and middle-class households, and tax cuts for high income earners.
Some Republicans voted against the measure because they believe it doesn’t go far enough when it comes to government spending. Still others on the right believe Ryan’s budget is too drastic.
During the 2012 presidential campaign, Republican candidate from Georgia Newt Gingrich called a previous version of Ryan’s budget plan “right-wing social engineering.”