Centrist Republicans hope to replicate the recent success of their Senate counterparts by boosting spending on health, welfare and education programs this year.
Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.) and other centrists plan to hold a press briefing today in the Capitol basement to seek bigger budgets for programs such as the National Institutes of Health, student loans, heating assistance and job training.
Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) got 27 GOP votes for his amendment to the Senate's budget resolution that would add $7 billion for those programs.
The House Budget Committee plans to meet tomorrow to begin marking up the budget resolution.
Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan is a member of the House Budget Committee. His action or inaction on helping regular folks should tell us a lot about his real motivations. If the past is any indication, he will likely want to cut the programs as much as possible. All of this from one of the people that was falling all over himself to give even more tax cuts to the rich. I cannot believe that Ryan's district actually stands for taking more away from the average guy to give more to the rich and "elite." I hope that voters in Ryan's district join me in watching his actions, ignoring his spin, and holding him accountable come election day.