WASHINGTON -- House Republicans will revive Rep.
The blueprint from Ryan, the party's former vice presidential nominee, is expected to be met with stiff opposition not only from Democrats, but also from hard-line Republicans who want deeper austerity cuts to more quickly balance the budget.
But in a campaign season, Ryan's "Path to Prosperity" budget is expected to provide voters with a clear choice of party priorities.
House Republicans will return to the core ideas from Ryan, the Budget Committee chairman, that have come to define the party's approach: Cut federal spending on
Ryan retained his idea for turning the Medicare health system into a voucher-like program for future seniors, providing a fixed amount of cash that can be applied toward the purchase of private health insurance. The voucher may also be used to enroll in traditional Medicare, but it may not fully cover the cost.
Republicans once promised that the Medicare changes would not start on anyone older than 55, but under Ryan's budget they would apply to those who are no older than 56 as of this year.
Drafting the budget for the 2015 fiscal year, which begins in October, was a challenge this time because the nonpartisan
To get to balance -- especially while protecting Pentagon accounts -- Ryan shifts the burden of reductions onto domestic programs.
He suggests money can be saved by cutting
Largely gone is any hint of the agreement Ryan made last year in a moment of bipartisanship with Sen.
"The Path to Prosperity is not just a budget -- it is a blueprint for the country's future," Ryan's budget committee wrote.
Federal deficits are already on the decline this year from the record highs of the recession. But deficits will rise again, in large part because of the drop-off of the workforce and higher healthcare costs associated with the aging of the population, the Congressional Budget Office has said.
Ryan's budget faces almost certain opposition from both parties. It's unclear whether it will come to a vote, and if so, whether it would pass the House.