House OKs proposal to cut $5 trillion
WASHINGTON -- The Republican-controlled House approved a budget blueprint Wednesday that relies on nearly $5 trillion in cuts to eliminate deficits over the next decade, calls for repealing President Barack Obama's health care law and envisions transformations of the tax code and Medicare.
Final passage, 228-199, came shortly after Republicans bumped up recommended defense spending to levels proposed by Obama.
Much of the budget's savings would come from Medicaid, food stamps and welfare, programs that aid low earners, although details were sketchy. The Republican-controlled Senate will vote on its own version of a budget later, possibly by week's end.