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Rep. Earl Blumenauer: House GOP budget 'fantasyland'

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Democratic Rep. Earl Blumenauer, a member of the powerful House Budget and Ways and Means committees, called the House Republican budget proposal “fantasyland” that would harm the nation’s economy.

“It’s a hopeless mishmash that will never happen, and if it did it would not stimulate the economy,” the liberal Oregon lawmaker told C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” Tuesday. ”Look what’s happened in Great Britain where they’re on the austerity kick. How’s that worked out? We’ve had far greater economy growth than the Brits.”

He also chided the House proposal, written by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, for “magically” promising to balance the budget despite cutting taxes.

The House plan, which for $4.6 trillion in spending cuts during the next decade, cleared the chamber’s budget committee last week along a party-line vote. While the measure may pass the full House along similar lines, it is expected to face a quick death in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

Mr. Blumenauer held particular scorn for the proposal’s provision to eliminate President Obama’s health care reform law, saying the the president’s election and strong showing by Democrats in the 2012 elections prove that most Americans endorse “Obamacare.”

“This was the main argument against the president by [Republican presidential nominee Mitt] Romney and Ryan,” he said. “The voters decided, they reelected the president, they elected more Democrats to the Senate and Democrats in the House got a million more votes than Republicans.”

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