House set for vote on Ryan budget with big cuts

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WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are marching ahead with an election-year budget that promises to balance the government's books through wide-ranging cuts in programs like food stamps and government-paid health care.

That's even though they may be checkmated by President Barack Obama and Democrats controlling the Senate.

The plan by Republican Rep. Paul Ryan is a nonbinding framework aimed more at engaging GOP voters than rival Democrats. It paints a picture of what Republicans would try to do if they claim the Senate this fall and the White House in 2016.

Its cuts to programs like food stamps and government-paid health care for the poor and working class would be difficult to pass even if Republicans controlled both the House and Senate.

A House vote was expected Thursday.

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