House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., encouraged members of the House to vote for President Barack Obama's budget Wednesday. Issuing a statement on the eve of Thursday's budget debate, Pelosi called support of budget in the face of staunch Republican opposition.

The Republican budget proposal would give bigger tax breaks to the richest Americans than even President Bush doled out, produce continued high deficits, and weaken Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, Pelosi said. Republicans would halt our economic recovery in its tracks, repealing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in their budget, which is creating and saving jobs across the country.

Wednesday, House Republicans unveiled an alternative budget proposal to the federal spending priorities put forward by Obama and Congressional Democrats.

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., the ranking GOP member of the House Budget Committee, said Wednesday that the proposal was designed to present a clear alternative to the Democratic plans, as Obama and his administration had challenged in recent weeks.

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