The Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed the GOP leadership's 2013 budget plan by a vote of 228-191.
The measure has no chance of passing the Democratic-controlled Senate but creates a clear contrast between the two parties on a number of tax and spending issues ahead of the general election.
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's $3.53 trillion blueprint includes an overhaul of the nation's tax code and major changes to popular entitlements such as Medicare -- expensive programs that in the past have been considered politically untouchable.
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