Republicans say RSC budget needed to save Medicare, Medicaid

Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) said the RSC budget would also give states more say over how Medicaid dollars are spent, which he said responds to voters' demands that states take power back from Washington.

"Block grants of federal Medicaid dollars to the states will do just that by allowing states, the people closest to the people, to use their ingenuity and creativity to make Medicaid dollars work more effectively," he said.

Democrats, as expected, rejected the RSC budget as even more drastic than the budget the House is expected to approve from Budget Committee Chairman Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanDem: Ex-lawmaker tried to pin me to elevator door and kiss me Two months later: Puerto Rico doesn’t have power, education or economy running again On Capitol Hill, few name names on sexual harassment MORE (R-Wis.).

"If the Republican budget is a doubling down on the policies that brought us to the brink … my brother from New Jersey presents a budget which I think quadruples down," Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) said in response to comments from Rep. Scott GarrettErnest (Scott) Scott GarrettScott Garrett poses real threat to EXIM Bank, small businesses Overnight Finance: Trump repeals consumer arbitration rule | GOP scrambles on tax bill | Trump floats repealing ObamaCare mandate in tax bill | Powell told he'll be picked for Fed chair | Fed holds off on rate hike | Bank nominee gets rough reception Manufacturers increase pressure against Ex-Im nominee Garrett MORE (R-N.J.).

While Ryan's bill is expected to pass on Friday, several Republicans are expected to back the RSC proposal. GOP Reps. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeSpokesman: Flake’s vote on tax reform will have nothing to do with Trump Trump slams Flake over hot-mic comments: Senator's career is 'toast' Bannon: McConnell 'picking up his game' because of our 'insurgent movement' MORE (Ariz.) and Mike Pence (Ind.) both said on the floor they would support the RSC budget, although Pence added that he also supports the Ryan budget.