Washington (CNN) - The House of Representatives passed the Republican leadership's 2012 budget proposal Friday, approving a blueprint for cutting federal deficits by roughly $4.4 trillion over the next decade while radically overhauling Medicare and Medicaid - two popular entitlement programs long considered politically untouchable.
The bill passed 235-193 in a near party-line vote. Every Democrat opposed the measure.
The measure, which is bitterly opposed by President Barack Obama, has virtually no chance of clearing the Democratic-controlled Senate.
It is time "to get serious about the long-term crisis our country is facing," said House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. Boehner said he was "hopeful the president will take his job as seriously as we're taking ours."
Republicans "are out to destroy Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid," charged Rep. John Larson, D-Connecticut. This "is a time to draw a line in the sand and fight. ... We will keep their hands off of Medicare and the sacred contract that we have with the people we are sworn to serve."
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the plan "places the burden of debt reduction on those who can least afford it (and) ends Medicare as we know it."
Several spectators were forcibly removed from the House gallery shortly before the vote for yelling and generally disrupting the chamber's proceedings.
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