April 2 (Bloomberg) — Representative Paul Ryan's budget plan will frame an election between a Republican Party that wants to eliminate the deficit partly by cutting U.S. social spending and Democrats who want to boost the safety net.

"It's very important to offer people a choice," Ryan said yesterday of his proposal, which would lower the top income-tax rate to 25 percent from 39.6 percent now.

The budget plan unveiled yesterday would increase defense outlays while cutting non-defense programs — a broad category of spending that covers everything from national parks and housing vouchers to NASA and environmental regulation.

The House Budget Committee chairman's plan has little chance of being enacted this year. He and Senator Patty Murray, a Washington Democrat who heads the Senate budget panel, reached a deal in December to set top-line spending at $1.014 trillion for the 2015 fiscal year that starts Oct. 1.

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