WASHINGTON — When all was said and done Arkansas Rep. Mike Ross just said no to all budget options on the table this week.

WASHINGTON — When all was said and done Arkansas Rep. Mike Ross just said no to all budget options on the table this week.

The Prescott Democrat opposed a series of Democratic, Republican and bipartisan budget alternatives that came up for votes over the last two days in the House of Representatives.

The marathon debate ended after the House voted, 228-191, to approve a $3.5 billion budget bill sponsored by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., largely along party lines.

Ross said Thursday that he would not support any budget that punishes seniors.

“The Republican budget shifts the rising costs of health care onto the backs of our seniors who did nothing to get us into this mess in the first place,” Ross said.

The Ryan budget, he said, would transform Medicare from a guaranteed benefit to a voucher program to purchase private insurance. The Congressional Budget Office projected that the change would cost seniors $5,900.

Ross also complained that the Ryan budget failed to balance the budget until 2040 while accumulating more than $3 trillion in debt over the next decade.

“We need a bipartisan, commonsense budget proposal that stops deficit spending and is fair to our seniors,” Ross said.

Reps. Steve Womack, R-Rogers, Tim Griffin, R-Little Rock, and Rick Crawford, R-Jonesboro, voted in favor of the Ryan budget.

Griffin said the Ryan budget would reduce federal spending from 24.1 percent of gross domestic product in 2011 to 20 percent by 2015.

“Under the House budget, tax rates will be lowered and the tax structure will be simplified for individuals, businesses and families. It also prevents indiscriminate cuts to the defense budget and protects services for military families and veterans,” Griffin said.

Womack said the Ryan budget resolution was “indicative of our serious intent to put America on a different fiscal path, ending the era of trillion dollar deficits.”

Over the past two days, the House rejected six alternative budget resolutions before adopting the Ryan budget. Ross was one of 13 House members who voted against all of them.

Republicans offered one alternative they claimed was essentially the budget proposal that President Obama submitted last month to Congress. It was unanimously rejected.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Ca., said it was a “caricature” of the Obama budget. Pelosi said that an alternative offered by Democrats on the Budget Committee essentially reflected Obama’s proposal with some minor adjustments.

The House defeated the Democratic alternative, 262-163, with 22 Democrats in opposition including Ross.

On Wednesday evening the House voted down a bipartisan alternative proposed by Reps. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., and Steven LaTourette, R-Ohio, that was based on recommendations offered last year by the Simpson-Bowles commission.

“We ask that our colleagues stand up to America’s biggest domestic threat and enemy, the $15 trillion — soon to be $22 trillion debt - that’s staring us in the face,” LaTourette said. “The time is now. We’ve got to get it done. This is the only bipartisan approach.”

Ross said he supported the framework of the Simpson-Bowles Commission but opposed could not support the Cooper and LaTourette alternative because its provisions on Social Security and Medicare were “too vague and potentially harmful to America’s seniors.”

An alternative offered by the conservative Republican Study Committee that featured deeper spending cuts than the Ryan plan was also rejected.

Proponents said it would balance the budget in five years. Griffin voted for the RSC plan while Ross, Womack and Crawford opposed it.

Ross also voted against more liberal budget substitutes offered by progressive Democrats and the Congressional Black Caucus. Womack, Griffin and Crawford also voted against those proposals.