Pure political posturing: Senate votes down House budget

posted at 5:55 pm on May 25, 2011 by Tina Korbe

In a procedural vote that represented some pretty fine political grandstanding, the Senate this evening voted down the controversial House-passed budget, 57 to 40. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid scheduled the vote to force conservative senators to go on the record in support of Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget plan — a plan opponents say will deprive seniors of adequate health care.

The vote roughly broke down along party lines, but Republican Sens. Scott Brown (Mass.), Susan Collins (Maine), Rand Paul (SC), Olympia Snowe (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) all broke ranks and voted against consideration of the budget.

It’ll be all too easy for Democrats to criticize Republicans who voted for the Ryan plan — but, before they do, they might want to consider this advice, offered in the preamble to the president’s own fiscal commission report:

In the weeks and months to come, countless advocacy groups and special interests will try mightily through expensive, dramatic and heart-wrenching media assaults to exempt themselves from shared sacrifice and common purpose. The national interest, not special interests, must prevail. We urge leaders and citizens with principled concerns about any of our recommendations to follow what we call the Becerra Rule: Don’t shoot down an idea without offering a better idea in its place.

So, what better idea have the Democrats offered? Still none. It’s been 756 days now and that number just continues to climb. The only budget to come from the left has come from the president — and that budget doesn’t exactly address what fiscal commission co-chair Erskine Bowles has called “the most predictable economic crisis in history.” The Congressional Budget Office found that the president’s FY 2012 budget would double the nation’s debt and would never achieve an annual deficit of less than $748 billion.

Before the vote, Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND) said it makes no sense for Democrats to go to a budget mark-up because President Barack Obama, Vice President Biden and leaders of both parties are right now in the midst of budget negotiations — but that doesn’t explain why Democrats didn’t pass a budget in 2010.

No wonder Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), ranking member on the Senate Budget Committee, grows increasingly frustrated with his Democratic colleagues on the committee and in the Senate. That frustration showed when Sessions took to the Senate floor in defense of the Ryan budget this afternoon.

“Let me just say about Congressman Ryan’s budget proposal: It does reduce spending significantly every year,” Sessions said. “It does change the debt trajectory and it does put us on the right path and, if passed, would be … better than doing nothing and absolutely better than the inexcusable budget that’s been presented by [the president].”

Freshman Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) echoed Sessions when she spoke this afternoon.
“The Democratic majority has abdicated a basic responsibility of government by failing to pass a budget,” she said.
Reid has said he really doesn’t think Democrats need to produce a budget — but he was all too happy to stage this vote to Republicans’ detriment. The best way to foil him would be to hammer home the bald fact again and again and again: The Democrats have offered no plan of their own and the president’s plan is not really an option. Those senators who voted for the Ryan plan have to be defended as fulfilling their responsibility to the American people to the best of their ability — and the faithless few like Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) and Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) should be pressed to provide better ideas.

 


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Sens. Scott Brown (Mass.), Susan Collins (Maine), Rand Paul (SC), Olympia Snowe (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska)

A bunch of RINOs and a loose screw. Tsk, tsk, tsk Rand…upset that you’ve been out fiscally conserved?

Pattosensei on May 25, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Now I understand why a bunch of my kids came running into the room crying but without exactly knowing why. All they said was “We had a scary sensation, as if we were just pushed over a steep cliff onto a pile of jagged rocks!”

Bishop on May 25, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Rand Paul (SC),

Rand Paul represents Kentucky, Tina. His no vote is very curious. Unless you meant Lindsey Graham, who is from SC. That wouldn’t surprise me.

SouthernGent on May 25, 2011 at 6:00 PM

first people went under then banks went under, now countries are going under, and this is what the party of Jackson, Jefferson, and FDR are reduced to.

rob verdi on May 25, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Freshman Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) echoed Sessions when she spoke this afternoon.
“The Democratic majority has abdicated a basic responsibility of government by failing to pass a budget,” she said.

If they aren’t going to do their jobs, let’s send them home.

davidk on May 25, 2011 at 6:01 PM

Kabuki.

All they want is to make sure they qualify for the best retirement plan on the planet. Staving off the inevitable default is all they can do.

Musical chairs….just make sure you’ve got a place to land when the music stops (and a wad of cash..not shares of some bankrupt mutual or treasury fund).

Which brings up a good question: Is there a way to find out how much in US savings bonds or other treasury securities the “smartest people in the room” hold personally?

Are they selling?

BobMbx on May 25, 2011 at 6:02 PM

I assume for Rand Paul, the budget did not cut enough.

Unfortunately, enough voters are OK with not applying the the Becerra Rule.

WashJeff on May 25, 2011 at 6:03 PM

and the faithless few like Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) and Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) should be pressed to provide better ideas.

AND Murkowski, who I still say didn’t really win!

With friends like this, etc…

golfmann on May 25, 2011 at 6:04 PM

At this point, the GOP or someone not a Democrat, should create a tv spot with the Democrats rolling the USA over a cliff in a wheelchair. ‘Cause that’s what the Democrats are doing.

Using our nation as hostage so the Democrats can play their political posturing games and try to keep Obama in office after Nov. 2012 is as low as any political party can ever get. Low down, low, rotten, just despicable.

Lourdes on May 25, 2011 at 6:04 PM

Freshman Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH

Bravo! Great speech.

gophergirl on May 25, 2011 at 6:05 PM

Rand Paul apparently voted no. I’ve no idea why. It doesn’t cut enough? Idiotic. The larger the loss, the more likely the Senate is to move away from cuts as big as Ryan’s. And they’re certainly not going to support BIGGER ones.

amerpundit on May 25, 2011 at 6:05 PM

Sens. Scott Brown (Mass.), Susan Collins (Maine), Rand Paul (SC), Olympia Snowe (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska)

Maine must really, really have a lot of problems supporting itself. Same goes for Alaska. Makes me wonder where all the money really goes.

Lourdes on May 25, 2011 at 6:06 PM

At least there are still some sane GOP senators willing to jump out of lockstep and vote for the taxpayers in this country who want Medicare to continue, find some other way to fund it. Simple as that.

Monkei on May 25, 2011 at 6:07 PM

I hope Rand Paul don’t turn out to be as big a kook as his dad is. This is not a good start.

Big Orange on May 25, 2011 at 6:07 PM

Rand Paul represents Kentucky, Tina. His no vote is very curious. Unless you meant Lindsey Graham, who is from SC. That wouldn’t surprise me.

SouthernGent on May 25, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Rand Paul voted NO because he didn’t think the budget cut enough.

NoNails on May 25, 2011 at 6:07 PM

I hope Rand Paul don’t turn out to be as big a kook as his dad is. This is not a good start.

Big Orange on May 25, 2011 at 6:07 PM

No, it’s an excellent start. He didn’t side with the Dems. He sided with the people who put him in office who thought the budget didn’t go far enough.

NoNails on May 25, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Rand Paul (SC), Olympia Snowe (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska)

Paul is from the great Commonwealth of Kentucky … South Carolina has the more dimwitted senators.

Monkei on May 25, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Rand Paul represents Kentucky, not South Carolina.

ladyingray on May 25, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Toast. Were losing seats, Sens are defecting. Ryan’s budget is toxic waste.

andy85719 on May 25, 2011 at 6:10 PM

T U R N C O A T S ! ! !

Still, I stick to what I’d said in an earlier HA post – the GOP sucks at messaging.

madmonkphotog on May 25, 2011 at 6:10 PM

Pure political posturing: Senate votes down House budget

Wait, so now you guys are against purely symbolic votes undertaken for purposes of scoring political points?

Isn’t that what the House has been doing since January?

crr6 on May 25, 2011 at 6:11 PM

Republican Sens. Scott Brown (Mass.), Susan Collins (Maine), Rand Paul (SC), Olympia Snowe (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) all broke ranks and voted against consideration of the budget.

politically, all but Rand Paul and Murkowski have decent excuses, representing deep blue states with elections around corner.

Paul is an absolute idiot, ready to follow daddy down la la land path and take the rest of us with him

This vote was purely SYMBOLIC, Paul just gave the Statist and media a Narrative by including an even higher number of “Republican Votes” against the Ryan Plan.

jp on May 25, 2011 at 6:12 PM

Monkei is a fool. Medicare is a fraud. The elderly stealing from the young. I’m tired of the elderly thinking they are entitled to my money.

andy85719 on May 25, 2011 at 6:12 PM

In other important news, Rand Paul’s amendments to the Patriot Act won’t be allowed by Harry Reid.

Thanks Harry.

/s

Notorious GOP on May 25, 2011 at 6:12 PM

So just to be clear, there was no 2011 budget passed?

JohnJ on May 25, 2011 at 6:13 PM

Gallup should stop asking this question. Society has moved on. 90% of the people saying that they would like to see gay sex made illegal aren’t serious. If the police started breaking into gay households and arresting gays for having sex, they would be just as troubled by it as just about everyone else. I can only conclude they aren’t answering the question Gallup is asking. I guess they are answering the question of whether they think homosexuality is moral. Of course, there are those hate-filled nutcases, the friends of Westboro Baptist Church, who actually mean arrest gay people, but their numbers can’t be any greater than the number of committed 9/11 Truthers.

thuja on May 25, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Nevermind. I see that it was passed last month.

JohnJ on May 25, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Rand Paul voted NO because he has his own budget outline that supposedly cuts $4 trillion without touching the entitlements. I don’t know if it works, just know he was hawking it about a month ago.

Greyledge Gal on May 25, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Oh, gosh! I posted entirely in the wrong thread here at Hotair. I wish I could delete my last post.

thuja on May 25, 2011 at 6:19 PM

Republicans are incompetent fools. They suck at doing virtually everything. Democrats don’t need to campaign–the GOP simply self destructs. Worthless.

andy85719 on May 25, 2011 at 6:19 PM

Hey Tpaw came out today and distanced himself from Ryan’s plan. Moment is courage there i tell you.

unseen on May 25, 2011 at 6:20 PM

How many votes did the One’s budget get?

Not even one

msmveritas on May 25, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Allah, how exactly is this “pure political posturing?” (Nice alliteration, though — really trips off one’s tongue.) The Dems vote “no” on party lines without their own version of a budget bill and nothing happens to them, at least not in the short term. They get to go on record as opposing Ryan and continue to demagogue his plan until they’re blue in the face. No one’s pressuring them to come up with their own budget, and why should they? As you rightly pointed out, it’s been many, many moons since they passed one, yet there they sit.

cynccook on May 25, 2011 at 6:21 PM

Rand Paul voted NO because he has his own budget outline that supposedly cuts $4 trillion without touching the entitlements. I don’t know if it works, just know he was hawking it about a month ago.

Greyledge Gal on May 25, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Aside from defying leadership and giving the Dems/Socialist the upper hand in this vote, if he’s doing this supposedly because he has his own plan that the rest of the GOP isn’t behind, how is this hardly smart?

Most likely his plan drastically cuts spending, and since when is it conservative to protect Entitlements?

jp on May 25, 2011 at 6:21 PM

Paul is from the great Commonwealth of Kentucky … South Carolina has the more dimwitted senators.

Monkei on May 25, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Your use of the plural is major fail.

clement on May 25, 2011 at 6:21 PM

Gallup should stop asking this question. Society has moved on. 90% of the people saying that they would like to see gay sex made illegal aren’t serious. If the police started breaking into gay households and arresting gays for having sex, they would be just as troubled by it as just about everyone else. I can only conclude they aren’t answering the question Gallup is asking. I guess they are answering the question of whether they think homosexuality is moral. Of course, there are those hate-filled nutcases, the friends of Westboro Baptist Church, who actually mean arrest gay people, but their numbers can’t be any greater than the number of committed 9/11 Truthers.

thuja on May 25, 2011 at 6:15 PM

LOL Don’t worry about it, we all do that sometimes!

cynccook on May 25, 2011 at 6:22 PM

crr6 on May 25, 2011 at 6:11 PM

Pray tell. When did the Dems last past a budget?

ladyingray on May 25, 2011 at 6:23 PM

Oh Tpaw why did you do it. why did you distance yourself form Ryan’s plan today. Why Why wher eis the courage to fight the good fight. Are the polls telling you to move past Ryan’s budget and distance yourself. did the results of Ny 26 make you ge tcold feet? Why TPaw why?

unseen on May 25, 2011 at 6:23 PM

Also, for those weak Republicans who voted against the bill, who think they can earn temporary political points for opposing a bill to reform a bankrupt social program, they might want to take look at how these social projects turn out.

The price of children’s diapers has “gone completely insane” in Minsk, said Natalia, a 24-year-old mother also queuing outside the refrigerator store. “I used to buy a pack for 69,000 rubles, now they cost 140,000,” or almost half the 343,260-ruble monthly child benefit paid by the government, she said.

And Snowe, Brown, et al might want to reconsider their long term political outlook:

“I can’t describe how I feel without using obscenities, this is all our government’s fault,” said Sergey, a 32-year old attending the protest who works for a computer importer. “The whole world tells them, guys, you have economic problems, you should do something, and all they did was live off getting more and more loans.”

Weight of Glory on May 25, 2011 at 6:23 PM

cynccook on May 25, 2011 at 6:21 PM

It’s tina not allah

unseen on May 25, 2011 at 6:24 PM

cynccook on May 25, 2011 at 6:21 PM
It’s tina not allah

unseen on May 25, 2011 at 6:24 PM

You’re right! I forgot about the new girl for a minute! Hi Tina! Nice alliteration. I should have known that was too clever for that other guy!

cynccook on May 25, 2011 at 6:25 PM

Damage control. GOP about to lose the House. Senate will probably stay under Dem control.

andy85719 on May 25, 2011 at 6:26 PM

No Path to Prosperity!!!

Le Pathetic!

canopfor on May 25, 2011 at 6:28 PM

Now 46 percent rate Obama’s leadership as good or excellent. Yippee.

andy85719 on May 25, 2011 at 6:29 PM

andy85719,
52 percent of a district where the incumbent GOP rep disgraced himself voted for smaller gov, and that is your analysis?

rob verdi on May 25, 2011 at 6:30 PM

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canopfor on May 25, 2011 at 6:31 PM

Now I understand why a bunch of my kids came running into the room crying but without exactly knowing why. All they said was “We had a scary sensation, as if we were just pushed over a steep cliff onto a pile of jagged rocks!”

Bishop on May 25, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Bishop:From last night,don’t forget ye parachutes!haha:)

canopfor on May 25, 2011 at 6:32 PM

Ryan is the goods. I would put Ryan against Obama in a debate any day. As for Harry Reid not having the balls to bring a budget to the floor, two years in a row the Senate has not even proposed a budget. 2012, the House is clean, now it is the Senates turn. Obama may be unbeatable, but the Dem senators are very beatable. Not putting a budget on the table, is not helping their cause.

Angry Dumbo on May 25, 2011 at 6:34 PM

It seems the Senate also rejected the 0′s budget. No tally on the vote yet.

marinetbryant on May 25, 2011 at 6:36 PM

52 percent where? All I saw was a bunch of fail. Failbama is more popular than ever and congressional ballot now separated by two points. Big government is here to stay.

andy85719 on May 25, 2011 at 6:38 PM

Sens. Scott Brown (Mass.), Susan Collins (Maine), Olympia Snowe (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska)

We have got to get these guys out of office ASAP….no doubt about it.

Rand Paul…I don’t get it. Has he provided an explanation for his vote?

tencole on May 25, 2011 at 6:38 PM

Can the RINO backers explain once again why we should keep sending RINOs to Congress, especially the Senate? They have proven time and time again that they love sticking their fingers into the eyes of conservatives and the party as a whole.

If the Dems had proposed the Ryan plan backed by their buddies in the media, I bet you these same RINOs would be falling head over heels to be the first to vote for it in the name of it being a ‘historic’ piece of legislation.

TheRightMan on May 25, 2011 at 6:45 PM

The Yays and Nays!
=====================

U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 112th Congress – 1st Session

as compiled through Senate LIS by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate

Vote Summary

Question: On the Motion to Proceed (Motion to Proceed to Consider H. Con. Res. 34 )
****************************

Alphabetical by Senator NameAkaka (D-HI), Nay
Alexander (R-TN), Yea
Ayotte (R-NH), Yea
Barrasso (R-WY), Yea
Baucus (D-MT), Nay
Begich (D-AK), Nay
Bennet (D-CO), Nay
Bingaman (D-NM), Nay
Blumenthal (D-CT), Nay
Blunt (R-MO), Yea
Boozman (R-AR), Yea
Boxer (D-CA), Nay
Brown (D-OH), Nay
Brown (R-MA), Nay
Burr (R-NC), Yea
Cantwell (D-WA), Nay
Cardin (D-MD), Nay
Carper (D-DE), Nay
Casey (D-PA), Nay
Chambliss (R-GA), Yea
Coats (R-IN), Yea
Coburn (R-OK), Yea
Cochran (R-MS), Yea
Collins (R-ME), Nay
Conrad (D-ND), Nay
Coons (D-DE), Nay
Corker (R-TN), Yea
Cornyn (R-TX), Yea
Crapo (R-ID), Yea
DeMint (R-SC), Yea
Durbin (D-IL), Nay
Enzi (R-WY), Yea
Feinstein (D-CA), Nay
Franken (D-MN), Nay
Gillibrand (D-NY), Nay
Graham (R-SC), Yea
Grassley (R-IA), Yea
Hagan (D-NC), Nay
Harkin (D-IA), Nay
Hatch (R-UT), Yea
Heller (R-NV), Yea
Hoeven (R-ND), Yea
Hutchison (R-TX), Not Voting
Inhofe (R-OK), Yea
Inouye (D-HI), Nay
Isakson (R-GA), Yea
Johanns (R-NE), Yea
Johnson (D-SD), Nay
Johnson (R-WI), Yea
Kerry (D-MA), Nay
Kirk (R-IL), Yea
Klobuchar (D-MN), Nay
Kohl (D-WI), Nay
Kyl (R-AZ), Yea
Landrieu (D-LA), Nay
Lautenberg (D-NJ), Nay
Leahy (D-VT), Nay
Lee (R-UT), Yea
Levin (D-MI), Nay
Lieberman (ID-CT), Nay
Lugar (R-IN), Yea
Manchin (D-WV), Nay
McCain (R-AZ), Yea
McCaskill (D-MO), Nay
McConnell (R-KY), Yea
Menendez (D-NJ), Nay
Merkley (D-OR), Nay
Mikulski (D-MD), Nay
Moran (R-KS), Yea
Murkowski (R-AK), Nay
Murray (D-WA), Nay
Nelson (D-FL), Nay
Nelson (D-NE), Nay
Paul (R-KY), Nay
Portman (R-OH), Yea
Pryor (D-AR), Nay
Reed (D-RI), Nay
Reid (D-NV), Nay
Risch (R-ID), Yea
Roberts (R-KS), Not Voting
Rockefeller (D-WV), Nay
Rubio (R-FL), Yea
Sanders (I-VT), Nay
Schumer (D-NY), Not Voting
Sessions (R-AL), Yea
Shaheen (D-NH), Nay
Shelby (R-AL), Yea
Snowe (R-ME), Nay
Stabenow (D-MI), Nay
Tester (D-MT), Nay
Thune (R-SD), Yea
Toomey (R-PA), Yea
Udall (D-CO), Nay
Udall (D-NM), Nay
Vitter (R-LA), Yea
Warner (D-VA), Nay
Webb (D-VA), Nay
Whitehouse (D-RI), Nay
Wicker (R-MS), Yea
Wyden (D-OR), Nay

http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=1&vote=00077

canopfor on May 25, 2011 at 6:46 PM

…Obama may be unbeatable…

Angry Dumbo on May 25, 2011 at 6:34 PM

Slow down there, mister. Do NOT believe the media hype. Obama can be trounced with the right sort of candidate and last time I checked, the GOP primary is yet to begin.

TheRightMan on May 25, 2011 at 6:47 PM

and the faithless few like Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) and Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) should be pressed to provide better ideas.

Must be primaried. Of course they don’t have any ideas.

antisocial on May 25, 2011 at 6:49 PM

Rand Paul…I don’t get it. Has he provided an explanation for his vote?

tencole on May 25, 2011 at 6:38 PM

Doesn’t go far enough.

antisocial on May 25, 2011 at 6:51 PM

Leading from behind . . .

Angry Dumbo on May 25, 2011 at 6:53 PM

Ryan is the goods. I would put Ryan against Obama in a debate any day. As for Harry Reid not having the balls to bring a budget to the floor, two years in a row the Senate has not even proposed a budget. 2012, the House is clean, now it is the Senates turn. Obama may be unbeatable, but the Dem senators are very beatable. Not putting a budget on the table, is not helping their cause.

Angry Dumbo on May 25, 2011 at 6:34 PM

Angry Dumbo:Oh,Round Three with Ryan and Hopey should be
Pay-Per-View,that would be awesome,Hopeys
derriere would be served up,on da silver platter
as Ryans Facts/Truth over-whelm Changeys ‘Talkin
Points!
==================================================

This Obama Ryan bashing,all started at the HealthCare Summit
where Hopey made it clear to McCain who won!

Ryan went through the numbers,and basically,exposed Obama,
so,since then,

Obama has had an axe to grind with Ryan!!
==========

Round Two,the Budget Battle,once again,Ryan exposed Obama!

Thats where its at!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on April 15, 2011 at 6:43 PM

canopfor on May 25, 2011 at 6:56 PM

Won’t hurt Alexander or Corker in the least.

But their votes to approve the START treaty might…

ladyingray on May 25, 2011 at 6:59 PM

but Republican Sens. Scott Brown (Mass.), Susan Collins (Maine), Rand Paul (SC), Olympia Snowe (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) all broke ranks and voted against consideration of the budget.

unexpectedly
/

cmsinaz on May 25, 2011 at 7:02 PM

Go Kelly, Go Kelly

cmsinaz on May 25, 2011 at 7:04 PM

Those senators who voted for the Ryan plan have to be defended as fulfilling their responsibility to the American people to the best of their ability — and the faithless few like Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) and Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) should be pressed to provide better ideas.

Damn straight.

Dusty on May 25, 2011 at 7:05 PM

Party of No: The Democrats voted no on all the budgets…

http://www.slate.com/blogs/blogs/weigel/archive/2011/05/25/everybody-s-budget-fails-in-the-senate.aspx

The Ryan Budget: 57 nos, 40 ayes.

The Obama Budget: 97 nos.

The Toomey Budget: 55 nos, 42 ayes.

The Paul Budget: 90 nos, 7 ayes.

ninjapirate on May 25, 2011 at 7:08 PM

Doesn’t go far enough.

[antisocial on May 25, 2011 at 6:51 PM]

I know you’re just being the messenger, but I still don’t know why he voted against? This was just a vote to consider the budget, not approve the budget. One it passed a consideration vote, they could get into the details and offer changes. If anything passed, the differences would then be hashed out in conference.

The R’s voting against lost a great opportunity to let our side debate the issues with individual Dem Senators on the floor. I know this vote for consideration wouldn’t have passed anyway, but at least we’d have had a unified stand on actually debating the issues, instead of letting the Dems run around lying about their positions without being called on it in the well.

Dusty on May 25, 2011 at 7:17 PM

Wait, so now you guys are against purely symbolic votes undertaken for purposes of scoring political points?

Isn’t that what the House has been doing since January?

crr6 on May 25, 2011 at 6:11 PM

Who are “you guys”? This article was written by Tina. Not me or any other here.

How does the statement in any way reflect a pro or negative position? I recall several votes against Obamacare being called political in nature only and ceremonial.

Your analysis, as usual, is flawed and irrelevant.

BierManVA on May 25, 2011 at 7:18 PM

The R’s voting against lost a great opportunity to let our side debate the issues with individual Dem Senators on the floor. I know this vote for consideration wouldn’t have passed anyway, but at least we’d have had a unified stand on actually debating the issues, instead of letting the Dems run around lying about their positions without being called on it in the well.

Dusty on May 25, 2011 at 7:17 PM

+1

cmsinaz on May 25, 2011 at 7:21 PM

Over at NRO, commenter SeanB notes re the total rejection of ObaMao’s “budget proposal”:

I can’t wait for the Politico headline “Obama Unanimously Repudiated in Democrat Controlled Senate” and the breathless reportage that Barry has “lost his mojo.”

I will wait, breathlessly.

onlineanalyst on May 25, 2011 at 7:21 PM

onlineanalyst on May 25, 2011 at 7:21 PM

97-0

*crickets chirping* indeed

cmsinaz on May 25, 2011 at 7:23 PM

Ninety-seven senators voted against a motion to take it up

cmsinaz on May 25, 2011 at 7:25 PM

These worthless liberals in the senate don’t care about the country . . . their only concern is their own butts and they’d let the country go broke and rot to protect themselves.

rplat on May 25, 2011 at 7:50 PM

Monkei is a fool. Medicare is a fraud. The elderly stealing from the young. I’m tired of the elderly thinking they are entitled to my money.

andy85719 on May 25, 2011 at 6:12 PM

In my day, I felt the same. Now that I’m old, and the Government has taken over half of what should have been my retirement income and given it to others, I think I’m owed a bit by the Government. To be precise, over half of my retirement income, but I’m willing to settle for less. Don’t think this is going to cure itself if you don’t provide something for the people who gave and gave and gave to the Government for others.

unclesmrgol on May 25, 2011 at 8:03 PM

I’m curious exactly how the Democrats that made noises about not raising the debt ceiling justify voting down the Ryan budget, considering that it wasn’t balanced and would have required the debt ceiling to be raised.

Count to 10 on May 25, 2011 at 8:03 PM

Isn’t that what the House has been doing since January?

crr6 on May 25, 2011 at 6:11 PM

The House is deadly earnest — as both the President and the Senate are about to discover. Since the budget must originate in the House, it’s as if they had grasped both the President and the Senate by the base of the snarglies.

There’s a reason for the Red Tide of 2010, and that reason has not yet gone away.

unclesmrgol on May 25, 2011 at 8:07 PM

I have a difficult time figuring out how our “free press” perceives things. Democrats are good when they can’t even pass a budget for 756 days? Obama produces a budget in February, that everyone knows is a joke so he submits another one and he can’t get one vote, not one vote, in the Senate on his budget and he’s going to be unbeatable in the next election? Talk about WInning the Future, this is all definitely a WTF moment to me.

bflat879 on May 25, 2011 at 8:52 PM

re ny26…

only 100,000 people voted in a district that usually has votal toals of 250,000

winners 48k vote total would be only 25% of usual vote totals…

mjbrooks3 on May 25, 2011 at 9:37 PM

Obama budget receives zero votes in Senate

just… WOW! Not even the Dems voted for it, not one!

Yakko77 on May 25, 2011 at 9:46 PM

[mjbrooks3 on May 25, 2011 at 9:37 PM]

Not only is it an off year, it’s a special election. You need to compare to something similar.

As an aside, it seems to me they quit counting after Corwin ceded the race. That was with 89% of precincts counted and none of the absentees. I’m thinking the totals were in the 125k range which is still a little low from par for this type of race but there wasn’t any real emotion attached to it, either.

Dusty on May 25, 2011 at 10:04 PM

Sens. Scott Brown (Mass.), Susan Collins (Maine), Rand Paul (SC), Olympia Snowe (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska)

A bunch of RINOs and a loose screw. Tsk, tsk, tsk Rand…upset that you’ve been out fiscally conserved?

Pattosensei on May 25, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Why did Rand Paul vote this way? His father Ron voted against it as well. In fact I think he was one of only 2 or 3 Republicans who did. So, why did the Tea Party guys vote against this? I honestly do not understand that.

Terrye on May 26, 2011 at 6:40 AM

Sens. Scott Brown (Mass.), Susan Collins (Maine), Rand Paul (SC), Olympia Snowe (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska)

Unless they’re pushing an alternative plan, they’re all enemies of America, every bit as much as any other Marxist piece of garbage in the Democrat Party.

There are times to play the fruitcake, such as your father, Rand. This wasn’t the time.

MNHawk on May 26, 2011 at 7:14 AM

I heard on the radio that Obama’s plan got no votes. ZERO. Not even a single Democrat. I’d like to find a link to that.

shick on May 26, 2011 at 9:00 AM

It is now time for Mitch McConnell to get Obama’s budget put up for a vote. Whatever trickeration he needs to do to get Democrats on record with a vote for THAT budget needs to be done.

olesparkie on May 26, 2011 at 9:42 AM