Obama budget gets goose egg in Democrat-controlled Senate

posted at 10:32 am on May 26, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

When was the last time the Senate cast a unanimous vote on an issue of any substance?  The only unamimous votes in the Senate’s 112th session have been to confirm judges or on honorary resolutions, and on a few amendments, and one bill to make it illegal to publish or copy images taken by the TSA from backscatter scanners.  There has not been a single unanimous negative vote in the Senate this session — until now.  Yesterday, the Senate rejected by a 0-97 vote the budget proposed by Barack Obama:

The Senate voted unanimously on Wednesday to reject a $3.7 trillion budget plan that President Obama sent to Capitol Hill in February.

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

Democratic aides said ahead of the vote that the Democratic caucus would not support the plan because it has been supplanted by the deficit-reduction plan Obama outlined at a speech at George Washington University in April.

Really?  Oh, good.  So when will Senate Democrats put that plan up for a vote?  Right … never.  As Harry Reid said this week, Democrats don’t want to provide leadership and do the jobs to which they were elected — they just want to tell everyone else how to do their jobs.

At least Republicans bothered to propose a budget for a floor vote.  Paul Ryan’s budget got 40 more votes than Obama’s.  Democrats want to wait for Obama’s FY2012 plan, but thus far, no details have been forthcoming from either the White House or from Senate Democrats who run the upper chamber.  It’s been almost 760 days since the Senate passed a normal budget; how much longer should we all wait?

As for the Democratic rejection of the first (and thus far only) Obama budget proposal for FY2012, Mitch McConnell notes that these same Democrats thought pretty highly of it in February.  They had plenty of time to pass it when Obama first introduced it; why did they do nothing?  Why are they still doing nothing?  For a party that worked hard to barely retain control over the Senate, Democrats seem completely disinterested in meeting their responsibilities.  Who knew that Democrats would go on strike merely because the rabble had the temerity to strip them of control of one chamber of Congress?


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O bama – 97

faraway on May 26, 2011 at 10:36 AM

In 2012 we’ll finish the job of stripping them of their control!

txhsmom on May 26, 2011 at 10:36 AM

If the Democrats retain this position of not proposing a budget and in Nov 2012 the voters reward the Democrats with more power, what does that say about our society?

I don’t think I would like the answer.

WashJeff on May 26, 2011 at 10:37 AM

As always, it’s tempting to play the “What if this was the Republicans?” game.

If it were a Republican majority in the Senate acting this way, the press would be roasting them.

And if a Republican-majority Senate had unanimously rejected the budget of a Republican President, the NYT would be talking about how the President’s power was shattered and openly suggest that he resign.

Steven Den Beste on May 26, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Let me propose a toast.

a capella on May 26, 2011 at 10:38 AM

“You only want to go after waste, fraud, and abuse? Great, that’s about half of the federal budget. I hope everybody in the US Department of Education finds work when they finally close it down completely.”

RBMN on May 26, 2011 at 10:41 AM

Mr. Blutarsky….zero point zero.

search4truth on May 26, 2011 at 10:42 AM

Mr. Blutarsky….zero point zero.

search4truth on May 26, 2011 at 10:42 AM

ROFLMAO

fossten on May 26, 2011 at 10:43 AM

Ouch…..that is gonna leave a mark

nice piece Ed

cmsinaz on May 26, 2011 at 10:44 AM

They are just waiting for Barry to give away the rest of the kitchen at the G8 before they decide on the budget.

Limerick on May 26, 2011 at 10:45 AM

B+

GnuBreed on May 26, 2011 at 10:45 AM

And the successes just keep piling up…

catmman on May 26, 2011 at 10:46 AM

I guess it’s easier to tell the tow truck driver he’s getting the car out of the ditch the wrong way than it is to actually get the car out of the ditch.

John Deaux on May 26, 2011 at 10:46 AM

So even Democrats are unanimous in rejecting Dear Liar?

rbj on May 26, 2011 at 10:47 AM

Count it!

/crr6

fossten on May 26, 2011 at 10:47 AM

I must be totally stupid or something. How in the heck do Dems think it will help their chances in 2012 if they do nothing?

ladyingray on May 26, 2011 at 10:48 AM

I must be totally stupid or something. How in the heck do Dems think it will help their chances in 2012 if they do nothing?

ladyingray on May 26, 2011 at 10:48 AM

SHUT UP! That’s how!

catmman on May 26, 2011 at 10:52 AM

I must be totally stupid or something. How in the heck do Dems think it will help their chances in 2012 if they do nothing?

ladyingray on May 26, 2011 at 10:48 AM

They always bet on the fiscal ignorance of the voting public. I can understand why.

a capella on May 26, 2011 at 10:53 AM

I must be totally stupid or something. How in the heck do Dems think it will help their chances in 2012 if they do nothing?

ladyingray on May 26, 2011 at 10:48 AM

When the moochers and looters outnumber the producers…you get liberal election victories.

search4truth on May 26, 2011 at 10:55 AM

NPR “news” at 8:00 spent a good bit of time on the defeat of Ryan’s budget in the senate, but must not have heard about the 97-0 thrashing of O’Booba’s bill because darn it, they didn’t mention it.

Akzed on May 26, 2011 at 10:58 AM

So this is what people want? To elect a bunch of boobs to D.C. to sit there and do nothing, yet get paid a nice salary, and lots of perks and benefits? All for doing nothing but be bossy mom to everyone else? Really? I mean REALLY???????

capejasmine on May 26, 2011 at 10:59 AM

When the moochers and looters outnumber the producers…you get liberal election victories.

search4truth on May 26, 2011 at 10:55 AM

THIS is precisely why the Dems are content to sit and wait.
They are waiting on the Repubs to close down Gov again. Then the Dems can say, see they are trying to cut you off from your rightful entitlements.

Dems know they have run out of other peoples money.

Repubs must lay blame squarely on the Dems and the Great Society of Redistribution. This requires a leader with charisma.

orbitalair on May 26, 2011 at 11:02 AM

Obama knows how to put the 0 in the support for his budget.

BuckeyeSam on May 26, 2011 at 11:02 AM

I guess it’s easier to tell the tow truck driver he’s getting the car out of the ditch the wrong way than it is to actually get the car out of the ditch.

John Deaux on May 26, 2011 at 10:46 AM

I guess it’s easier to call AARP, they can join you gazing hopelessly (and changelessly) at the car in the ditch, because they were Mediscared into believeing the rich will come and get the car outta the ditch.

kooly on May 26, 2011 at 11:02 AM

SHUT UP! That’s how!

catmman on May 26, 2011 at 10:52 AM

Who said that?

Lanceman on May 26, 2011 at 11:03 AM

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

Democratic aides said ahead of the vote that the Democratic caucus would not support the plan because it has been supplanted by the deficit-reduction plan Obama outlined at a speech at George Washington University in April.

This sounds like that guy who loses at something and then says that he wasn’t trying.

Dems just didn’t want to be on record supporting the demolition of our country. Obama can get away with it because the media will let him.

BuckeyeSam on May 26, 2011 at 11:05 AM

I must be totally stupid or something. How in the heck do Dems think it will help their chances in 2012 if they do nothing?

ladyingray on May 26, 2011 at 10:48 AM

They might get away with it because the democratics have 95% of the media in their pocket and unfortunately too many Americans rely on that liberal media to tell them what is going on.

When the playing field is tilted as it is, logic does not apply.

slickwillie2001 on May 26, 2011 at 11:10 AM

Waste, Fraud, and Abuse…thy name is DEMOCRAT!!

landlines on May 26, 2011 at 11:12 AM

With every move the Democrats make I feel like I’m peeking though the door in high school getting a glimpse of the Special Ed Class.

fogw on May 26, 2011 at 11:20 AM

Akzed on May 26, 2011 at 10:58 AM
BuckeyeSam on May 26, 2011 at 11:05 AM
slickwillie2001 on May 26, 2011 at 11:10 AM

NPR? The Media? And the Plan is….

C’mon we just have to get used to the debt and unemployment. I was just out with a lefty who still loves a guy who stabbed the left as fast as He figured out what the realities of the job were. You just have to watch/listen to the right shows!

IlikedAUH2O on May 26, 2011 at 11:20 AM

Budget? We ain’t got no budget. We don’t need no budget! We don’t have to show you any stinkin’ budgets!”

MassVictim on May 26, 2011 at 11:29 AM

SHUT IT DOWN!

GarandFan on May 26, 2011 at 11:32 AM

He’s just too smart for them to understand…

RalphyBoy on May 26, 2011 at 11:34 AM

We didn’t report it, only the defeat of Ryan’s budget, so it didn’t happen! Nyah-nyah-nyah!

Senior Cheerleaders Mara and Cokie at NPR

drunyan8315 on May 26, 2011 at 11:38 AM

For a party that worked hard to barely retain control over the Senate, Democrats seem completely disinterested in meeting their responsibilities.

Democrats aren’t disinterested, they’re trapped between Ryan’s budget and their own members. The party has moved so far left that any plan to the right of the extreme People’s Budget presented in April by the radical Progresve Caucus will get real support from the base. That’s the only Democrat plan that’s been presented and even though it was dead on arrival, the People’s Budget was received favorably by a significant number of Democrats and members of the MSM.

But that budget was too honest about the left’s intentions and is so politically toxic and economically insane that it makes any PR problems with Ryan’s plan look insignificant by comparison. Democrats know they can’t put together any major plan that will get party support and wont send voters running to the GOP alternative.

Republican’s need to realize they’re in a good position here if they take their last chance to grow a set and take an unequivocal stand. If not now, when? Ryan, and now Pawlenty are leading and treating Americans like adults who have to make hard choices. It remains to be seen if the rest of the party will follow.

RadClown on May 26, 2011 at 11:46 AM

Democratic aides said ahead of the vote that the Democratic caucus would not support the plan because it has been supplanted by the deficit-reduction plan Obama outlined at a speech at George Washington University in April.

So…why didn’t they vote on that bill (or plan, since the Executive branch does not write bills)?

Bueller? Bueller?

Can someone prepare a logic diagram that shows the difference between that vote, and a vote “to take yesterday off”?

BobMbx on May 26, 2011 at 11:52 AM

I won.

booter on May 26, 2011 at 12:10 PM

That’s a Peace Prize!

Alden Pyle on May 26, 2011 at 12:36 PM

So now Obama has yet another reason to whine that Congress is “obstructing” him. And every Democrat can claim that he didn’t vote to budget one dime of federal spending, and that he even voted to “cut” 3.7 trillion dollars in spending this year.

It’s a win-win situation.

logis on May 26, 2011 at 12:39 PM

Until republicans grow a pair…they can do this with impunity. There are no checks and balances.

tomas on May 26, 2011 at 12:52 PM

Isn’t an Obama budget proposal the democrat budget proposal and the Republican budget proposal the opposition proposal? So the senate voted down unanimously the democrat budget proposal.

meci on May 26, 2011 at 1:18 PM

If the Democrats retain this position of not proposing a budget and in Nov 2012 the voters reward the Democrats with more power, what does that say about our society?

I don’t think I would like the answer.

WashJeff on May 26, 2011 at 10:37 AM

The problem as I see it is, the public at large is not informed enough to realize that the Dims haven’t done their job and they think that the Repubs are at fault for a bad budget. And of course the media isn’t making it known that the Dims aren’t doing their jobs.

Big John on May 26, 2011 at 1:53 PM

Repubs must lay blame squarely on the Dems and the Great Society of Redistribution. This requires a leader with charisma.

orbitalair on May 26, 2011 at 11:02 AM

Huntsman. He’s glowing with STARDUST!

/

Gang-of-One on May 26, 2011 at 2:03 PM

It’s been almost 760 days since the Senate passed a normal budget; how much longer should we all wait?

128 days. 128 more days would make it 888 days since the Senate passed a normal budget which would be twice as long as the inept pathetic Jimmy Carter took to NOT get the hostages out of Iran!

Finally Obama would be twice as incompetent as Carter!

888 day will be Oct. 1st, 2011

DSchoen on May 26, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Democratic aides said ahead of the vote that the Democratic caucus would not support the plan because it has been supplanted by the deficit-reduction plan Obama outlined at a speech at George Washington University in April.

So the Dems will not support the plan because the plan has been replaced by “Pixie Dust and Rainbows” OUTLINED by Obama in April?

So the Dems will not support the plan because the plan has been replaced by “Hope and Change” OUTLINED by Obama in April?

So the Dems will not support the plan because the plan has been replaced by the “Non-Existent Plan” OUTLINED by Obama in April?

DSchoen on May 26, 2011 at 5:30 PM