Durbin doesn’t know just 51 votes needed to pass a budget in the Senate Update: Video added

posted at 6:15 pm on July 31, 2011 by Tina Korbe

When Senate Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) appeared this morning on Fox News to say he was feeling a bit “more positive” about the possibility of a debt ceiling agreement, he also said something revealing about the Senate’s failure to produce a budget in 823 days. From the Twitter feed of the GOP side of the Senate Budget Committee:

BudgetGOP Senate Budget GOP

Sen. Durbin said on FNS this morning that Dems haven’t passed a budget bc of 60-vote threshold. Odd he doesn’t know you only need 51.

25 minutes ago FavoriteRetweetReply

As I’ve watched the Sunday shows, as I’ve listened to this senator or that senator express cautious optimism about a deal, as I’ve heard news that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has supposedly signed off on an agreement “pending caucus approval,” I’ve found myself increasingly disgusted. Had the Senate done its duty months ago, had it produced a budget resolution as it is required to do by the Congressional Budget Act, Congress need not have been so frantically at work on both the Saturday and Sunday before the rapidly impending Aug. 2 deadline — because Senate budget priorities would have been clearly articulated in its budget resolution and the House would have had a more concrete starting point for its plans to raise the debt ceiling.

Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) today tweeted an apology to his son for missing his birthday — and I feel for him. But, at the same time, where were Durbin and Begich and every other Democrat senator for the past 823 days? Why did no Democrat ever put pressure on Reid or Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-Colo.) to actually produce a budget? (If I missed a Democrat’s case for a budget, please present it!) To hear Durbin’s weak and evidently ignorant excuse only compounds the exasperation.

As Allahpundit posted last night (but as is also worth revisiting), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) took to the Senate floor last night to highlight the utter hypocrisy these senators have shown and it was a relief to me to hear someone speak common sense:

“You talk about delay tactics? They have delayed for two years,” Rubio said.

Exactly. Democrats and Republicans will bear joint responsibility for whatever compromise they craft, but we’re down to the wire because of Democrats, who waited far too long to make their demands known in the first place and, even still, seem unable to say just what they want and why (other than, of course, the debt ceiling increase itself and, preferably, an increase of a duration that enables them to duck this issue in the future).

Update: Here, for your enjoyment, is video of Durbin’s d’oh comment:


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Of course the Dems don’t want to be plain in what they want. What they want is larger government, increased spending, and increased taxes. But they can’t get elected on that platform unless they can co-opt the Republicans first.

PackerBronco on July 31, 2011 at 6:19 PM

Typical moron lib…..

sicoit on July 31, 2011 at 6:19 PM

You can only use budget reconciliation once per year, and it doesn’t necessarily have to be used on the budget.

Bush used it for his tax cuts, but perhaps that was integrated into the budget?

Spathi on July 31, 2011 at 6:20 PM

I heard Rubio’s testament yesterday on Hot Air and I listened again on ACE’s blog.

I will say it again…DAMN, DAMN….!

God that was good.

And I heard DICK Durbin this morning….Dick. Dumbass.

Scoreboard44 on July 31, 2011 at 6:21 PM

This is what happens when you disengage brain and blindly utter talking points.

meci on July 31, 2011 at 6:22 PM

What a dick.

txag92 on July 31, 2011 at 6:22 PM

Dick does not know much, I thought we already established that years ago!

bluemarlin on July 31, 2011 at 6:23 PM

So, did anybody at FNS explain reconciliation to him? I loved Rubio’s floor speech. I will be so disappointed if whoever is nominated doesn’t tap him.

SukieTawdry on July 31, 2011 at 6:25 PM

The only senator who can kill you with boredom just by looking at him.

Bishop on July 31, 2011 at 6:25 PM

They can’t put something together because it will show exactly how bad off things are. They want Republicans to do that so they can blame them.

I thought this was obvious.

ajacksonian on July 31, 2011 at 6:25 PM

And they want him to be on the Super Committeee. The mind boggles.

txmomof6 on July 31, 2011 at 6:26 PM

Durbin knows they only need 50%+1 – he just thought there were 59 states.

eeyore on July 31, 2011 at 6:27 PM

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Bishop on July 31, 2011 at 6:27 PM

The thing that befuddles and baffles me is that everyone here in Illinois knows exactly what sort of certified doofus-deluxe Durbin is, but every single time this goof is up for re-election, he slides right in for another term!

Why people keep wasting their vote on him is a mystery!

pilamaye on July 31, 2011 at 6:27 PM

Spathi on July 31, 2011 at 6:20 PM

It’s not budget reconciliation. I don’t think budget bills themselves can be filibustered.

Wethal on July 31, 2011 at 6:28 PM

Had the Senate done its duty months ago, had it produced a budget resolution as it is required to do by the Congressional Budget Act, Congress need not have been so frantically at work on both the Saturday and Sunday before the rapidly impending Aug. 2 deadline…

What can be done about the Senate not following the law? Can’t someone take them to court or something? What good are laws if Congress can ignore them?

slickwillie2001 on July 31, 2011 at 6:29 PM

When does the Continuing Resolution run out? 9/30/11?

Wethal on July 31, 2011 at 6:34 PM

(other than, of course, the debt ceiling increase itself and, preferably, an increase of a duration that enables them to duck this issue in the future).

Duck, cover, CYA, spin, twist, obfuscate, blame, point fingers, deny, talking points,………..would someone in DC please lead? I am so sick of it all!

herm2416 on July 31, 2011 at 6:34 PM

Any surprise that Durbin is a hero of crr and bayam’s party?

CW on July 31, 2011 at 6:34 PM

He’s too busy trying to figure how to call our troops Nazis’

Hening on July 31, 2011 at 6:35 PM

Does this “deal” deem a budget passed for next year, or will it be more of the same-old same-old from the dems for another 800+ days?

bookman on July 31, 2011 at 6:43 PM

That was the first Time I have heard Rubio…WOW…he is really good. He will be President someday…

RedSoxNation on July 31, 2011 at 6:45 PM

Durbin is a real dumbass. The only stupider dumbasses are those who voted this dumbass in…

OmahaConservative on July 31, 2011 at 6:45 PM

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Bishop on July 31, 2011 at 6:27 PM

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Del Dolemonte on July 31, 2011 at 6:46 PM

The CR, as I understand it, has to run out on 9-30-11 unless Congress passes another. Since the House has passed the Ryan budget, that is the current operative budget proposal that exists in either House at this point.
So, yes, we could see another shutdown “crisis” in two months, no matter what transpires over the next several days… unless this deal “deems” the Senate to have passed a budget. If this deal does have that “deemed” passage, it deserves to die, as do the careers of every member of Congress who supports it.

either orr on July 31, 2011 at 6:46 PM

T

he only senator who can kill you with boredom just by looking at him.

Bishop on July 31, 2011 at 6:25 PM

Who’s that other female senator from Cali. she is so boring I’ve forgotten her name and I lived in Cali. until 2007. At least I know Dickie’s name.

chemman on July 31, 2011 at 6:46 PM

Any surprise that Durbin is a hero of crr and bayam’s party?

CW on July 31, 2011 at 6:34 PM

Speaking of our law student, maybe she can tell us what the Federal law penalty is for violation of the Congressional Budget Act? It is a law, after all.

Del Dolemonte on July 31, 2011 at 6:47 PM

Why are you surprised that Durbin doesn’t know the rules of the Senate? None of them is familiar with how Congress is suppose to work. Thy make it up as they go along.

madmonkphotog on July 31, 2011 at 6:48 PM

Speaking of our law student, maybe she can tell us what the Federal law penalty is for violation of the Congressional Budget Act? It is a law, after all.

Del Dolemonte on July 31, 2011 at 6:47 PM

Yeah, but the commerce clause or something.

Kataklysmic on July 31, 2011 at 6:48 PM

Heh. I love Rubio’s last statement before the clip ended.

“…well guess what? The Senate bill can’t pass in the Senate.”

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Emperor Norton on July 31, 2011 at 6:53 PM

Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) today tweeted an apology to his son for missing his birthday — and I feel for him.

I don’t feel for him because IMHO this smacks of using your child as a political prop.

What kid wants a tweet letting the whole world know his dad will miss his birthday?

What kind of dad does that anyway? Look at me!! Aren’t I so great!!!

INC on July 31, 2011 at 6:55 PM

Why people keep wasting their vote on him is a mystery!

pilamaye on July 31, 2011 at 6:27 PM

You can thank Cook County for that one.

predator on July 31, 2011 at 6:55 PM

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Bishop on July 31, 2011 at 6:59 PM

Does this “deal” deem a budget passed for next year, or will it be more of the same-old same-old from the dems for another 800+ days?

bookman on July 31, 2011 at 6:43 PM

No deeming, as far as has been reported. (Can’t see even Boehner falling for that.) So when CR runs out, more high drama.

Wethal on July 31, 2011 at 7:00 PM

Can we have recall elections for the federal government? They seem to be all in vogue now. I have a list that’s over 500 names long.

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OmahaConservative on July 31, 2011 at 7:09 PM

Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) today tweeted an apology to his son for missing his birthday — and I feel for him.
.

Screw him.

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OmahaConservative on July 31, 2011 at 7:10 PM

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sicoit on July 31, 2011 at 7:12 PM

Durbin doesn’t know just 51 votes needed to pass a budget in the Senate
Share

Durbin doesn’t his as$hole from a hole in the ground.

darwin-t on July 31, 2011 at 7:13 PM

Yeah, but the commerce clause or something.

Kataklysmic on July 31, 2011 at 6:48 PM

Nope! The “Good-n-Plenty” Cause. From the guy who also said, “We don’t know the rules. We just make them up as we go along”.

James Clyburn, Lead Negotiator – Debt Crisis 2011

Key West Reader on July 31, 2011 at 7:15 PM

Durbin and Obama…wow, Illinois. You suck.

SouthernGent on July 31, 2011 at 7:16 PM

sicoit on July 31, 2011 at 7:12 PM

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OmahaConservative on July 31, 2011 at 7:18 PM

Give us Marco Rubio. We need him now.

stefano1 on July 31, 2011 at 7:20 PM

SouthernGent on July 31, 2011 at 7:16 PM

One really feels for the conservative brethren trapped in that $hithole…

OmahaConservative on July 31, 2011 at 7:20 PM

OmahaConservative on July 31, 2011 at 7:10 PM

OK, got it loaded. Now what????

sicoit on July 31, 2011 at 7:21 PM

Choice to hear Senator Kerry say that the earlier votes by Reed, Obama et. al. were symbolic (read insincere and typical politics as usual)

aloysiusmiller on July 31, 2011 at 7:22 PM

Durbin and Obama…wow, Illinois. You suck. the reason down staters want a separate state starting at I-80.
SouthernGent on July 31, 2011 at 7:16 PM

fify

predator on July 31, 2011 at 7:22 PM

Huh, no mention that the obstructionist minority power has made 60 votes needed to pass anything in the Senate because they filibuster everything?

Thanks to Republicans, yes, it does take 60 votes to pass something in the Senate.

And Republicans are the one to created this artificial crisis by tying spending cuts to raising the debt ceiling. End of story.

Tom_Shipley on July 31, 2011 at 7:24 PM

Sen Conrad is from North Dakota, not Colorado. Please don’t embarrass my state even further…i’ve already got two (D) loons in the Senate…i don’t need one more ;-)

jwehman on July 31, 2011 at 7:24 PM

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AdBlock has always caused memory leak issues for me. I use Privoxy instead. If you use more than one browser, it’s an even better solution.

ddrintn on July 31, 2011 at 7:24 PM

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OmahaConservative on July 31, 2011 at 7:25 PM

ddrintn on July 31, 2011 at 7:24 PM

Adblock has been fine for me, esp. since I only use Firefox…

OmahaConservative on July 31, 2011 at 7:27 PM

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OmahaConservative on July 31, 2011 at 7:18 PM

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sicoit on July 31, 2011 at 7:28 PM

Durbin was flaling for a talking point on why the Democrats haven’t passed a spending bill in the Senate, and the 60-vote threshold that was such an issue when Scott Brown was running for election in Massachusetts during the ObamaCare battle popped into his head. His giant brain simply forgot government funding bills don’t require the same 60-vote super-majorities that non-budget bills do.

jon1979 on July 31, 2011 at 7:29 PM

sicoit on July 31, 2011 at 7:28 PM

Hmmm…
Odd. What operating system are you running?

OmahaConservative on July 31, 2011 at 7:34 PM

“The thing that befuddles and baffles me is that everyone here in Illinois knows exactly what sort of certified doofus-deluxe Durbin is,… Why people keep wasting their vote on him is a mystery!
pilamaye on July 31, 2011 at 6:27 PM”

Wow. So, they prefer to keep him out of the state by sending him to DC for most of the time where he can eff things up on a national scale. Now THAT is awful.

JimP on July 31, 2011 at 7:35 PM

Wait, I didn’t open up FF. Just did and downloaded the add on. Going to reboot under FF now. I’ll be back in a min. THANKS!

sicoit on July 31, 2011 at 7:36 PM

sicoit on July 31, 2011 at 7:28 PM

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OmahaConservative on July 31, 2011 at 7:36 PM

sicoit on July 31, 2011 at 7:36 PM

‘K. Good luck, darlin’
Hope it gets goin’ for ya…

OmahaConservative on July 31, 2011 at 7:40 PM

Sen. Durbin said on FNS this morning that Dems haven’t passed a budget bc of 60-vote threshold.

Plus he was probably knocked off balance because they’d never ask a question like that on the Obama owned-and-operated networks like ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, NPR or on the ones Durbin watches, like Nickelodeon, the TV Guide Channel and the Home Shopping Network.

curved space on July 31, 2011 at 7:49 PM

Durbin was probably referring to the 60 votes that are required for cloture, which has to be voted on before a resolution can be put to a vote. The Senate can pass a lot of things with 51 votes, but it can’t vote on anything without 60.

Of course, that doesn’t mean he’s not a marroon.

J.E. Dyer on July 31, 2011 at 7:52 PM

Somebody also might want to tell him the Senate count only changed last January and that hasn’t been over 800 days.

golfmann on July 31, 2011 at 8:01 PM

Turban Durbin is a fool. A dolt on the order of Biden or Kerry. He always was and always will be. A vicious dolt spared by the media because he is a Democrat.

pat on July 31, 2011 at 8:08 PM

Bishop on July 31, 2011 at 6:59 PM

For you and others having refresh issues, try deleting temp files and history. Also it helps not to have too many windows open.

bluefox on July 31, 2011 at 8:15 PM

Bush used it for his tax cuts, but perhaps that was integrated into the budget?

Spathi on July 31, 2011 at 6:20 PM

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When was Bush in Congress? He wasn’t! This is same sh!t that Steny “Annoyer” Hoyer does all the time – blames Congressional action on ‘Bush.’ The Members may have used this technique, Bush didn’t.
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Honestly, you sound stupid when you write cr@p like that!

ExpressoBold on July 31, 2011 at 8:24 PM

Sen Conrad is from North Dakota, not Colorado. Please don’t embarrass my state even further…i’ve already got two (D) loons in the Senate…i don’t need one more ;-)

jwehman on July 31, 2011 at 7:24 PM

What I was going to say.

You should see the canned garbage you get back when you try and contact them. Completely worthless.

Mark Udall is a nice guy, and at least he’s not corrupt and doesn’t have any sexually deviant habits, but he ALWAYS votes the party line. The only Colorado thing he fights for are environmental issues.

Can CO Repubs PLEASE put up some decent candidates the next time around?

Common Sense on July 31, 2011 at 8:36 PM

Durbin doesn’t know just 51 votes needed to pass a budget in the Senate

But, but, but…

It’s Michele Bachmann who’s the real nitwit.

All the MSNBC talking turds tell me so.

locomotivebreath1901 on July 31, 2011 at 9:14 PM

where were Durbin and Begich and every other Democrat senator for the past 823 days?

Collecting their UNEARNED paychecks.

Priorities.

GarandFan on July 31, 2011 at 10:02 PM

Honestly, you sound stupid when you write cr@p like that!

ExpressoBold on July 31, 2011 at 8:24 PM

“Only” when he writes crap like that?

hawkdriver on July 31, 2011 at 11:06 PM

Rubio… wow! I like it.

greeneyedconservative on July 31, 2011 at 11:44 PM

If you intend to cover all the stuff Dick Durbin doesn’t know and/or thinks he knows but is totally wrong on, you’re gonna need more bandwidth.

A LOT more bandwidth.

Adjoran on August 1, 2011 at 4:45 AM

Just saw you on FOX–good job! And got a mention for Hot Air!

lovingmyUSA on August 1, 2011 at 6:57 AM

Re: Rubio’s beatdown.
It gives me endless joy to see them trot out Ol’ Long John Liveshot to tout the wisdom of being against something before being for it. Goes to prove that the only thing dumber and more put of touch than the establishment GOP is any democrat.

Huckabye-Romney on August 1, 2011 at 7:51 AM

He knew. Just another Democrat who is never challenged by the press no matter how stupid the answer even including the lies they tell us.

Herb on August 1, 2011 at 8:50 AM

Wow, I have to say that Rubio knocks this one out of the ballpark! He is concise and with precision slices the Democratic rhetoric to shreds. He nails them for the lack of even presenting a budget in over 800 days, he nails Obama for have such a piss-poor ‘attempt’ at a budget that *no one* voted for it, and then he nails the Schumer drones that call every Tea Party member “extremist” every time they get in front of a microphone…bravo Mr. Rubio, bravo!

Geministorm on August 1, 2011 at 9:23 AM

sicoit on July 31, 2011 at 6:19 PM; Typical moron lib. . . had it right.

But, Sen. D(T)urbin is not your typical liberal. As a member of the Senate Committee that make up, interrupt,and enforce Senate Rules, he should have realized (D) have the numbers to pass this legislation, which only needs a simple majority (51) to pass (http://www.senate.gov/).

112th Congress (2011-2013)
Majority Party: Democrat (51 seats)
Minority Party: Republican (47 seats)
Other Parties: 1 Independent; 1 Independent Democrat
Total Seats: 100

MSGTAS on August 1, 2011 at 9:26 AM

The thing that befuddles and baffles me is that everyone here in Illinois knows exactly what sort of certified doofus-deluxe Durbin is, but every single time this goof is up for re-election, he slides right in for another term!

Why people keep wasting their vote on him is a mystery!

pilamaye on July 31, 2011 at 6:27 PM

Tell me about it. I had the same lament with the Kennedy / Kerry combo in MA. Dying is the only way they get crowbar’d out of office.

roy_batty on August 1, 2011 at 9:39 AM

As liberal after liberal exposes their obvious ignorance, it becomes very clear where our nation is heading after the public education has been turned over to a labor union (NEA). The transforming of America is “in the works”. The liberals will handle the endocrination at the colleges and universites and leave the common work to union sychophants. When the Communist party openly endorsesd Obama and the democrats, the end of life as we know it is coming.

GOOGLE: Communist Party endorses Obama democrats

volsense on August 1, 2011 at 10:02 AM

Senator Durban. Appropriate first name.

BigAlSouth on August 1, 2011 at 10:16 AM

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