Here comes the sequester: Democratic, Republican bills to avert cuts defeated in Senate

posted at 4:11 pm on February 28, 2013 by Allahpundit

Actually, the GOP bill wasn’t designed to avert cuts, it was designed to avert these cuts by giving Obama the power to replace them with equivalent cuts of his choosing. He’s been screaming for weeks that the sequester will chop crucial services by hitting agencies indiscriminately across the board, right? Well, there’s the solution — let O protect the important stuff, like naval deployments, by reinstating the Pentagon’s money and cutting stuff like cowboy poetry festivals instead. Result: The bill fails, 38-60. So terrified was the White House of the political responsibility of deciding which arms of government should bear the burden of an $85 billion haircut that they actually threatened to veto the bill if it passed. No need to worry about that; Senate Democrats, who’ve been shirking political responsibility for years by not passing a budget, were happy to kill this thing for him. Imagine how awkward it would have been if they hadn’t and O had to explain to the public that he had the power to save money in ways besides, say, releasing illegal immigrants from detention centers but chose not to exercise it. His whole strategy in this process is to impose maximum pain on Americans while blaming Republicans for supposedly tying his hands in trying to avert it. They offered to untie his hands. He refused. Leadership.

The Democrats’ alternative to $85 billion in cuts, meanwhile, was … very Democratic:

The sequester replacement bill proposed by Senate Democrats, and endorsed by the White House, would add $7.2 billion to the federal deficit over ten years, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

“CBO estimates that S. 388 would increase direct spending by $62.4 billion and revenues by $55.1 billion over the 2013–2023 period. Thus, the cumulative deficit would increase by $7.2 billion from those changes,” CBO wrote in a report.

The Democratic bill would replace the $85 billion in automatic cuts scheduled to take effect on Friday with a mixture of tax increases and spending cuts to defense programs and farm subsidies. However, those spending cuts would be phased in over a ten-year period, whereas the sequestration cuts would occur this year.

That one failed 51-49. Interestingly, both bills drew opposition from their own sides. The Republican plan got flack from McCain on grounds that it’s nutty to hand Obama a blank check on cuts when he’s bound to use it to punish interests favored by the GOP. The Democratic plan received a few no votes from, I assume, red-state Dems like Pryor and Begich who are facing reelection next year and don’t want the locals to know their big plan to replace the sequester was with another $7 billion in borrowing. I’m waiting for the roll call on each and will post as soon as they’re available. Stand by for updates. While you wait, read Byron York’s piece at the Examiner questioning Obama’s claim that his hands really are tied. Some federal agencies, most notably Defense, already have the power to move money around on their books to protect their most important functions. Why isn’t O asking them to exercise it?

Update: Still no rolls available as of 4:20 ET but CNN has a list of senators on both sides who bucked the party line. No surprises:

Nine Republicans voted against McConnell’s proposal: New Hampshire’s Kelly Ayotte, Maine’s Susan Collins, Texas’s Ted Cruz, South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham, Nevada’s Dean Heller, Utah’s Mike Lee, Arizona’s John McCain, Kentucky’s Rand Paul and Florida’s Marco Rubio.

Three Democrats opposed Reid’s plan: North Carolina’s Kay Hagan, Louisiana’s Mary Landrieu and Arkansas’s Mark Pryor.

Reid himself also voted against the Democratic bill, but purely for procedural reasons.

The McCain/Graham/Ayotte faction of hawks likely opposed the GOP bill for fear of what Obama might use it to do to the Pentagon. The Paul/Lee faction, I assume, simply opposes congressional delegation of appropriations power to the executive on principle. As for the Democratic heretics, yep, all three are red-staters and all three are up next year.


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…the feces is flowing!

KOOLAID2 on February 28, 2013 at 4:13 PM

The Republican plan got flack from McCain on grounds that it’s nutty…

…meh?

KOOLAID2 on February 28, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Kabuki.

portlandon on February 28, 2013 at 4:14 PM

L.i.B.

Electrongod on February 28, 2013 at 4:14 PM

…is there a difference between senile… and nutty?

KOOLAID2 on February 28, 2013 at 4:15 PM

And now, now, now … we’re gonna cut 1 cent from the anticipated $[insert multi-trillion dollar] spending and deficit plan!

You fools!

It’s the end!

You fools!

OhEssYouCowboys on February 28, 2013 at 4:16 PM

It’s already March 1st in Guam. Has it tipped over yet?

Mark1971 on February 28, 2013 at 4:16 PM

No one will die from the sequester, unless Obama kills someone.

Schadenfreude on February 28, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Oh what a tangled web Obama weaves as he practices to destroy, err I meant deceive…

SWalker on February 28, 2013 at 4:19 PM

Actually, the GOP bill wasn’t designed to avert cuts, it was designed to avert these cuts by giving Obama the power to replace them with equivalent cuts of his choosing… The bill fails, 38-60.

 

Bicamawhat?
 
- HotAirLib

rogerb on February 28, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Some federal agencies, most notably Defense, already have the power to move money around on their books to protect their most important functions. Why isn’t O asking them to exercise it?

I’ll take The Annals of Failed Leadership for $100, Alex.

Lily on February 28, 2013 at 4:20 PM

…the feces is flowing!

KOOLAID2 on February 28, 2013 at 4:13 PM

And the impeller is rotating at maximum velocity…

SWalker on February 28, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Needs exerpting

Imagine how awkward it would have been if they hadn’t and O had to explain to the public that he had the power to save money in ways besides, say, releasing illegal immigrants from detention centers but chose not to exercise it. His whole strategy in this process is to impose maximum pain on Americans while blaming Republicans for supposedly tying his hands in trying to avert it. They offered to untie his hands. He refused. Leadership.

Fools in the media, understand this, you Obama-sh*t-consumers. May you suffocate from what you eat.

Schadenfreude on February 28, 2013 at 4:21 PM

Just like on Y2K, I’m gonna be in my bunker, hoarding my supplies of Sunkist soda.

sentinelrules on February 28, 2013 at 4:22 PM

“Obama won – shut up” –HotAirLib, and the other plankton-brains around HA

Schadenfreude on February 28, 2013 at 4:22 PM

This is now just getting comical. What is the CBO measuring against:

The sequestration?
The continuing resolution?
The phantom senate budgets?
Obama’s rejected budgets?
The senate bill vs. the house bill vs. the rejected simpson- bowles commision plan??

JUST STOP SPENDING?

Pass a damn bill that says you can not spend anymore money than you took in receipts the previous month!

can_con on February 28, 2013 at 4:24 PM

The only people who will die from the sequester are the ones Obama will kill.

See the release of the criminal illegals, the ones he let go.

Schadenfreude on February 28, 2013 at 4:26 PM

“Obama won – shut up” –HotAirLib, and the other plankton-brains around HA

Schadenfreude on February 28, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Who lives in a horse apple under the sea? Obama squarepants /

rsherwd65 on February 28, 2013 at 4:27 PM

And it’s come to this. This is what awaits us all!

You’re all going to die! Death awaits you all!

OhEssYouCowboys on February 28, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Some federal agencies, most notably Defense, already have the power to move money around on their books to protect their most important functions. Why isn’t O asking them to exercise it?

Goebbels/Himmler

Schadenfreude on February 28, 2013 at 4:28 PM

The Republican plan got flack from McCain on grounds that it’s nutty…

…meh?

KOOLAID2 on February 28, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Might want to use the entire quote. Parsing is usually done by liberals to put Republicans in a bad light. Or maybe that’s what you were trying to do.

The Republican plan got flack from McCain on grounds that it’s nutty to hand Obama a blank check on cuts when he’s bound to use it to punish interests favored by the GOP.

Mitoch55 on February 28, 2013 at 4:28 PM

No one will die from the sequester, unless until Obama kills someone.

Schadenfreude on February 28, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Yes He Will.

Archivarix on February 28, 2013 at 4:29 PM

McConnell needs to go. Out, out, out.

Schadenfreude on February 28, 2013 at 4:29 PM

As for the Democratic heretics, yep, all three are red-staters and all three are up next year.

And all 3 need to go to Hades and out of the Senate.

Schadenfreude on February 28, 2013 at 4:31 PM

All part of the plan to allow the media to make the repubs look bad. Remember that BO can do no wrong. Ever. Everything and I do mean everything will be the fault of the rebubs. Just wait for the cries that BO needs another 4 years to make things right. You know it’s coming. The media, dems and liberals have been hinting at it for months now.

Dr. Frank Enstine on February 28, 2013 at 4:32 PM

So let’s recap:

1) Obama doesn’t want to cut a dime from the budget(and I’m being generous using that term since we technically haven’t had one for 1400 days).

2) Obama wants tax hikes to close the deficit. I’m not sure though if he wants $1 trillion in new taxes annually since that’s what it would take to balance the budget. It would be nice if a member of the state-run media would pose that question to Dear Leader.

3) Obama doesn’t want any potential cuts from the sequester or any other deal to be tied to him in any way.

4) Obama is willing to do intentional harm to this nation in order to anger enough Americans into backing him over the Republicans with regard to the current level of federal spending.

Setting aside the fact that any Commander-in-Chief fitting that description belongs in prison and not the Oval Office, I’ll be curious to see what exactly the GOP plan will be going forward in dealing with the debt ceiling and expiration of the current continuing resolution. I don’t see how anything short of a default or government shutdown will get an actual budget drawn up by the Senate Dems, but Boehner and Cantor don’t have the stones to go there. On the flipside, those two know they can’t ask the House GOP to rubber stamp anymore tax hikes. So we seem to be at an impasse.

Doughboy on February 28, 2013 at 4:32 PM

As for the Democratic heretics, yep, all three are red-staters and all three are up next year.

And all 3 need to go to Hades and out of the Senate.

Schadenfreude on February 28, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Not to derail the thread too much, but does anybody on the ground in NC know who we’re going to run against Hagan? She’s far too vulnerable to allow an easy ride through this election.

Gingotts on February 28, 2013 at 4:34 PM

I am under the impression that Team O is losing the publicity battle on this. Anybody else feeling that? I check Lefty news sources from time to time, but it’s hard to tell what the public is really perceiving.

Jackalope on February 28, 2013 at 4:35 PM

I’m praying for a catastrophic natural disaster in the District of Colombia that the essentially removes about 50 miles inland forever.

tom daschle concerned on February 28, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Doughboy on February 28, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Precedent. Since the Republicans refused for three years to force a budget, shutting down the government will be considered rash and destructive.
The leadership MUST me in bed with Obama on this stuff…

astonerii on February 28, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Not to derail the thread too much, but does anybody on the ground in NC know who we’re going to run against Hagan? She’s far too vulnerable to allow an easy ride through this election.

Gingotts on February 28, 2013 at 4:34 PM

I’m game. where do I need to move!?!

astonerii on February 28, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Don’t miss this.

Schadenfreude on February 28, 2013 at 4:36 PM

I’ll take The Annals of Failed Leadership for $100, Alex.

Lily on February 28, 2013 at 4:20 PM

That assumes that BO is failing and I for one think that he is being successful beyond his wildest dreams. The problem is that few want to see what his “real” plan is. It’s too unbelievable for many to accept. Sure some may say they know but, they have not accepted the truth of it.

Dr. Frank Enstine on February 28, 2013 at 4:37 PM

McConnell needs to go. Out, out, out.

Schadenfreude on February 28, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Yup

Jackalope on February 28, 2013 at 4:37 PM

The Republican plan got flack from McCain on grounds that it’s nutty…

…meh?

KOOLAID2 on February 28, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Might want to use the entire quote. Parsing is usually done by liberals to put Republicans in a bad light. Or maybe that’s what you were trying to do.

The Republican plan got flack from McCain on grounds that it’s nutty to hand Obama a blank check on cuts when he’s bound to use it to punish interests favored by the GOP.

Mitoch55 on February 28, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Quiet frankly, given that McCain has proven that the only thing he cares about is his own personal ambition to retain power and wealth, I really can’t see any reason to be offended that ANYONE might quote him out of context or might leave out part of what he said. John McCain can FOAD and Join Ted Kennedy in heII today for all I care.

SWalker on February 28, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Setting aside the fact that any Commander-in-Chief fitting that description belongs in prison and not the Oval Office
Doughboy on February 28, 2013 at 4:32 PM

You forgot white republican in that sentence.

Dr. Frank Enstine on February 28, 2013 at 4:39 PM

At this point, I don’t think either bill is to ‘avoid sequester’.

Both tried to make sure to place blame on the other side.

Sir Napsalot on February 28, 2013 at 4:43 PM

In the end Obama will claim victory, the press will agree and all the polling done will show the American people agree…..

albill on February 28, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Might want to use the entire quote. Parsing is usually done by liberals to put Republicans in a bad light. Or maybe that’s what you were trying to do.

The Republican plan got flack from McCain on grounds that it’s nutty to hand Obama a blank check on cuts when he’s bound to use it to punish interests favored by the GOP.

Mitoch55 on February 28, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Wow, more about politics than what is good for the country…

They have not had any problems giving Obama weapons of mass destruction to use against them in negotiations in the past. Yet that would have been too much? Oh, wait, what McCain is really saying is that if they give him this ability, Obama will no longer be able to use the Sequester the Republicans handed him as a weapon against their “wishes”.

astonerii on February 28, 2013 at 4:46 PM

So terrified was the White House of the political responsibility of deciding which arms of government should bear the burden of an $85 billion haircut that they actually threatened to veto the bill if it passed.

The last thing Barry wants to be tied to is RESPONSIBILITY.

GarandFan on February 28, 2013 at 4:50 PM

At this point, I don’t think either bill is to ‘avoid sequester’.

Both tried to make sure to place blame on the other side.

Sir Napsalot on February 28, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Blame for what?

That a single, Tic Tac fell out of those 12 grocery bags, full of all of that free shit?

OhEssYouCowboys on February 28, 2013 at 4:53 PM

The best thing about Socialism is – it’s FREE!

[Doin' the Snoopy dance]

OhEssYouCowboys on February 28, 2013 at 4:53 PM

His whole strategy in this process is to impose maximum pain on Americans while blaming Republicans for supposedly tying his hands in trying to avert it. They offered to untie his hands. He refused.
Leadership Pyromania.

Such individuals who lack ulterior motive have traditionally been referred to in layman’s terms simply as a variation of a pyromaniac. Most such maniacs lack conscious motivation although they are fully aware of the acts they are failing to stop or they themselves are committing. Typically they will feel intense pleasure, gratification, or relief when causing destruction or when witnessing or participating in the aftermath. Motivation is also classified as pathological and non-pathological. Some research suggests that feeling such joy at horrific situations is pathological. Other research suggests that some motivation for this comes from rational thought. Taking joy in horrific situations for envisioned gains in political power and/or the concealment of the imposition of devious plans are examples of supposed rational decision making.

I must say in conclusion that history has repeatedly and harshly proven that elevating such a profoundly disturbed man to the highest office in any country is never a good idea. Unfortunately it is a lesson that must be learned first hand in every nation and some of those nations survive and some do not

Sigmund on February 28, 2013 at 4:55 PM

I’ll take The Annals of Failed Leadership for $100, Alex.

Lily on February 28, 2013 at 4:20 PM

That assumes that BO is failing and I for one think that he is being successful beyond his wildest dreams. The problem is that few want to see what his “real” plan is. It’s too unbelievable for many to accept. Sure some may say they know but, they have not accepted the truth of it.

Dr. Frank Enstine on February 28, 2013 at 4:37 PM

As I have stated elsewhere – I don’t think so. Obama got burned on the sequester by Woodward – been out a bunch today. So Obama has been walking back the doom and gloom by saying we won’t feel anything for a while – very different from his demeanor last week.

When you play highstakes poker and assume your opponent won’t call your bluff – as he had every reason to do with the GOP as his opponent with defense spending on the table – AND THEN your opponent calls, and the Senate for good messure has a vote on giving you discretion on cuts which your own side votes down – you are in a very bad place.

I have no doubt that the odds favor his wiggling free – but it will not allow him to win this narrative. This one stung him – rare indeed – but the GOP drew blood and Obama is walking this thing back as fast as he can.

Zomcon JEM on February 28, 2013 at 4:55 PM

I’m game. where do I need to move!?!

astonerii on February 28, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Well the safest place with Obama and the complicit GOP not stopping him would be….er…Iran?

Don L on February 28, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Where are you getting your $85 billion number from?

besser tot als rot on February 28, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Well the safest place with Obama and the complicit GOP not stopping him would be….er…Iran?

Don L on February 28, 2013 at 4:55 PM

I’m gonna go with North Korea.

These filthy, parasitic, Marxist malignancies would never set foot in a Marxist Utopia.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 28, 2013 at 4:59 PM

Where are you getting your $85 billion number from?

besser tot als rot on February 28, 2013 at 4:55 PM

The number I’ve seem elsewhere is $44 billion with half that this FY and half next.

VorDaj on February 28, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Blame for what?

That a single, Tic Tac fell out of those 12 grocery bags, full of all of that free shit?

OhEssYouCowboys on February 28, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Well you see, it’s like this, if you are a princess you can feel that missing Tic Tac not being there even through 12 full grocery bags.

VorDaj on February 28, 2013 at 5:04 PM

The federal government will spend more in 2013 then it did in 2012 with or without the sequester, right?

So why are we talking about “cuts”?

18-1 on February 28, 2013 at 5:05 PM

At this point, I don’t think either bill is to ‘avoid sequester’.

Both tried to make sure to place blame on the other side.

Sir Napsalot on February 28, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Blame for what?

That a single, Tic Tac fell out of those 12 grocery bags, full of all of that free shit?

OhEssYouCowboys on February 28, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Tomorrow, I fully expect both sides to start taking credit for the fact that the rivers continue to flow, no animals have become extinct, the Earth continues in its path around the sun, and dogs and cats are NOT living together (not that there is anything wrong with that) EVEN THOUGH the Evil [insert opponent's name here] did everything in their power to destroy life as we know it.

Lily on February 28, 2013 at 5:07 PM

This won’t do anything to stop the coming hyperinflation.

I’m so looking forward to the $1000 gumball.

trigon on February 28, 2013 at 5:08 PM

McConnell needs to go. Out, out, out.

The entire Republican leadership actually.

As the Republicans control the house they should be in the driver’s seat at least in discussing the budget but they have been passive, generally just doing what Obama wants.

I would have just passed a $2.5T budget and gone home. Hell, just re-submit Clinton’s last budget adjusted for inflation.

If Obama wanted to shut the government down, let him.

18-1 on February 28, 2013 at 5:08 PM

The federal government will spend more in 2013 then it did in 2012 with or without the sequester, right?

So why are we talking about “cuts”?

18-1 on February 28, 2013 at 5:05 PM

You do know who we are talking about. And where they work ?
That they actually believe what they say will be the end of this country.

Jabberwock on February 28, 2013 at 5:10 PM

Might want to use the entire quote. Parsing is usually done by liberals to put Republicans in a bad light. Or maybe that’s what you were trying to do.

The Republican plan got flack from McCain on grounds that it’s nutty to hand Obama a blank check on cuts when he’s bound to use it to punish interests favored by the GOP.
Mitoch55 on February 28, 2013 at 4:28 PM

…exactly what I was doing…the man is no Republican!…he crys like one when it is to his advantage to do so…and then ends up voting differently. Kerry is an idiot…who voted for him?…Hagel is an idiot…who voted for him?….he farts about immigration…how does he poop?…he cries about the deficit…how does he always end up voting?…the senile senator gets way too much face time…for what always ends up…coming out of his maverick a$$!

KOOLAID2 on February 28, 2013 at 5:10 PM

I’m pizzed!!!

My Dog has to eat Gravy Train now!!!!!!

Son of a….

ToddPA on February 28, 2013 at 5:11 PM

VorDaj on February 28, 2013 at 5:04 PM

LOL funny, thanks!

Sir Napsalot on February 28, 2013 at 5:21 PM

The federal government will spend more in 2013 then it did in 2012 with or without the sequester, right?

So why are we talking about “cuts”?

18-1 on February 28, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Because the Fifth column Treasonous Media are engaging in indoctrination and propaganda. You are quiet literally being told what you are required to think. What you are required to think in this case is that anything short of the amount demanded by the government is a cut in revenue to the government.

Black is white, day is night, evil is good, war is peace and we have always been at war with Oceania. Will you need another reeducation session in the chair Winston?

SWalker on February 28, 2013 at 5:21 PM

The GOP will betray you

True_King on February 28, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Is this similar to the Infrastructure crisis?

Bmore on February 28, 2013 at 5:24 PM

The GOP will betray you

No way – I’m sure this time they’ll show a backbone and…

Oh hell, I can’t keep a straight face while I type this.

18-1 on February 28, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Is this similar to the Infrastructure crisis?

Bmore on February 28, 2013 at 5:24 PM

I do hope that you are not implying that you have any objections to Obama and company skimming a few hundred billions tax dollars off to their own personal off shore bank accounts. That is after all, an implication, and I say this as a friend, that you could come to regret. O_O

SWalker on February 28, 2013 at 5:30 PM

The GOP will betray you

No way – I’m sure this time they’ll show a backbone and…

Oh hell, I can’t keep a straight face while I type this.

18-1 on February 28, 2013 at 5:29 PM

don’t feel bad, I doubt even Satan himself could keep a straight face while telling a whooper like that… ;p

SWalker on February 28, 2013 at 5:32 PM

Sounds like Cornyn from Texas voted for this crap. I hope the Tea Party primaries him next year because we sure as the devil are not going to vote for the sob.

johnny reb on February 28, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Next thing we know Allah will post a breaking news thread about emergency meetings, behind the door negotiations, etc etc.

At 11:59, there will be the announcement that the ‘crisis’ had been solved, which include an Obama phone call.

Sir Napsalot on February 28, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Sounds like Cornyn from Texas voted for this crap. I hope the Tea Party primaries him next year because we sure as the devil are not going to vote for the sob.

johnny reb on February 28, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Don’t be silly comrade, you will vote for whomever your Marxist republican masters tell you to vote for, and be damned glad they were benevolent enough to do your thinking for you.

SWalker on February 28, 2013 at 5:36 PM

Suppose that on July 4, 1776, someone had gone before the Continental Congress and proposed the following:

“Resolved, that the Expenditures of the Government of the United States shall, each day, exceed the Revenues of the Government for such day by One Hundred Million Dollars.”

Had such a resolution been adopted …

our national debt would be less than half as much as it is today.

J.S.K. on February 28, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Suppose that on July 4, 1776, someone had gone before the Continental Congress and proposed the following:

“Resolved, that the Expenditures of the Government of the United States shall, each day, exceed the Revenues of the Government for such day by One Hundred Million Dollars.”

Had such a resolution been adopted …

our national debt would be less than half as much as it is today.

J.S.K. on February 28, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Had anyone been corrupt or stupid enough to have suggested that in 1776 they would have found themselves with a nice piece of Stout Hemp Rope dangling by the neck from a streetlamp just outside the capital building before the day was even over.

Today, such moral outrage no longer exists.

SWalker on February 28, 2013 at 5:43 PM

The Republican plan got flack from McCain on grounds that it’s nutty …

One would expect McCain to consider that a ‘feature,” not a “bug.”

BD57 on February 28, 2013 at 5:43 PM

The Lyin’ King is being found out in this process; while some have turned against Woodward, many realize they could be next. Some other “respected” journalist is going to have the cojones to join in with Woodward and continue the war within the media.

Tater Salad on February 28, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Swalker @ 5:36

Excuse me but you are wrong. We got rid of Dewhurst during the last primary when all the repub rinos wanted him by voting for Ted Cruz. We can and will repeat against the rino Cornyn. If the Tea Party can’t get someone comparable to Cruz, we will either vote Libertarian or not vote at all. I think most voting is fixed anyway.

johnny reb on February 28, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Swalker @ 5:36

Excuse me but you are wrong. We got rid of Dewhurst during the last primary when all the repub rinos wanted him by voting for Ted Cruz. We can and will repeat against the rino Cornyn. If the Tea Party can’t get someone comparable to Cruz, we will either vote Libertarian or not vote at all. I think most voting is fixed anyway.

johnny reb on February 28, 2013 at 5:47 PM

While the system may indeed be rigged, nothing helps the Marxist Democrats steal election more than citizens not voting.

SWalker on February 28, 2013 at 5:50 PM

The problems caused by these traitor politicians will not be fixed at the ballot box.

johnny reb on February 28, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Suppose that on July 4, 1776, someone had gone before the Continental Congress and proposed the following:

J.S.K. on February 28, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Sorry, can’t help myself. Bear with me.

First, July 4, 1776 was when the Declaration of Independence was signed, not voted on. That occurred on the 2nd of July. It took two days for the printer to prepare the copies. It was signed on the 4th. So Independence Day was July 2, 1776.

Having said that, your suggestion was in reference to the framing of the current Constitution, which occurred over a decade later.

BobMbx on February 28, 2013 at 5:59 PM

No way – I’m sure this time they’ll show a backbone and…

Oh hell, I can’t keep a straight face while I type this.

18-1 on February 28, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Oh they show a backbone all the time. But they are only bluffing like a guy holding up a bank with his finger in his pocket pretending it’s a gun.

Lily on February 28, 2013 at 5:59 PM

The Paul/Lee faction, I assume, simply opposes congressional delegation abdication of appropriations power to the executive on principle.

FIFY

bofh on February 28, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Okay Republicans, you put out a bill handing it to Bambi. Of course he wouldnt take the bait, but no matter.

Get every last damn one of you on every last damn talk show and push the message that the President and Senate Dems refused to take responsibility for prioritizing these ahem, “armageddon inducing” cuts.

Use it or lose it, the clock is ticking!

JusDreamin on February 28, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Three Democrats opposed Reid’s plan: North Carolina’s Kay Hagan, Louisiana’s Mary Landrieu and Arkansas’s Mark Pryor.

Hagan and Landrieu are both up for re-election next year, I’m sure of it. I’ll assume Pryor is as well.

SouthernGent on February 28, 2013 at 6:13 PM

#StopTheSequesteria

National Debt:

Debt 01.20.09: $10.627T
Debt 02.27.13: $16.607T
Increase: $5.980T
%chg: 56.3% inc in 1,469 days

DebtHeldByPub:

01.20.09: $6.307T
02.27.13: $11.747T
+ $5.44T
%chg: +86.25% in 1,469 days

Resist We Much on February 28, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Perhaps they will be able to send single issue replacement cuts thru the Senate. If they don’t have anything attached, like crazy amendments, then perhaps they can save some of the defense cuts.

Fleuries on February 28, 2013 at 7:48 PM

Well folks..we are all doomed tomorrow..it was nice posting on hotair with everyone here..I’m sure Hotair is going under too with these devastating cuts…RIP Hotair

sadsushi on February 28, 2013 at 8:05 PM

Well you see, it’s like this, if you are a princess you can feel that missing Tic Tac not being there even through 12 full grocery bags.

VorDaj on February 28, 2013 at 5:04 PM

I like this even better than “Little Jack Horner” Ramirez’s Pies.

AesopFan on February 28, 2013 at 8:33 PM

Reid himself also voted against the Democratic bill, but purely for procedural reasons.

Wait, what? Oh, I know he has to vote against it to bring it up later, and that’s the proceudral reason; but what was the final vote?

That one failed 51-49.

So if Reid had voted FOR it… it would have been 50-50 and Biden would have decided it.

BIDEN wasn’t a safe vote?

I know he’s an idiot; but you’d think he could be coached to vote correctly on ONE bill… is even that beyond our VP’s abilities?

Or were they afraid he’d shoot it with a shotgun?

gekkobear on February 28, 2013 at 11:13 PM

So if Reid had voted FOR it… it would have been 50-50 and Biden would have decided it.

BIDEN wasn’t a safe vote?

gekkobear on February 28, 2013 at 11:13 PM

I understand that the bill would have needed 60 votes for passage, not just a majority.

J.S.K. on March 1, 2013 at 11:11 AM