President Obama’s budget plan for next year was a resounding blow Tuesday – when the Senate rejected it by a 98-1 vote.
And they say bipartisanship is dead.
Actually, it’s part of Obama’s history with the Senate, which was under his own party’s control until this year. According to the Washington Times, his 2011 budget was defeated in a 97-0 vote. His 2012 budget went down 99-0.
When you look at it that way, the one Democrat who voted for Obama’s latest plan – Delaware’s Tom Carper – should be getting a dinner at the White House sometime soon.
To be fair, the Senate doesn’t have a lot of experience passing budgets lately. The one it passed in 2013 was the first in four years. It passed on passing a budget last year to avoid having to make a decision in an election year, according to Reuters. (It’s what passed for governing when Nevada’s Harry Reid was running the show.)
Democrats said the plan they defeated so resoundingly Tuesday wasn’t really the president’s budget, because it didn’t include liberal goodies like a minimum wage increase. But Republican John Cornyn of Texas said it had all the tax increases and spending increases Obama asked for.
“This is the president’s proposed budget,” Cornyn said.
It was, anyway. And good riddance.
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