House And Senate Pass Budget Resolutions
by Todd Beeton, Thu Apr 02, 2009 at 09:07:42 PM EDT
The president's budget resolution passed the House this evening on a 233-196 vote (roll call is here.)
From The Speaker's office:
The 2010 Budget Resolution incorporates the four key priorities of the President's budget. It makes strategic investments in education, health care reform, and energy independence that are necessary to restore our crumbling economy and put the country in a position to remain globally competitive. It also takes the needed steps to restore fiscal sustainability by cutting the deficit by nearly two-thirds by 2013.
20 Democrats voted against the budget resolution and not one Republican voted for it (once again, Cao was whipped) no doubt leading to calls by rightwing hacks that opposition to the budget was the only bi-partisan position. It should be noted that the 20 vote defection represents just 8% of the Democratic caucus. By contrast, 38 Republicans (21% of their caucus) joined all Democrats to vote against the GOP budget alternative.
Tim Kaine released the following statement on the Republican unity against this budget resolution (via e-mail):
"Unfortunately, the unanimous vote by the House Republicans against the budget does not represent the principle of loyal opposition upon which this country was founded, but opposition purely for political gain. While Republicans continue to cling to the failed policies of the past that created the current economic crisis, President Obama and Democrats have taken bold steps to restore stability and prosperity for all Americans. Today's vote affirms that the Party of No is more interested in playing politics than working with the Democrats and the President to solve our nation's problems on a bipartisan basis."
Update [2009-4-3 1:7:11 by Todd Beeton]:The Senate also passed a budget resolution tonight, 55-43, with Evan Bayh (D-IN) and Ben Nelson (D-NE) voting No.
On a long day and night, the House was first to vote, and approved its version of the budget on a 233-196 roll call that fell largely along party lines. It calls for spending of $3.6 trillion for the budget year that begins Oct. 1, and includes a deficit of $1.2 trillion.
The Senate acted a few hours later, with Vice President Joe Biden presiding. The vote was 55-43 for a slightly different blueprint that calls for spending $3.5 trillion and forecasts a deficit of $1.2 trillion.
Politico calls the Senate budget resolution a "status quo document" and reports that in order to lose just 2 Democrats, "the Senate plan calls for large, unspecified cuts of $221 billion from Obamas requests for non-defense appropriations over the next five years" and "unlike the House, no deadline is set for committee action on healthcare reform." Wow.