Democrats pass ‘Balanced Approach’ Budget – Trillion in Taxes, No Payment on the Debt, almost no Cuts
Democrats pass ‘Balanced Approach’ Budget 1 Trillion in New taxes, No payment of Debt, and almost no Cuts – That’s Democrat Balance!
The term “pre dawn” should only be used to describe two things: Raids and Tony Orlando’s early years. When “pre dawn” is used in reference to the time of day Congress acted, especially heading into a weekend, it probably means potential bad news for the rest of us. That said, at about 5 o’clock this morning — pre dawn — the Senate passed its first budget in four years. Maybe the “no budget no pay” bill did the trick, or maybe Dems decided it’s well past time to raise taxes again. The voting was first and foremost affected by positioning for 2014:
The Senate early Saturday passed its first budget in four years by a vote of 50 to 49.
The close vote was a big victory for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-Wash.), who had to overcome large differences within their caucus to push the resolution through.
Centrist Sens. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and Max Baucus (D-Mont.) were all non-committal up until the end
Sens. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) were among only four Democrats to cast votes against the budget measure, which narrowly passed the Senate early Saturday morning, 50-49.
“This budget fails to strike the right balance between cutting our spending and setting up a path for future job creation and economic growth,” Pryor said in a statement.