What was it I said yesterday about the solution to partisan politics being united against Obama’s nonsense? Seems like the theory works.
The Senate, which has, admittedly, been loathe to pass a budget even when they agree on stuff, joined hands in a bipartisan bear hug yesterday to vote down the model budget that the Obama White House presented to them just a few short weeks ago. And while they have yet to come up with a solid idea of their own, they know, at least, that there’s no way in hell that Barack Obama is getting everything – or anything – he wants.
Senators on Tuesday opposed an amendment that would have swapped out the Republican budget with the one rolled out by President Obama earlier this year.
The amendment failed by a 1-98 vote, with Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) voting for the amendment.
Who was that lone wolf, Delaware Sen. Tom Carper? Well, we don’t know much, but we do know that he’s been quite persistent in ingratiating himself to the Administration as of late, skipping Netanyahu’s address and backing an overhaul of the toxic chemical law for the EPA, and now objecting to a Republican “swap out” of Barack Obama’s budget plan for theirs, even though he’s technically obligated to vote against the White House budget plan because it’s $4 trillion in government spending goes well above Congress’s noted budget cap.
There is a vote missing, of course, and that would be Sen. Bernie Sanders, who would have voted for the Obama budget if he was sure Republicans hadn’t pulled a sneaky move on him and failed to include everything in the budget in the final “swap out” amendment. According to Sanders, the budget that Sen. John Cornyn presented as the White House budget left out two key items that Bernie Sanders was really looking forward to: changes to the tax code to “rectify” income inequality, and a proposal to offer two free years of community college to American students who just can’t quite bring themselves to leave high school. Cornyn says he didn’t swap anything out, but stopped short of calling Bernie Sanders a lunatic.
The good news for the White House is, at least, that their budget failed by less this year than last, when it failed 99-0. Onward and upward!