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We are now at 757 days since the Democrats have chosen to perform one of their core job functions and pass a budget. Yesterday, the Senate held a vote on four different budget proposals, including President Obama's, Pat Toomey's, and Rand Paul's.
Dean Clancy has already done the breakdown:
The Senate voted on 4 budget plans, offered by:
- President Obama
- Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) [This plan passed the House last month.]
- Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA)
- Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)
FreedomWorks supported the 3 alternatives to the Obama budget.
The Obama Budget (failed 0-97) was the biggest loser. It wouldn’t cut spending, reform entitlements, or shrink government, but would raises taxes on the middle class.
The House-Passed Budget (defeated 40-57), which would reduce spending by nearly $6 trillion over the next decade, did more respectably, garnering 40 votes in favor, to 57 against. All Democrats voted against it, along with 5 Republicans: Scott Brown (R-MA); Susan Collins (R-ME); Olympia Snowe (R-ME); Lisa Murkowski (R-AK); and Rand Paul (R-KY) [Mr. Paul opposed it because it didn’t go far enough].
The Toomey Budget (defeated 42-55) garnered 2 more votes than the House budget, picking up the liberal Murkowski (because it didn’t offer specific entitlement reforms) and the libertarian Paul (because it balances the budget in 10 years instead of 30 years as in the House-passed plan).
The Rand Paul Budget (defeated 7-90) was the boldest plan, balancing the budget in just 5 years, and eliminating 4 cabinet departments (HUD, Commerce, Energy, and Education). Voting against it were all Democrats and all but 7 Republicans. The Principled Seven were: Tom Coburn (R-OK); Jim DeMint (R-SC); David Vitter (R-LA); Mike Lee (R-UT); Orrin Hatch (R-UT); Rand Paul (R-KY); Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
Current Score: Republicans 40, Obama 0
At least the Democrats are giving voters a clear choice. Continue spending without a plan, or acknowledge that the path we're on is just not an option for much longer. Democrats have consistently failed to produce a budget option, in what is probably an effort to avoid being held accountable for their actions.
Republicans offered three options yesterday, and not a single Democrat was willing to compromise. For all of the rhetoric about getting our "fiscal house in order," they seem to be sitting on the sidelines and continuing business as usual.
Let us know how that works out for you, guys. The American people are watching. It's time to straighten things out. If you don't do it now, you'll be replaced next year by someone who will.
Who's the "Party of No" now?
Make sure to tune in to the short update from Dean Clancy on the specifics of yesterday's fight by clicking below!