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- May 26, 2011

President Obama’s Budget Failed To Get 
A Single Vote In The Senate

YESTERDAY NOT A SINGLE DEMOCRAT WANTED TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH THE “UNDISPUTED DEBT KING” OR HIS DISASTROUS BUDGET

Politifact: Barack Obama Is “The Undisputed Debt King Of The Last Five Presidents.” “So by this measurement -- potentially a more important one -- Obama is the undisputed debt king of the last five presidents, rather than the guy who added a piddling amount to the debt, as Pelosi’s chart suggested.” (“Nancy Pelosi Post Questionable Chart On Debt Accumulation By Barack Obama, Predecessors,” Politifact, 5/19/11) 

“The Senate Voted Unanimously On Wednesday To Reject A $3.7 Trillion Budget Plan That President Obama Sent To Capitol Hill In February.” (Alexander Bolton, “President's Budget Sinks, 97-0,” The Hill5/25/11)

  • “Democratic Senators At The Time Called It ‘An Important Step Forward’, ‘A Good Start’ And A ‘Credible Blueprint.’” (Alexander Bolton, “President's Budget Sinks, 97-0,” The Hill5/25/11)

But There's Another Unresolved Question After Yesterday's Votes: Where Do Democrats, With Their Party In Control Of The White House And Senate, Stand On The Budget.” (Jonathan Allen, Politico's "Huddle", 5/26/11)

Obama’s FY2012 Budget “Punted On Entitlement Reform.” “Obama punted on entitlement reform when he introduced this budget in February and Republicans have criticized the President for failing to combat the deficit crisis.” (Jay Newton-Small, “Obama & Ryan Budgets Fail In The Senate,” Time’s “Swampland” 5/25/11)

  • And Obama’s Budget Has Not Been Updated Since His “Speech” Calling For More Cuts. “Last month, Obama gave a speech calling for $4 trillion in deficit reduction over the next 12 years, but his budget was not updated to reflect the new numbers.” (Jay Newton-Small, “Obama & Ryan Budgets Fail In The Senate,” Time’s “Swampland” 5/25/11)

Senate Democrats Say They Would Have Voted For 
Obama’s New Budget—Except It Doesn’t Exist

Democrats Argue Obama’s Budget Has Been “Superceded” By His April Speech. “No senators voted for the Obama budget; it failed 0 to 97. Democrats argue that the budget proposed by Obama in February of this year has already been superceded by new plans from the White House and is therefore outdated …”(Carrie Dann And Libby Leist, “Senate Rejects Ryan Budget,” MSNBC’s “First Read”, 5/25/11)

But Obama’s Budget Has Not Been Updated Since His “Speech” Calling For More Cuts. “Last month, Obama gave a speech calling for $4 trillion in deficit reduction over the next 12 years, but his budget was not updated to reflect the new numbers.” (Jay Newton-Small, “Obama & Ryan Budgets Fail In The Senate,” Time’s “Swampland” 5/25/11)

 “The White House Hasn’t Posted A Plan, And The President Called For Creating Another Group, Led By Vice President Biden And Congressional Leaders, To Come Up With Legislation.”(Mark Murray And Domenico Montanaro, “Obama’s First 2012 Campaign Speech,” MSNBC's "First Read", 4/13/11)

SENATE DEMOCRATS ARE “A.W.O.L.” WHEN IT COMES TO PASSING A BUDGET, NOW 757 DAYS SINCE THE LAST TIME THEY MET THEIR “CORE RESPONSIBILITY”

The Wall Street Journal: “When It Comes To Their Core Responsibility Under The Law Of Passing A Budget Resolution, They Are A.W.O.L.” (Editorial, “Cool Hand Harry,” The Wall Street Journal, 5/26/11)

  • WSJ: “Budget Chairman Kent Conrad Can't Get A Bill Through His Own Committee, Much Less Onto The Senate Floor.” (Editorial, “Cool Hand Harry,” The Wall Street Journal, 5/26/11)

Democrats “Are Not Proposing Major, New Ideas Of Their Own.” “The Democrats, however, are continuing to bash Ryan’s approach and are not proposing major, new ideas of their own. Policy experts said most of the ideas being circulated by the party — including government-negotiated prices for medicine that older Americans buy — reprise long-held views that Republicans oppose.” (Paul Kane, Amy Goldstein and Peter Wallsten, “Senate Republicans Stand By Plan To Overhaul Medicare,” The Washington Post, 5/25/11)

“The Senate's Answer To Not Having A Budget: Vote No On Every Other Plan.” “They were unable to produce one last year, when they held both chambers of Congress and it's not clear that any of their divisions over spending and taxing have been bridged. The Senate's answer to not having a budget: Vote no on every other plan.” (Jonathan Allen, Politico's "Huddle", 5/26/11)


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