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Bridget Johnson


March 23, 2013 - 8:31 am

Senate Democrats finally passed a budget in the wee hours this morning — but not without a few defectors.

The vote on Sen. Patty Murray’s (D-Wash.) budget plan was 50-49, with Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) not voting.

No Republicans voted for it. Voting against the budget were Democratic Sens. Max Baucus (Mont.), Mark Begich (Alaska), Mark Pryor (Ark.), and Kay Hagan (N.C.).

“While I am happy that Congress is finally talking seriously about our fiscal crisis, this budget didn’t go far enough,” said Begich. “Alaskans expect us  to finish the job and make this staggering deficit manageable. Passing this problem off to our children is not an option. We got ourselves into this mess and have a responsibility to get ourselves out.  We can either make the tough choices now or face an even tougher road ahead.”

“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. “Instead of one-party solutions, we should work together to find a balanced approach that will benefit our economy, seniors, and middle class families.”

Maine Independent Angus King is proving himself to be a reliable vote for the Democrats, once against voting with the caucus.

Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) budget failed 18-81 as an amendment, with support telling coming from Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), as well as Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Jerry Moran (R-Kansas), David Vitter (R-La.), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.).

Cornyn’s amendment to withhold pay to Office of Management and Budget officials each day the president’s budget is late passed by unanimous consent.

“It’s hard to understand how—after 4 years of doing nothing—Senate Democrats are finally offering a budget and the president is still lagging behind them,” Cornyn said. “The president’s budget is now 46 days late, leaving the American people on a path of out of control spending.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Are democratic defections real? Are they palpable? And what does this portend for His Majesties Second Term agenda(s)?
A snippet from Breitbart
The past few weeks have witnessed stunning policy reversals for a President who was so recently reelected. At this point post-reelection, President's usually have a great deal of political capital to spend on their priorities.
The side-lining of the President on domestic issues occurs in the run-up to the second term mid-terms. Obama seems to be taking his place on the domestic policy bench much sooner than past Presidents.
Examples are:
1)Guns and gun control agenda,
2) House and Senate both acted on their Budgets without the President's input,
3)Obamacare medical devices sur tax repealed, and
4)Keystone Pipeline, 17 democratic Senator defections with their Republican counterparts approved moving ahead.
Has His Majesty seen His Courts better days? Be careful! A wounded beast is dangerous enough, great care and vigilance is necessary. Progressive New Left activists are a crafty bunch. Pray. Amen.Tea Partiers and Teavangelicals unite...2014 is a true test.
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Frank The Lout Lautenberg showed his "courage" by not voting. I think it was because it didn't contain a huge grant for psychiatric treatment for New Jersians who voted for him.
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They passed a budget with $1T more in taxes and $2T more in spending.

And it only took them 5 years. Yippee!
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