Back in March, this budget didn’t even get a single vote in the House, now it’s had the same result in the Senate — which is controlled by Democrats!
A budget resolution based on President Obama’s 2013 budget failed to get any votes in the Senate on Wednesday.
In a 99-0 vote, all of the senators present rejected the president’s blueprint.
It’s the second year in a row the Senate has voted down Obama’s budget.
This “trap” looks like it’ll work about as well as the Hooded Claw’s endless traps to catch Penelope Pitstop:
Senate Democrats are planning a new ploy to put Mitt Romney and Republicans on the defensive with female voters.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will bring to the floor in coming weeks legislation to protect women from retaliation by employers if they inquire about salaries paid to male colleagues
Republicans voted in unison to block the bill, the Paycheck Fairness Act, when it came to the floor in November of 2010.
Color me highly skeptical, but I’ll offer it for what it’s worth:
Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia says he’s unsure whether he’ll vote for President Barack Obama or likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
In a statement Friday, Manchin said he has real differences with both Obama and Romney. He also said many West Virginians believe the last 3 ½ years have not been good.
“And when talking about seniors, seniors love getting junk mail. It’s sometimes their only way of communicating or feeling like they’re part of the real world,” Reid continued. “Elderly Americans, more than anyone in America, rely on the United States Postal Service, but unless we act quickly, thousands of post offices … will close. I’ve said this earlier today; I repeat it.”
Some Senate Democrats doubt their leaders will put energy legislation on the Senate floor again before the election for fear it could turn into a messy battle that could hurt incumbents.
Legislation to repeal tax breaks and royalty relief for oil and gas companies that failed to get cloture Thursday could be the last energy bill to reach the floor before the election, even though the price of gas is becoming a hot political issue as it remains just short of $4 per gallon for regular.
Senators of both parties from the Senate Armed Services Committee are telling the Department of Defense not to cut troops just yet:
Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and ranking member John McCain (R-Ariz.) wrote a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta Monday urging the Pentagon not to reduce forces until the congressional committees have authorized the 2013 Defense budget.
Elections have consequences, as several people have said. And sometimes those consequences come before the election, as politicians scramble to protect themselves from the wrath of the voters.
The House is expected to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board next week, putting pressure on the Senate to follow suit. While the bill has broad bipartisan support in the House, no Senate Democrats have so far signed onto repeal legislation despite coming under increasing pressure to do so.
The key phrase there is “so far.” They’re being pressured by the upcoming elections.
Remember that jobs bill that Obama stood in front of Congress and demanded that they pass right away? Harry Reid seems to have forgotten:
President Obama still is pressing Congress to pass his jobs stimulus bill immediately, but his own party leaders in the Senate, where Democrats have a majority, have pushed that vote off yet again.
House Speaker John Boehner said he’s tapped House Republican Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, to serve as co-chair of the committee. He’s also appointing House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., to the committee, as well as House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich.
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said he’s appointing Sens. Jon Kyl, Ariz., Pat Toomey, Pa., and Rob Portman, Ohio.
National Journal (emphasis in original):
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., will appoint Democratic Sens. Patty Murray of Washington, Max Baucus of Montana, and John Kerry of Massachusetts to the new super committee tasked with finding $1.2 trillion in additional deficit reduction by November 23, according to a senior Democratic aide familiar with Reid’s decision, which is expected to be made public as early as Wednesday.
Two legal eagles have commented on the constitutionality of the “super-commission” created by the debt deal, and have voted in the affirmative.
2) Article I, Section 7: “All bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives.” 3) Article I, Section 8: “The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States . . . .”
Now there’s a Senator with a good idea:
Today Senator Ron Johnson (WI) introduced S. 1438, the Regulation Moratorium and Job Preservation Act. The bill calls for a moratorium on burdensome federal regulations until the national unemployment rate falls to 7.7 percent – below where it was when President Obama was sworn into office.
Looks like Boehner and the GOP snuck a provision past the Democrats that they probably wish they’d caught:
The debt ceiling agreement could jeopardize millions of dollars, and perhaps billions, in initiatives from President Barack Obama’s health care reform law if the super committee can’t come up with required spending cuts.
Here we go again, with the always-entertaining Ron Paul opening his mouth and spewing nonsense:
The 76-year-old retired OB-GYN, who is seeking the GOP presidential nomination again, said he was appalled at the ad hoc 12-member bipartisan committee devised to find further federal spending cuts before Thanksgiving, what he calls “this super Congress.”
Jason Riley of the WSJ seems to think he has:
What very well might happen, however, is a deal between the House and the Senate that does not involve the president. After negotiations between the White House and Republican lawmakers broke down on Friday, Mr. Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid began working directly with one another to end the protracted stalemate. A proposal put forward by Mr. Boehner would lift the debt ceiling in two stages and reduce the deficit by $3 trillion over 10 years. Mr. Reid’s plan would couple a debt-limit hike with $2.7 trillion in spending cuts over a decade. Neither plan calls for tax hikes, which might indicate that Mr. Obama’s fellow Democrats also think that he’s misreading the polls.
If this story is true, Obama just made a huge blunder… not his first, alas, and almost certainly not his last, but possibly one of the worst.
A Republican aide e-mails me: “The Speaker, Sen. Reid and Sen. McConnell all agreed on the general framework of a two-part plan. A short-term increase (with cuts greater than the increase), combined with a committee to find long-term savings before the rest of the increase would be considered. Sen. Reid took the bipartisan plan to the White House and the President said no.”
I received the below via email today and, as yet, have not checked the veracity of the claims on amendment passage and such. I’ve also removed the “pass it on” part simply because this is a blog, not an email. If you find merit in the ideas then feel free to “pass it on” as you wish. I have a quibble with the name of the “Act” and the use of the constitutional amendment process. I believe the original author intended for the bullet points to be a Constitutional Amendment instead of an “Act of Congress”. As such, I ask for the reader to supply appropriate names for it.