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Obama Budget Unanimously Defeated In Senate


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.

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Lugar Loses Primary


Looks like Dick Lugar won’t be a Senator much longer:

Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock defeated Sen. Dick Lugar in Tuesday’s Republican primary in Indiana, ending the career of the longest-serving Republican senator and putting the seat in play for Democrats in the fall.

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Senate Democrats’ “Trap” For Romney Likely To Trap Democrats


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.

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Democrat Senator May Not Vote For Obama


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.

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Harry Reid: Seniors Love Junk Mail


I kid you not:

“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.”

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Senate Democrats Scared Of Energy Bills


The Hill:

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.

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Senators to Pentagon: No Troop Cuts Till 2013 Budget


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.

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Democratic Senators Up For Re-Election Might Vote To Repeal Death Panel


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.

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Reid Refusing To Pass Bill Obama Said He Wanted Passed Now


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.

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Senate Democrats Reject Continuing Resolution That Funds Disaster Relief


Who’s “The Party Of No” now?

The Senate on Friday rejected the GOP-led House’s bill to avert a government shutdown, intensifying a partisan standoff that many in Congress hoped to avoid. The vote was 59-36.

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GOP Picks For Super Committee Look Strong


And all 6 of the GOP super commissioners have been named:

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.

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Kerry, Baucus, and Murray Named To Super Committee


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.

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More On The Constutitionality Of The Super-Commission


Two legal eagles have commented on the constitutionality of the “super-commission” created by the debt deal, and have voted in the affirmative.

First, at Just Enrichment, Amanda Rice tackles an accusation that was made here on an earlier thread:

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 . . . .”

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WI Senator Johnson Introduces Regulation Moratorium Bill


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.

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The Debt Deal Could Lead To Big Cuts In ObamaCare


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.

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Ron Paul Is Wrong On The “Super Committee”


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.”

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Has Obama Become Irrelevant In Debt Limit Debate?


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.

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Did Obama Turn Down A Bipartisan Plan To Raise Debt Ceiling?


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.”

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Not A Completely Novel Idea But One Worth Returning To


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.

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Senate Defeats Cut, Cap, and Balance


Speaking of being profoundly un-serious on spending, today the Senate defeated the House’s Cut, Cap, and Balance bill on a straight party-line vote of 51-46 with 3 not voting.

However, one Senator isn’t giving up just yet:

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