Will Senate Democrats Support ANY Budget?

Yesterday, four different budget proposals – Congressman Paul Ryan’s budget, President Obama’s budget, Senator Pat Toomey’s budget, and Senator Rand Paul’s budget – all failed in the Senate.

Every single Democrat Senator (and 3 Senate Republicans) voted against every budget plan. They have offered no budget plans of their own. Harry Reid (D-NV) even said that it would be “foolish” for Democrats to propose a budget. America is in real trouble, and Senate Democrats refuse any budget put in front of them and also refuse to put forth any plan of their own. That’s not leadership, it’s despicable.

The House deserves a little more credit. Only 21 of the 178 Democrats voted against all five budgets that have been voted on. Three House Republicans also voted against every budget. Budgets from the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Progressive Caucus, the Republican Study Committee, the Democratic Substitute were all voted down. Of course, Paul Ryan’s House budget was adopted on a near party line vote. So 21 Democrats voted against 3 Democratic proposals. Is there any budget these Representatives will vote for?

Now what? It’s obvious that conservatives will have to be the ones to plan the budget, since Democrats don’t even want to try, and for good reason. During the Peterson Foundation’s Solutions Initiative yesterday, two liberal think tanks proposed their budget plans.

Their plans for balancing the budget long-term included bringing the tax burden for American’s far higher than ever before. By 2035, these liberal think tanks want government revenue to be between 23 and 24% of GDP. The highest it has ever been in our country was 21%. So their plan to “reduce” our deficit is massive tax hikes and ridiculous cuts to defense. That’s it. Oh, and of course huge spending – er, “investing” – increases as well.

“The deficit will be addressed mostly through revenue growth,” a Democrat insider said.  “That has always been the way the deficit has been reduced, and it always will be.”

The Democrats won’t propose a plan because then America will see just how realistic and honest the Ryan budget plan is. Americans will see that the left believes we can solve all our problems with higher taxes, much higher spending, and a reduced military. It’s laughable, and scary.

The Democrat Senators who voted against all the budgets:

Akaka (D-HI )
Baucus, M. (D-MT )
Begich (D-AK )
Bennet (D-CO )
Bingaman (D-NM )
Blumenthal (D-CT )
Boxer (D-CA )
Brown, Sherrod (D-OH )
Cantwell (D-WA )
Cardin (D-MD )
Carper (D-DE )
Casey (D-PA )
Conrad (D-ND )
Coons (D-DE )
Durbin (D-IL )
Feinstein (D-CA )
Franken (D-MN )
Gillibrand (D-NY )
Hagan (D-NC )
Harkin (D-IA )
Inouye (D-HI )
Johnson, Tim (D-SD )
Kerry (D-MA )
Klobuchar (D-MN )
Kohl (D-WI )
Landrieu, M. (D-LA )
Lautenberg (D-NJ )
Leahy (D-VT )
Levin, C. (D-MI )
Lieberman (I-CT )
Manchin (D-WV )
McCaskill (D-MO )
Menendez (D-NJ )
Merkley (D-OR )
Mikulski (D-MD )
Murray (D-WA )
Nelson, Ben (D-NE )
Nelson, Bill (D-FL )
Pryor (D-AR )
Reed, J. (D-RI )
Reid, H. (D-NV )
Rockefeller (D-WV )
Sanders (I-VT )
Shaheen (D-NH )
Stabenow (D-MI )
Tester (D-MT )
Udall, Mark (D-CO )
Udall, T. (D-NM )
Warner (D-VA )
Webb (D-VA )
Whitehouse (D-RI )
Wyden (D-OR )

The Republican Senators who voted against all the budgets:

Brown, Scott (R-MA )
Collins (R-ME )
Snowe (R-ME )

Senators Hutchison (R-TX), Roberts (R-KS) and Schumer (D-NY) all missed the votes.

House Democrats who voted against all the budgets:

Altmire (D-PA )
Barrow (D-GA )
Boren (D-OK )
Cardoza (D-CA )
Carney (D-DE )
Chandler (D-KY )
Cooper (D-TN )
Costa (D-CA )
Cuellar (D-TX )
DeFazio (D-OR )
Donnelly (D-IN )
Green, G. (D-TX )
Kind (D-WI )
Kissell (D-NC )
Matheson (D-UT )
McIntyre (D-NC )
Peters (D-MI )
Ross, M. (D-AR )
Schrader (D-OR )
Shuler (D-NC )
Visclosky (D-IN )

House Republicans who voted against all the budgets:

Jones (R-NC )
McKinley (R-WV )
Rehberg (R-MT )

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