Senate Budget Votes - As Expected, None Pass
The US Senate completed their votes on five budget resolutions last night. All five budgets failed, even though they needed just 51 votes to pass. Here are the details:
* Just like last year in the Senate and earlier this year in the House, President Obama’s budget (S.Con.Res. 41) was unanimously rejected by a vote of 0-99.
* Despite AFP’s key vote in support, both the House-passed Ryan budget (H.Con.Res. 112) and Senator Pat Toomey’s “Restoring Balance” budget failed. The votes were 41-58 for Ryan and 42-57 for Toomey.
* Two additional conservative budgets failed by a larger margin. Senator Rand Paul’s “Revitalizing America” budget (S.Con.Res. 42) failed by a vote of 16-83. Senator Mike Lee’s budget that mirrored a Heritage Foundation plan (S.Con.Res. 44) failed by a vote of 17-82.
Another important note: all 53 Democrats in the Senate and a handful of moderate Republicans (Brown, Collins, Heller, and Snowe) opted not to vote for a single budget plan this year. Looks like we will see at least another year go before the Senate follows through on its legal obligation to pass a budget.