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The Party of No

9:01 AM, May 26, 2011 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
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Yesterday, the budget proposed by the House of Representatives was put up for a vote in the Senate. Every Democratic senator (save one, who was absent) voted no. Subsequently, a budget proposed by Senator Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) was put up for a vote.  Every Democratic senator voted no. Then a budget proposed by Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky.) was put up for a vote. Every Democratic senator voted no.

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In between, the budget proposed by President Obama was put up for a vote. This, presumably, was the budget that Democratic senators would embrace: the budget of their own party’s sitting president. Instead, every Democratic senator voted no. 

In addition, one would have expected the Senate majority to have proposed a budget of its own by this time. But the Democratic majority decided, no; there’s no need. Last year, the Senate Democrats decided the same thing.

So, in all, Democratic senators have had five chances to embrace a budget. They have unanimously rejected four proposals and have failed to produce a fifth. 

House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan’s budget, the first budget that the Democratic senators rejected, passed the House by a margin of 42 votes. Of the 189 Democratic representatives who voted on that budget, 189 voted no.

As for President Obama, in an April 13th speech he essentially voted no on his own budget proposal. But he has proposed no other budget to replace it. 

From the White House, to the Democratic majority in the Senate, to the Democratic minority in the House, it’s hard to imagine a purer example of a party of no.

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