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Democratic budget clears committee

March 27, 2009

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— Senate Democrats pushed a recession-era budget backed by the Obama administration through committee on Thursday after rejecting Republican attempts to cut spending and reduce mammoth deficits.

The 13-10 vote was along party lines in the Senate Budget Committee, and came as GOP critics sharpened their attacks on a plan that Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama derided as “the most irresponsible budget in the history of the Republic.”

The plan calls for spending of $3.5 trillion for the year that begins Oct. 1, and assumes a deficit of $1.2 trillion. It includes increases for hundreds of domestic programs and clears the way for major legislation later in the year on President Barack Obama’s priorities of health care, energy and education.

Despite their criticism, Senate Republicans have said they do not intend to propose an alternative to the Democrats’ budget, a decision that spares them the need to make politically difficult choices.

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feeble 5 years ago

Seriously, CBO did all the heavy lifting, all the House GOP needed to do was pull in some of the tables and charts from the CBO projections, and then recalculate with specific spending reductions, which then could have been elaborated on in accompanying text and budget analysis. The could have even kept the page count the same.

Look at the layout of the GOP document: 5 filler pages (front, back pages, 3 section pages), pages with 3 or 4 double spaced paragraphs with huge, nonsensical flowcharts, no tables, no data.

Clearly, the GOP lacks the political will to be an honest and effective opposition party.

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feeble 5 years ago

Staff04, didn't you see those eldritch runes and patterns in the Republican plan? Those are actually magical incantations and spells! Simply draw them on the ground in chalk and a 10% tax cut for the top most earners will appear!

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madameX 5 years ago

I would think they could get some political mileage out of an alternative budget proposal. True, it probably wouldn't go anywhere, but with that the case it couldn't possible have any negative effects and they'd be in a position to crow about how much better their plan was, but doggone it, it never got a fair shot.

As is, they just look like they couldn't think of anything better, which makes them look kinda dumb. Usually, if something is as awful as they're saying this budget is you can at least think of some alternative.

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staff04 5 years ago

Yep, and that wouldn't have shown any bias, right Solomon?

House Republicans released their "road to recovery" counterproposal to the budget. It doesn't have any numbers, strangely, but it promises to provide universal access to healthcare, lower taxes, and create jobs. Magically, I guess...

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LiberalDude 5 years ago

How is it an opinion that the Republicans refuse to submit an alternative budget plan??? This sounds like a fact to me. The Republicans just criticize and have no ideas of their own. Weak moves.

I support President Obama's budget proposal. We need to spend now to get out of this recession. There will be plenty of time for saving and reducing the budget once we get back on track.

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Eybea Opiner 5 years ago

Agree, Godot. The sentence could just as well have read, "Despite their criticism, Senate Republicans have said they do not intend to propose an alternative to the Democrats' budget, since that would be an act of futility given the Democrats' demonstrated unwillngness to include the Republicans or compromise with them."

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Pilgrim 5 years ago

This is great! Barry Joe spends much of the campaign whining about the deficits run up during the Bush administration, and now he's backing plans to double or even triple that.

Hey, looney left, confused much? How long before you figure out that you don't get out of debt by going deeper into debt?

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Godot 5 years ago

"Despite their criticism, Senate Republicans have said they do not intend to propose an alternative to the Democrats’ budget, a decision that spares them the need to make politically difficult choices."

This sentence is opinion. It reveals that the editor that allowed it is a willing propagandist.

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