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First Read - Senate rejects Ryan budget; vote puts GOP on the spot
In what was largely a symbolic vote on Capitol Hill this afternoon, five Republicans joined every single Democrat in the senate to vote against the House Republican budget 57-40.
Not surprisingly, Senators Brown, Murkowski, Snowe and Collins voted against their party's proposal because of the Medicare provisions, while Sen. Rand Paul, like his father in the House, voted against it because it did not cut enough from the budget.
In a related budget matter, the outdated Obama budget proposal from the winter was put up for a vote as well, failing 0-97, but since the President is working on an updated one, it was no surprise that this one failed, although it'll be interesting to see if any politician has the common sense in America to approve modest tax increases and corporate subsidy cuts anymore.
In another budget related matter, the House Republicans are about set to put up the military budget for a vote, a budget that includes an actual increase in pork spending and earmarks that the Pentagon itself put on the chopping block months ago.
Already running: Senate Votes on Ryan Plan and Obama Budget
Well, congratulations, President Barack Obama, Conspiracy theorists who generally can survive in anaerobic environments have just had an algae bloom dropped on their fucking heads, thus removing the last arrow in your pro-governance quiver: skepticism about your opponents. - Jon Stewart