So, President Obama’s FY2016 budget suffered a major defeat (again) on Tuesday night, when the Senate voted against it 98-1. This would not be the first time Obama’s budgets have been readily rejected.
Already, Republicans and Democrats had their own interpretation of what that vote meant.
“Democrats objected, saying the plan wasn’t really Mr. Obama’s, but Republicans said it had all the same numbers as the president’s blueprint, and so the vote counts as a rejection of his fiscal year 2016 plan.
“This is the president’s proposed budget,” said Sen. John Cornyn, the Texas Republican who forced the vote by offering the amendment, complete with the tax hikes, spending increases and deficit targets Mr. Obama had projected in the document he sent to Congress last month….
Sen. Bernard Sanders, Vermont independent and Democrats’ point man on the budget, said the plan Mr. Cornyn offered didn’t include a minimum wage increase or some of Mr. Obama’s other policy prescriptions, so it wasn’t a legitimate representation of his budget. ‘It is not what President Obama presented to the American people,’ Mr. Sanders said.”
Remember, this was the budget that Obama pushed forth touting “middle class economics”, both on paper and during his State of the Union. This was the $4 Trillion budget, with $2 Trillion in tax hikes over the next decade. This was the budget that used fuzzy math to boast a higher deficit reduction than it could actually deliver.
The budget rejection was reminiscent of most of the past budgets that Obama has offered. His FY2013 budget was defeated 0-99 in the Senate and 0-414 in the House; in FY2012 it was 97-0. No one wants to put their names to it.
Obama submitted his FY2014 budget late by two months, in April of this year. By that time, the House had already created and voted on a budget, as did the Senate (first time for the Senate in a few years). Incidentially, Obama’s budgets were late 4 out of 5 budget cycles through FY2014, (breaking the law, mind you), with 2010 being the only year he submitted it on time.
At least we can say that opposition to Obama’s budgets through the years have been both bicameral and bipartisan. Yes, we can!