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Obama's Budget Dissenters

April 2, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

Not surprisingly, the vote tonight over President Obama’s $3.6 trillion budget outline for FY 2010 (H. Con. Res. 85) was a deeply partisan affair. Not a single Republican voted in favor. Republicans have been very good this session of Congress with holding their party together in opposition to the Presidents’ most significant measures. The Democrats, on the other hand, always tend to lose some votes to the other side. On Obama’s budget, a full 20 Democrats votes with the Republicans against Obama’s budget:

Rep. John Barrow [D, GA-12]
Rep. Dan Boren [D, OK-2]
Rep. Bobby Bright [D, AL-2]
Rep. Travis Childers [D, MS-1]
Rep. Joe Donnelly [D, IN-2]
Rep. Bill Foster [D, IL-14]
Rep. Parker Griffith [D, AL-5]
Rep. Suzanne Kosmas [D, FL-24]
Rep. Frank Kratovil [D, MD-1]
Rep. Dennis Kucinich [D, OH-10]
Rep. Betsy Markey [D, CO-4]
Rep. James Marshall [D, GA-8]
Rep. Jim Matheson [D, UT-2]
Rep. Mike McIntyre [D, NC-7]
Rep. Walter Minnick [D, ID-1]
Rep. Harry Mitchell [D, AZ-5]
Rep. Glenn Nye [D, VA-2]
Rep. Thomas Perriello [D, VA-5]
Rep. Gene Taylor [D, MS-4]
Rep. Harry Teague [D, NM-2]

…Fourteen of them Blue Dogs.

Republicans today also had a chance to vote on their own, alternative budget plan. While they may be good at staying unified in their opposition, they are not so good as sticking together in support of their own proposals. Thirty-eight Republicans voted “no” on their own budget plan. In a surprising reversal of the usual trend (to me at least) not a single Democrats voted in favor of the Republican budget.

UPDATE: And on the Senate side, two Democrats voted against Obama’s budget blueprint:

Sen. Evan Bayh [D, IN]
Sen. Ben Nelson [D, NE]

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Comments

  • mattpileggi 04/03/2009 10:58am

    Why is it that when no republicans vote Yes and some Democrats vote No then it’s a partisan affair. But if enough Republicans were to vote in favor of an idea then it’s a partisan bill? No one seems to want to admit that the idea is bad, it’s always a partisan agenda.

    How about giving into the idea that it faced opposition because enough people feel it is irresponsible and don’t feel that it’s the correct answer to our current trouble? I, personally, am very tired of the concept of voting along party lines. Bills should be passed purely based on merit, which would also require that no one voted yes until they’ve had ample time to review every line of the proposal.

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