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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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