Do we hear yet another "thud?" In 2011, when Democrats in the Senate forced a vote on President Barack Hussein Obama's 2012 budget, it was defeated 97-0. Earlier this week, on March 28, in a rare show of bipartisanship, Obama's $3.6 trillion proposed 2013 budget was defeated 414-0 in the House of Representatives. Try as they may, this rejection is going to be very difficult for the White House and the Democrats to spin positively.
Eschewing curtailing government growth, Obama unveiled a record $3.8 trillion election year budget plan on March 26, calling for stimulus-style spending on roads and schools, and tax hikes on the wealthy to help pay the costs. The vote came as the House worked its way through its own fiscal year 2013 budget proposal, written by Budget Committee Chairman Paul D. Ryan (R-WI). Republicans wrote an amendment into that bill that contained Obama's budget proposal and offered it on the floor, daring Democrats to back the plan, which calls for major tax increases and yet still adds trillions of dollars to the deficit over the next decade But not even one Democrat accepted the dare.
Obama and the White House brushed off the resounding defeat as a "gimmick," saying that a vote in the House on an amendment based on Obama's 2013 budget is a "gimmick." The comments appear designed to head off any embarrassment from a strong vote against the amendment that Obama knew was coming. White House spokeswoman Amy Brundage said, "But let's be very clear: A vote on Congressman Mulvaney's resolution is not a vote on the president's budget. This is just a gimmick the Republicans are putting forward to distract from what the Ryan budget does: protects massive tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires while making the middle class and seniors pay." But Brundage failed to explain how Mulvaney's amendment, which included Obama's budget in full, is/was not a resolution on Obama's proposed budget.