Overwhelming Rejection of Obama Budget a ‘Gimmick,’ White House Says
(Update: The Senate defeated Obama's budget proposal 99-0 after this story was posted.)
(CNSNews.com) – As President Barack Obama’s budget was poised to fail overwhelmingly in the Senate for the second year, the White House dismissed the vote entirely as a gimmick.
Already, Obama’s $3.6 trillion tax and spending plan for fiscal year 2013 was defeated in the House by a vote of 414-0 on March 28. Last year, the Senate defeated Obama’s fiscal year 2012 plan by a vote of 97-0.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has refused to allow a budget vote in the Senate, while the House approved a GOP budget, spearheaded by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) that passed the House mostly along party lines.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney seemed prepared for another bipartisan vote against the president’s vote, even as he repeatedly praised Obama’s plan as a “balanced approach.”
“We would prefer that the Senate and Congress overall function efficiently,” Carney said. “As you know, the vote that you referred to was yet another gimmick, and that’s why the tally will come out the way it does.
“It represents a decision by Republicans to instead of acknowledging that the only solution here is a bipartisan solution, you know, just sort of waste time with gimmicks,” Carney continued. “There is an avenue here as I’ve been discussing, and I’ll stop waxing on about it, but the approach we need to take is clear to everyone except apparently for a significant portion of Republican members of Congress.”
Senate Republicans are bringing four budget proposals to the floor for a vote that includes Obama’s budget plan.
“We’ve got a nearly $16 trillion debt. We’re borrowing more than 40 cents of every dollar we spend. Entitlements are going broke. Millions are out of work, and Democrats can’t even put a plan on paper for a vote?” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said during a floor speech Wednesday. “What are they doing over there? Isn’t anybody over there embarrassed by the fact that they haven’t offered a budget in three years?”
“As far as I can tell, their only plan is to take shots at our plans and hope nobody notices they not only don’t have one of their own,” McConnell continued. “They’re so unserious they won’t even vote for a budget that was written by a president of their own party. It doesn’t get more irresponsible than that.”
The Obama administration projects their budget plan would save $4 trillion by 2022. However, the budget proposal for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, projects a $1.33 trillion deficit, marking a fourth consecutive year of trillion-dollar deficits.
The president’s plan projects that the deficit would drop to $901 billion in 2013 and to $575 billion by 2018. It would raise taxes on households earning more than $250,000 and individuals earning $200,000 by letting some of the Bush tax cuts expire. It also proposes to raise $41 billion over 10 years by hiking taxes on oil, gas and coal companies.