Well, it’s been a long time coming. A lot of things have changed in the four years since the Senate last passed a budget. With a razor thin margin, Harry Reid rammed through the Senate Democrat’s budget containing over $1 trillion in tax hikes.
from the Hill:
The close vote was a big victory for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-Wash.), who had to overcome large differences within their caucus to push the resolution through.
Centrist Sens. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and Max Baucus (D-Mont.) were all non-committal up until the end.
Baucus, Begich, Hagan and Pryor joined the entire GOP caucus in voting against the budget resolution. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), who was ill, missed the vote. His office said he would have been available to vote if needed.
All the Democratic senators who voted “no” are up for reelection in 2014 in states that voted for GOP nominee Mitt Romney.
The budget does not come even close to balancing, of course and is almost certainly doomed in the House (as it should be).
Congratulations Democrats, four years later, you actually showed up to work and did your job!