Pitiful: Only 18 Senators voted for Rand Paul’s budget that would have balanced in 5 years

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This morning the Senate passed Harry Reid’s $1-Trillion-dollar-tax-hiking budget boondoggle on a razor thin 50-49 margin.  The Senate Democrat’s budget contained no deficit reduction and would never balance

There was an alternative, however, but sadly, only 18 Senators voted for it.  Rand Paul’s “A Clear Vision to Revitalize America" was offered as an amendment and was overwhelmingly defeated. 

Here’s the list of 18 patriots who voted for Paul’s budget:

  • Barrasso (R-WY)
  • Coburn (R-OK)
  • Cornyn (R-TX)
  • Crapo (R-ID)
  • Cruz (R-TX)
  • Enzi (R-WY)
  • Flake (R-AZ)
  • Inhofe (R-OK)
  • Johnson (R-WI)
  • Lee (R-UT)
  • McConnell (R-KY)
  • Moran (R-KS)
  • Paul (R-KY)
  • Risch (R-ID)
  • Scott (R-SC)
  • Sessions (R-AL)
  • Shelby (R-AL)
  • Vitter (R-LA)

There are a few notable conservatives missing from this list:  Marco Rubio and Pat Toomey are particularly disappointing to me.  Both Rubio and Toomney did vote yesterday on a budget that would balance in 10 years (essentially Paul Ryan’s budget), but neither has made any public statement as to why they voted against Paul’s amendment. Paul, on the other hand voted against the Ryan budget along with Ted Cruz.

Yesterday, there were a lot of amendments offered to the Senate Budget, including one by Ted Cruz to repeal Obamacare which was defeated. I recognize that there’s a lot of jockeying for position going on in the Senate ranks and that not every Amendment can get full support from the Republican caucus.  

My point here is not necessarily to condemn Rubio or Toomey.  However, it is very disappointing to me when conservatives don’t lend their voice their team mates. 

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