January 26th, 2010
12:30 PM ET
8 years ago

Senate rejects measure to establish fiscal commission

Washington (CNN) - The Senate rejected a measure Tuesday that would have established a deficit-reduction commission empowered to come up with proposals to cut the federal government's growing budget shortfalls.

President Barack Obama had backed the proposal.

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Filed under: national debt • Senate
soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. all the news that's fit to omit

    Let's spend more than all other Presidents combined and THEN have a commision to figure out where we are overspending and FINALLY include Republicans in something so that way we can blame them as well for taxes going up to pay for my overspending....

    After getting my head handed to me in Ma, Nj and Va, I will look at the internal polling and start coming up with talking points (fight, uh, uh, uh fight, fight) and propose minute tax breaks for ONLY people with children.

    Need to appear to be a populist as that is what the polls want me to be.

    It isn't about policies with the coward in chief, all about POLITICS and POWER.

    See you in November Barry, i'll bring the cheese, it goes good with your whine.

    January 26, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  2. Willy Brown

    What! No more CZARS for Barry?

    January 26, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  3. Darko

    The fact that it wouldn't start until NOVEMBER have anything to do with this?

    Smoke screen! What good is this commission if the president planned to sign Healthscare, cap n tax and stimulus #9485 into the books before this commission could even start?

    Typical Populist Dog and Pony show... move along please.

    January 26, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  4. CW

    Are we supposed to be surprised?...the Senate doesn't want some independent commission going after the pork. That's bad for business.

    January 26, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    Well of course they did. They do not choose to behave responsibly!

    January 26, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  6. Necie

    It would appear that our Senators are more concerned with re-election that they are helping the citizens they were put there to serve. Why is that? You'd think Republicans would support an effort to reduce the budget.

    January 26, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  7. Ben in Texas

    It's pretty clear from this vote that Repugnants don't want to reduce the deficit. They want to reduce the effectiveness of President Obama. They want the issue of budget deficits to stay alive, despite the negative effects on the country. They are all about party and regaining power, and not about good government.

    Yet, they are all on their high horses now about the budget deficit, as if that problem began on Jan. 20, 2009. Senate Repugnants are traitors.

    January 26, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  8. Steph

    This is what happens to proposals for a bi-partisan approach to solving our problems. The President supported it. Here are the vote total: 37 Democrats and 16 Republicans supported the commission. 23 Republicans and 23 Democrats opposed it. I say those 37 Democrats and 16 Republicans get to keep their jobs....the other ones get the boot!

    January 26, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  9. David

    Of course they did – they want to continue to spend money we don't have.

    January 26, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  10. Freeman

    The US Senate is against even brainstorming on deficit reduction. Anyone surprised?
    Not after the Trillions they've hemorrhaged in the past year.

    January 26, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  11. Selma Crandall

    I agree with this denial of Obama's plan to set up a separate bunch of cronies to make recommendations on the economy. That's what the Congress of the US is mandated to do in the Constitution. Obama is continuing to try to tweak the Constitution. Get smart, America, and throw him out now!

    January 26, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  12. Cincinnatian

    why did they reject it? CNN – give us more info...

    January 26, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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