Senate Republicans to force vote on Obama's budget
April 28th, 2011
05:46 PM ET
3 years ago

Senate Republicans to force vote on Obama's budget

Washington (CNN) – A day after Senate Democrats announced they would force a vote on an House-passed Republican budget for next year that makes dramatic changes to Medicare - in order to test if Senate Republicans really support it - Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell said he would force a vote on President Obama's competing budget proposal to see if Democrats actually back the president's plan.

Republicans Thursday said they think an embarrassingly high number of Democrats won't.

"We'll give our colleagues an opportunity to stand with the President in failing to address the problems facing our nation while calling for trillions in new spending, massive new debt, and higher taxes on American energy, families and small businesses across the country," McConnell said in a statement.

"This is little more than a stunt to distract from the fact the Senate Republicans will soon have to put on the record whether they support the House Republican plan to kill Medicare as know it," said Jon Summers, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. "They're afraid of this vote and, given how they are getting an earful in their districts, it's easy to understand why."

The back and forth over the competing budget proposals comes as lawmakers and the White House maneuver to try to reach a broad deal in the coming weeks that would raise the nation's debt limit, put in place reforms to eventually lower the debt, and fund the government next year.

Reid said Wednesday he would schedule a vote on the House budget sometime shortly after Congress returns from spring recess next week, but he has not set a date.


Filed under: Budget • Harry Reid • Mitch McConnell • President Obama • Republican • Senate
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Texas Doc

    He should instead be worried about 'responsible' Republicans who might vote against Ryan's plan to exterminate the middle class. Either way the TeaOP has some serious problems to contend with that the Democrats don't have, mainly their teahadist base (the gift that keeps on giving).

    April 28, 2011 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  2. Dan

    Playing politics – playing with the future of our Country – playing in front of the camera. And nothing gets done. Again and again and again. Just play.. play..play...THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF THIS CRAP! GET TO WORK – AT LEAST YOU HAVE JOBS!

    April 28, 2011 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  3. Republican Robber Baron

    Go for it. Funny how Mitch spins it around and calls it a vote on "Obama" budget...rather that talk about their own Ryan plan budget proposed by his own party. Yet again Ron Paul is the only Republican honest enough to admit that the ultimate agenda is to completely eliminate Medicare, Medicare and even Social Security. That is the Republican "Blue Print"...don't let Mitch and friends bait and switch.

    April 28, 2011 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  4. Ron

    No need to force a vote on the President's plan. The American people support it. So, just vote for it. (Everyone knows republicans are searching for a way to get rid of the "Ryan Plan". What better way than to suffer the little embarrassment of having republican senators vote for the President's plan and it win passage in the senate. Then, they can bail out the house by having them re-vote or "work" the Ryan plan to come closer to that of the President.) Come on man!!! Only folks who've been sipping the tea will buy your argument.

    April 28, 2011 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  5. daystar

    why don't all you guys take off the jackets and ties and come on down to alabama and do some good for the first time in your life. it is called helping your brothers and sisters. this game your playing shows the country and the world your just hypocrites.

    April 28, 2011 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  6. Constitution believer

    McConnell: Sure! Do it! I'd vote for Obama's plan; why not? It's reasoned, balanced, moderate and pragmatic. It's not EXACTLY what I'd propose line-by-line, but I think balanced and pragmatic (with emphasis on long-term solutions, including some continued investments *necessary* to the long-term growth of our economy) is exactly what both sides of the aisle should be able to vote for.

    April 28, 2011 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  7. marty

    Mr. McConnell, nothing that you say matters unless it has to do with creating jobs....JOBS....as promised during the Bush administration when you passed the Bush tax cuts. PUT UP OR SHUT UP!

    April 28, 2011 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  8. Go Ahead McConnell . . .

    Make the issue Obama's Budget versus the Republic's Budget.
    Saving Medicare versus handling our elderly over to the for-profit insurance industry.

    Who do you support, America? Mitch wants to know. Give him the message in 2012.

    Reelect our President.

    April 28, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  9. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans praised Paul Ryan's budget and now they are running from it because they are being slaughtered in town hall meetings. The rooster has come home to roost for the "New Republican Congress" also known as "The Party of NO".

    April 28, 2011 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  10. Johnson

    I have come to the realization that republicans are very dangerous people

    April 28, 2011 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  11. Four and The Door

    With this continued insistence on Tax and Spend by Obama, he is bound to lose what little support he still has from Democratic Senators who have their own careers to think of. The American people have spoken and for whatever reason, Obama does not hear them.

    April 28, 2011 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  12. Patrick from Minnesota

    Mitch McConnel represents everything that is wrong with Washington politics. He's a hypocrite, he abuses the facts and information, he only takes part in what will benefit him directly, the list goes on. Thank God he is in the minority.

    April 28, 2011 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |