Senate's all-day budget debate dominated by politics
May 16th, 2012
08:06 PM ET
2 years ago

Senate's all-day budget debate dominated by politics

Washington (CNN) - It had all the appearances of a serious-minded debate: Republicans insisted the Senate spend all day Wednesday arguing which party had better budget proposals to fix the economy.

But the reality was none of the measures had enough votes to pass, and much of the exercise was an effort by both parties to score political points and embarrass the other side - another display of partisan maneuvering that polls show frustrates voters.

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  1. Sydnium S. Adolson

    Okaaay, blame it to the Independents!

    May 16, 2012 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  2. Ray E. (Georgia)

    The Senate Democrats Fiddle while Rome burns. Time for Obama to quit voitng Present and be a leader.

    May 16, 2012 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  3. gg

    why would republicans who receive social security,medicaid ,medicare,food stamps and benefit from other social programs vote for the party that wants to take it away–they must know some family members that use these programs all republicans can,t be rich.

    May 16, 2012 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  4. once upon a horse

    Congress approval rating at 11% and these morons STILL don't get it. Let's be honest they just don't care!

    May 16, 2012 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    And no mention from CNN about the elephant in the room: Three quarters of voters want a millionaire's tax. And once again the GOBP cult ignores the will of the people in order to serve their real masters: the corporate welfare queens and the predatory psychopaths lurking among the 1%. Behold your "liberal" media at work!

    May 16, 2012 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  6. Former Republican, now an Independent

    More evidence that the party of no should go! These republicans are all show and no help or cooperation whatsoever.

    May 16, 2012 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  7. maf

    Yep, expect this gridlock to happen until the election and then some!! We shall soon see AGAIN who is doing the obstructing and playing by their own rules. It should make President Obama's 2nd term a true reality!!

    May 16, 2012 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  8. Donkey Party

    Who knew that "Taliban" translated into English means "Republican"?

    May 16, 2012 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  9. Thomas

    How much did two wars cost, dose anybody know the exact amount ?

    Romney = GW Bush

    May 16, 2012 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  10. 2020

    Set a rule, for everyday the congress and senate does not pass bills that the president can sign into law, half of their pay cheque withheld until it is done. We have applied this rule to our kids, may be the congress need this discipline. For every bickering hour, dog their paycheque too.

    May 16, 2012 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  11. 2020

    Congress talk to death, no result.

    May 16, 2012 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  12. A True Centrist

    The Obama administration's proposed budget received not one vote in the House and now not one vote in the Senate. Finally, something Dems and Republicans can agree on....the administration has no idea what it's doing with the budget.

    Now that we have that settled, can we get a budget that makes sense passed through the House AND the Senate?

    May 16, 2012 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  13. Larry L

    Mitch McConnel and John "Boner" need to go home. America wants compromise and wisdom – not Tea Party lackies.

    May 17, 2012 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  14. enuff

    LET'S SEE... what is the definition of insanity... doing the same thing over and over and over and over, hoping to get a different result. none of this has even been officially brought up for committee and they are all ready threatening to do the same garbage. inconceivable...

    May 17, 2012 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  15. s

    time to vote the bums out, but of course we have Stupid in every state that will continue to vote for the MORONs.

    May 17, 2012 04:19 am at 4:19 am |
  16. ct

    ground hog day all over again? when will these stupid politicians learn to grow up and get issues most important whether repubs or dems...I don't think neither sides understands what the middle class is going through cause these guys are the 1%...

    May 17, 2012 05:39 am at 5:39 am |
  17. fishernewsorg

    The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy: The search for a moral justification for selfishness. (John Kenneth Galbraith)

    May 17, 2012 06:12 am at 6:12 am |
  18. Tony

    Can Republicans tell us what they want to cut? Republicans love to talk about runaway spending. They don't mention that most of spending on Obama's health bill won't start until 2014, so there is nothing to cut in the current budget. This is why the projected 10-year cost of the bill increased in the recent CBO estimate– the bill was designed so that most of the program (and spending) won't be implemented until 2014. Still, because the bill has a revenue component, the CBO projects it will actually reduce the deficits. The bank and auto bailouts are done. Without the bailouts, our banks would have gone under and our auto industry would have ceased to exist. Just think how humiliating it would be if China, a socialist country, has banks and an auto industry and we don't.

    Until Republicans explain how they propose to cut spending, no one will take their budget and tax cut plans seriously. The numbers do not add up in the Republican plans. People are beginning to wake up to the fact that Republicans have no actual solutions to our debt problem even though they complain about it. In the latest Fox News poll, Obama leads Romney by 7 points.

    May 17, 2012 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  19. chris

    Where are the results Republicaans? You had the house of Reps. for 2 yrs. What have you gotten done ? I thought so.

    May 17, 2012 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  20. Anonymous

    The GOBP cult is a pretty pathetic pack of posers pretending to care about the public.

    May 17, 2012 07:13 am at 7:13 am |