Skip to comments.Even with Calculators on the Floor, the Senate Still Comes Up With a Zero on the Budget
Posted on 05/29/2012 5:56:08 PM PDT by Libloather
Even with Calculators on the Floor, the Senate Still Comes Up With a Zero on the Budget
By Sunlen Miller | ABC OTUS News Wed, May 16, 2012
You would have thought that starting the day with a vote permitting the use of calculators on the Senate floor today was a good sign that it could potentially be a productive day for the U.S. senators.
But you would have been mistaken.
The Senate spent the whole day today, with over six hours of straight floor speeches, debating five nonbinding budget resolutions that everyone knew in advance would not pass.
And, no surprise, none of them passed. Not by a mile.
For Republicans, it was about making a point that the Democrat-led Senate has not produced a budget. So they brought five of their own budget proposals to the floor to offer a direct comparison.
"If you're looking for a simple three-word description of the Democrats' approach to the problems we face, it's this: duck and cover," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY., said today on the floor of the Senate. "By the end of the day, we'll know whether there is a budget that Washington Democrats support, and the American people will know without a doubt who is voting for solutions in this town and who isn't. They will know who has got a plan to fix the mess we're in and who doesn't."
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Never heard of it before today.
Who knew calculators were banned in Congress? Unless this is a rule dating back to when adding machines were noisy mechanical things, and the few that could divide went through minutes of gear-grinding and chunking agony before reaching a result. If you really wanted to annoy the math teacher you asked the machine to calculate something divided by zero.
This Sunday: 900 Days Without a Senate Budget
As Democrats continue to cast Republicans as the obstructionist “Party of No” (a label that conveniently ignores Democratic disunity), remember this: Not a single Senate Democrat has voted ‘yes’ on any proposed buget this year. That’s right, every Democrat in the United States Senate has voted to reject all five budget resolutions brought before them; four from Republicans, and one from President Obama. And no, guys, your little debt deal “deem” gimmick doesn’t absolve you of any responsibility here.
And they won’t with the Coffee Server in office. Their waiting for McCain’s buddy, Mandate-Mitt to reach across in the “spirit of uni-partisan-for the ship”, the Federal Ship.
And they won’t with the Coffee Server in office. They’re waiting for McCain’s buddy, Mandate-Mitt to reach across in the “spirit of uni-partisan-for the ship”, the Federal Ship.