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Here comes the sequester: Democratic, Republican bills to avert cuts defeated in Senate
Hotair ^ | 02/28/2013 | AllahPundit

Posted on 02/28/2013 2:10:05 PM PST by SeekAndFind

Actually, the GOP bill wasn't designed to avert cuts, it was designed to avert these cuts by giving Obama the power to replace them with equivalent cuts of his choosing. He's been screaming for weeks that the sequester will chop crucial services by hitting agencies indiscriminately across the board, right? Well, there's the solution --- let Obama protect the important stuff, like naval deployments, by reinstating the Pentagon's money and cutting stuff like cowboy poetry festivals instead. Result: The bill fails, 38-60. So terrified was the White House of the political responsibility of deciding which arms of government should bear the burden of an $85 billion haircut that they actually threatened to veto the bill if it passed. No need to worry about that; Senate Democrats, who’ve been shirking political responsibility for years by not passing a budget, were happy to kill this thing for him. Imagine how awkward it would have been if they hadn’t and O had to explain to the public that he had the power to save money in ways besides, say, releasing illegal immigrants from detention centers but chose not to exercise it. His whole strategy in this process is to impose maximum pain on Americans while blaming Republicans for supposedly tying his hands in trying to avert it. They offered to untie his hands. He refused. Leadership.

The Democrats’ alternative to $85 billion in cuts, meanwhile, was … very Democratic:

The sequester replacement bill proposed by Senate Democrats, and endorsed by the White House, would add $7.2 billion to the federal deficit over ten years, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

“CBO estimates that S. 388 would increase direct spending by $62.4 billion and revenues by $55.1 billion over the 2013–2023 period. Thus, the cumulative deficit would increase by $7.2 billion from those changes,” CBO wrote in a report.

The Democratic bill would replace the $85 billion in automatic cuts scheduled to take effect on Friday with a mixture of tax increases and spending cuts to defense programs and farm subsidies. However, those spending cuts would be phased in over a ten-year period, whereas the sequestration cuts would occur this year.

That one failed 51-49. Interestingly, both bills drew opposition from their own sides. The Republican plan got flack from McCain on grounds that it’s nutty to hand Obama a blank check on cuts when he’s bound to use it to punish interests favored by the GOP. The Democratic plan received a few no votes from, I assume, red-state Dems like Pryor and Begich who are facing reelection next year and don’t want the locals to know their big plan to replace the sequester was with another $7 billion in borrowing. I’m waiting for the roll call on each and will post as soon as they’re available. Stand by for updates. While you wait, read Byron York’s piece at the Examiner questioning Obama’s claim that his hands really are tied. Some federal agencies, most notably Defense, already have the power to move money around on their books to protect their most important functions. Why isn’t O asking them to exercise it?

Update: Still no rolls available as of 4:20 ET but CNN has a list of senators on both sides who bucked the party line. No surprises:

Nine Republicans voted against McConnell’s proposal: New Hampshire’s Kelly Ayotte, Maine’s Susan Collins, Texas’s Ted Cruz, South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham, Nevada’s Dean Heller, Utah’s Mike Lee, Arizona’s John McCain, Kentucky’s Rand Paul and Florida’s Marco Rubio.

Three Democrats opposed Reid’s plan: North Carolina’s Kay Hagan, Louisiana’s Mary Landrieu and Arkansas’s Mark Pryor.

Reid himself also voted against the Democratic bill, but purely for procedural reasons.

The McCain/Graham/Ayotte faction of hawks likely opposed the GOP bill for fear of what Obama might use it to do to the Pentagon. The Paul/Lee faction, I assume, simply opposes congressional delegation of appropriations power to the executive on principle. As for the Democratic heretics, yep, all three are red-staters and all three are up next year.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: sequester; sequestration

1 posted on 02/28/2013 2:10:10 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Yes, the Dems and Rinos must insulate Obama at all costs. He can not be held accountable, that would be to much like leadership.


2 posted on 02/28/2013 2:21:37 PM PST by DaiHuy (May God save the country, for it is evident the people will not! Millard Fillmore)
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To: SeekAndFind

“Actually, the GOP bill wasn’t designed to avert cuts, it was designed to avert these cuts by giving Obama the power to replace them with equivalent cuts of his choosing. He’s been screaming for weeks that the sequester will chop crucial services by hitting agencies indiscriminately across the board, right? Well, there’s the solution -— let Obama protect the important stuff, like naval deployments, by reinstating the Pentagon’s money and cutting stuff like cowboy poetry festivals instead.”


not a bad move by the GOP- but why didn’t every Republican vote in favor of it???


3 posted on 02/28/2013 2:22:08 PM PST by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
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To: God luvs America

RE: why didn’t every Republican vote in favor of it???

From the experience of seeing waves of illegal immigrants under detention being set free en masse being blamed on the sequester, they know that they cannot trust Obama to do the right thing.


4 posted on 02/28/2013 2:26:31 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Obozo’s Senate Minions voted Present. Just like he did in the past.


5 posted on 02/28/2013 2:28:44 PM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: SeekAndFind
Yeah, let's see the "media" report that Obama (not"White House", which is used so as not to say his name to insulate him from criticism) threatened to veto an attempt by the Repubs to avert the sequester.

Ain't gonna happen without a lot of spin.

6 posted on 02/28/2013 2:31:32 PM PST by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: jeffc

Is it really possible the sequester will be enacted???
I for one am all for it!!! Let the cuts begin!!


7 posted on 02/28/2013 2:35:46 PM PST by refermech
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To: SeekAndFind
deciding which arms of government should bear...

The government has no God-given inalienable right to bear arms!

Oh, wait... guess I'm being a bit sensitive to anything referring to the regime these days on the 2A...

8 posted on 02/28/2013 3:13:12 PM PST by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: refermech

But didn’t Obozo promise Romney “It ain’t going to happen.”

My fear is the community inflamer in chief will make cuts and take actions beyond what is required in order to enrage certain constituencies - his supporters - to the point of violence, then use his created crisis to take even more power. God help us all - even Woodward recognizes the man is nuts.


9 posted on 02/28/2013 3:27:15 PM PST by LibertyOh
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To: LibertyOh

I’m thinking that not much will happen even with the sequester. However if things get bad, I have a plan for self defense.


10 posted on 02/28/2013 3:39:45 PM PST by refermech
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To: SeekAndFind
Tax crap has to originate in the House of Representatives, but who cares about the Constitution anymore?

This is posturing by the Senate.

11 posted on 02/28/2013 3:46:25 PM PST by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: refermech

BRING ON THE HAIRCUT!


12 posted on 02/28/2013 4:21:21 PM PST by LiveFreeOrDie2001 (Elections have consequences - NOW LOOK what we have to deal with...)
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