This should not be that big of a deal, but it is something that has not happened in two years. The Senate actually passed a budget. Not that it is a balanced budget. No, that is not what makes it a surprise, but that it was a budget to pass. If the House and the Senate can hammer out their differences concerning what the two chambers passed, we might have a fiscal outline of what we will be doing over the next year.
Reuters is reporting
The Senate passed a Republican-authored budget plan early on Friday that seeks $5.1 trillion in domestic spending cuts over 10 years while boosting military funding.
The 52-46 vote on the non-binding budget resolution put Congress on a path to complete its first full budget in six years. It came at the end of a marathon 18-hour session that saw approval of dozens of amendments ranging from Iran sanctions to carbon emissions and immigration policies.
Though there were several things that passed through on amendments that could concern us, we see these people doing a little of what they were sent to Washington to do, govern. This has broken the traditional stalemate which has plagued the Congress since the 2008 elections. This has also seen the moves that Republicans promised and were able to gain seats on.
The Washington times explains
Along the way, the Senate voted to rein in the Common Core education standards, to ban the government from assessing a carbon tax and to prepare new sanctions against Iran should that nation violate a future nuclear arms deal, as lawmakers debated into the night.
It seems that the things we had hoped would come from this Republican Congress might still have a chance of coming to fruition. There might be a real effort to repeal or defund Obamacare. They may step down common core and the ecologically destructive carbon tax. I know that I am dreaming, but it sounds good.
It is almost certain that Obama will rally the troops and fight this budget. He has already begun campaigning against Congress.
The Times further reported
Mr. Obama has been roundly critical of the GOP budgets, and in a speech Thursday in Birmingham, Alabama, he renewed his attack, saying Republicans are already moving for deeper tax cuts.
The president knows that his programs will be the first to be chopped if taxes are not raised and talks as if Americans keeping their own money is a bad thing. Yet, while it seems that the Republicans have made some progress, there were a few discouraging vote tallies.
The Washington Post reports
Several Republicans up for reelection in 2016 in swing and Democratic-leaning states voted with Democrats on an amendment from Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) to enable Americans to earn paid sick time that would not add to the deficit. Among them were Sens. Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Richard Burr (N.C.), Ron Johnson (Wis.), Mark Kirk (Ill.), Rob Portman (Ohio) and Patrick J. Toomey (Pa.).
Five of those six Republicans voted for an amendment Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) offered to ensure that same-sex married couples have equal access to Social Security and veterans’ benefits. Toomey voted against the bill, which a total of 11 Republicans supported.
What we have to ask is whether or not these senators are using the current crisis to pad their pockets by pretending to be what they are not? Do these people really want to stop our countrie’s slide into financial and moral destruction? Or do they simply want the power and the money?