Only two House Democrats support Obama’s budget

Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) did something yesterday that no House Democrat would dare do. The South Carolina conservative presented President Barack Obama’s tax and spend FY 2015 budget for a floor vote.

The budget unveiled by President Obama last month relies upon $3.5 trillion in higher than expected revenues to the federal government over the next 10 years. The increased revenues rely on rosy economic growth scenarios as well as $1 trillion in new taxes to finance a budget that never comes into balance.

The White House’s budget, however, failed to gain any real support when it was presented on the House floor. It was defeated by a 2 to 413 vote. The two votes came from Reps. Mary Kaptur (D-OH) and Jim Moran (D-VA).

President Obama’s budget was just one of several offered as amendments on the floor yesterday before the final vote on House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) “Path to Prosperity.”

Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-NM) offered the Congressional Progressive Caucus’ alternative budget, which, believe it or not, is worse than the White House’s proposal. That measure did remarkably better — which should tell you exactly how far left the much of Democratic Party has drifted — but still failed, 89 to 327.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) present the House Democrats’ official alternative budget, which was also worse than Obama’s proposal, but less bad than the one pushed by the Congressional Progressive Caucus. It, too, was defeated, 163 to 261.

Conservatives presented an alternative budget of their own. The Republican Study Committee’s budget, offered via an amendment by Rep. Rob Woodall (R-GA), would have cut spending even further than the “Path to Prosperity,” bringing the budget into balance in just four years.

Though the RSC’s budget received support from a majority of the House Republican Conference, it was defeated, 133 to 291.

The “Path to Prosperity,” the Republican leadership-backed budget, passed the House by a vote of 219 to 205. This measure would cut the rate of spending growth and reform entitlement programs, producing a balanced budget in 10 years.

The budget, Ryan’s last as chairman of the committee, has little chance of passage. Ryan and House Republican leadership believe that this budget framework will provide a distinction between them and President Barack Obama. Senate Democrats aren’t expected write a budget this year, citing the two-year budget agreement reached in December.


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