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Ryan 40, Obama 0

The Senate just finished voting on the Paul Ryan/House Republican budget resolution, as well as the budget put forward by President Obama in February. Both, as expected, were voted down, but only Ryan’s received any votes.

Indeed, the Obama budget failed by the astounding final count of 0 to 97. Not even Bernie Sanders (S., Vt.) could bring himself to support the president’s plan, raising the question, as one observer in the Senate gallery put it: “Are Democrats actually for anything?”

The Ryan budget, on the other hand, was voted down 40 to 57, with five Republicans — Sens. Brown, Collins, Murkowski, Paul and Snowe — voting ‘no,’ along with every Democrat.

Votes on the budget proposals put forward by Sens. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) and Rand Paul (R., Ky.) are expected shortly.

UPDATE: The Toomey budget also fails — but gets more votes that Ryan’s — 42 to 55. Sens. Murkowski and Paul are the two who switched their votes.

Paul’s budget fails as well, 7 to 90, but still gets more votes than Obama’s. Sens. Coburn, DeMint, Hatch (!), Lee, Paul, Vitter and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (!!) voted ‘yes.’

UPDATE II: The Senate Democratic budget f… oh wait, nevermind.

Final score: Republican budgets 89, Democratic “budgets” 0

Andrew StilesAndrew Stiles is a political reporter for National Review Online. He previously worked at the Washington Free Beacon, and was an intern at The Hill newspaper. Stiles is a 2009 ...


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