Thursday, May 17, 2012

Senator Mark Pryor’s Big Budget Fail

Little Rock, Ark. – After President Barack Obama’s budget failed to receive a single vote in the U.S. Senate for the second year in a row, Republican Party of Arkansas Communications Director Katherine Vasilos released the following statement on Senator Mark Pryor’s failure to vote on a budget:
“Senator Pryor needs to get his priorities straight, stop complaining and start working with Congressional Republicans to pass a responsible budget. It’s obvious Sen. Pryor and his fellow Democrats have no plan and don’t want to be held accountable to anything with Barack Obama’s name on it. While Republicans are fighting for hardworking Arkansas taxpayers, Democrats like Senator Pryor are fighting to keep their own jobs.”

On Wednesday, the Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate, with the help of Senator Pryor, also defeated a budget plan already passed by the House of Representatives.

“Senator Pryor should be embarrassed that the Democrat-led Senate hasn’t passed a budget in over three years,” said Vasilos. “Unfortunately, Arkansas’ senior Senator won’t stand for anything when it comes to solving our nation’s debt and jobs crisis. Not passing a budget is simply unacceptable and unsustainable, the American people deserve better.”
Obama Budget Rejected by Senate Democrats
(S.Con.Res.41, Roll Call Vote #97, Motion To Proceed Rejected 0-99, 5/16/12)

Obama Budget Rejected For Second Year In A Row
A budget resolution based on President Obama’s 2013 budget failed to get any votes in the Senate on Wednesday. In a 99-0 vote, all of the senators present rejected the president’s blueprint. It’s the second year in a row the Senate has voted down Obama’s budget. (Erik Wasson, Daniel Strauss, “Senate rejects Obama budget in 99-0 vote,” The Hill, 5/16/12)

Senate Democrats Reject Republican Budget Proposal
“Democrats controlling the Senate rejected for the second year in a row Wednesday a budget plan passed by House Republicans. The 58-41 vote against the GOP budget came after a daylong debate in which Democrats blasted Republicans for refusing to consider tax increases as part of a solution to trillion-dollar deficits, and Republicans in turn attacked Democrats for not offering a budget at all.” (Andrew Taylor, “Senate Democrats reject House GOP budget plan,” Associated Press, 5/16/12)

Democrats Worried About Own Jobs Instead Of Passing Budget
“Democrats haven't passed a budget since 2009, opting against weeklong floor debates that would have exposed party members to dozens of politically difficult votes or put themselves on record in favor of tax hikes or huge deficits.” (Ibid)
Tags: Senator Mark Pryor, budget failure, Obama budget, no Senate budget

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