As President Barack Obama’s budget was poised to fail overwhelmingly in the Senate for the second year, the White House dismissed the vote entirely as a gimmick.
Already, Obama’s $3.6 trillion tax and spending plan for fiscal year 2013 was defeated in the House by a vote of 414-0 on March 28. Last year, the Senate defeated Obama’s fiscal year 2012 plan by a vote of 97-0.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has refused to allow a budget vote in the Senate, while the House approved a GOP budget, spearheaded by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) that passed the House mostly along party lines.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney seemed prepared for another bipartisan vote against the president’s vote, even as he repeatedly praised Obama’s plan as a “balanced approach.”