Democratic Senators such as Kent Conrad (at podium) have been circumspect in their remarks about President Barack Obama's proposed 2013 budget in part because budget issues could present risks to Senators' re-election efforts.
During a briefing with reporters Monday, White House economic adviser Gene Sperling bluntly said, “Whether or not you agree with every measure in this budget, there is no question [the budget] achieves this type of balance between revenue and spending cuts. The only question is whether the House Republican budget that will come forward soon will for the first time include any semblance of that balance in their budget.”
Doug Thornell, a veteran Democratic operative and senior vice president at SKDKnickerbocker, argued Obama’s focus on “fairness,” particularly his plan to end the Bush-era tax cuts and other tax breaks for the wealthy, “unifies the party and our messaging in terms of opening the conversation about the Ryan budget and Republican priorities.”
Indeed, just because Reid and other Senate Democrats weren’t crowing about Obama’s budget Monday, that doesn’t mean they won’t be holding a healthy dose of votes on taxing millionaires and funding infrastructure projects this year.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.