The Senate also defeated a proposal from Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) which mimics President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2013 budget plan. The measure was rejected 0-99, similar to last year when it was defeated 0-97.
Senate Budget Chariman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) said the Sessions proposal “is not what the president proposed so” of course Democrats would not support it.
McConnell said the vote was “not surprising when you consider just how bad the president’s budget is. It’s bad for jobs because it includes the biggest tax hike in history, it’s bad for seniors because it lets Medicare and Social Security become insolvent and it’s bad for our economy because it fails to address the nation’s $15 trillion debt.”
Along with the Obama and Ryan budgets, the Senate rejected spending blueprints from Republican Sens. Pat Toomey (Pa.), Mike Lee (Utah) and Rand Paul (Ky.).
The Toomey plan, defeated 42-57, would have balanced the budget by 2020. Lee’s proposal, which would have balanced the budget by 2017, was rejected 17-82, and Paul’s budget, which also would have reached balance by 2017, fell 16-83.
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.