Senate Republicans have jusy one answer for Democrats: No

January 29, 2010

By Dana Milbank

Friday, January 29, 2010

In his State of the Union address Wednesday night, President Obama asked lawmakers to “work through our differences, to overcome the numbing weight of our politics.”

On Thursday, Republicans sent their answer.

The Senate took a vote on extending the federal debt ceiling — without which the United States would go into default. All 40 Republicans voted no.

The Senate took a vote on requiring Congress not to pass legislation that it can’t pay for. All 40 Republicans voted no.

The Senate took a final vote on passing the overall plan. Thirty-nine Republicans voted no. The 40th, Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), skipped the vote.

The state of the union is . . . unchanged.

(The “Party of NO” unanimity against “paygo” rules is particularly odd, since Republicans were for it before they were against it.  What in the living hell are Senate Republicans trying to accomplish?  And why should anyone vote for them to help them do it? – G)



  1. The previous party of ‘NO’ the Democrats will once more be the party of ‘NO’.

    Finally Obama announced that the Republicans did a have health care plan, something the so-call main stream news media would never report.

    • That’s right. And Obama also pointed out that no one believes that the numbers in the “plan” add up. No one.

      You may call that a health care plan – but it’s not.

    • Why would EVERY Republican vote against “paygo” – a rule requiring that proposed spending increases or tax cuts be paid for by offsetting tax increases or spending cuts? It’s a common-sense approach that EVERYONE ought to be able to support.

      Unless you’re just trying to keep Obama and the Democrats from being able to take credit for ANYTHING positive. “Country first”? I don’t think so. More like party before country.

      You don’t really, seriously think there is any comparison between the Republican obstructionism in the past three years and what the Dems did when the Repubs controlled Congress with a Republican in the White House. Do you?

  2. What good did it do the Dems to vote for Paygo? They have yet to abide by it.

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