Senate Dems Blow Off Obama's Budget Wish List

Leadership struggling to pass spending bill

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 11, 2013 8:39 AM CDT

(Newser) – As they rush to pass a continuing resolution to fund the government, one might imagine that Senate Democrats would heed President Obama's requests for funds for health care or Wall Street reform, but that's not exactly the case. Republicans didn't include those things in the House budget, and given the White House's limp response—it said it was "deeply concerned," but didn't threaten a veto—Senate Democrats are leaving them for dead, Politico reports.

The continuing resolution battle comes as Democrats struggle to put together their first long-term budget in four years. That should be easy, given that Republicans aren't allowed to filibuster, but they're having trouble nonetheless, the Hill reports, because they only have a 12-10 majority in the budget committee, and hence can't afford a single defection. But Democrats still say they intend to go on offense, and pass a budget that raises revenue without ending deficits. "The 2012 election showed that being in favor of revenue does not tar and feather you," one aide says.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 5, 2013, following a Democratic strategy session.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 5, 2013, following a Democratic strategy session.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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