By a stunning 0-414 tally Wednesday night, the House of Representatives voted down a budget proposal based on President Barack Obama’s 2013 recommendations. Congress hadn’t seen a budget vote that lopsided since last May, when the Senate voted down an Obama budget plan by a 0-97 margin.
That 2011 Senate slaughter came after minority leader Sen. Mitch McConnell insisted on a vote to demonstrate that Democrats would not endorse a budget with specific, targeted cuts.
Similarly, Wednesday evening’s vote saw South Carolina Republican Rep. Mick Mulvaney, a House freshman who came to Washington with grand budget-control promises, introducing Obama’s 2013 budget outline as an amendment to the bill being pieced together to fund the government next year.
Mulvaney’s amendment proposed “to strike the text of the bill and insert President Obama’s budget proposal as scored by CBO [the Congressional Budget Office].”
“It occurred to me the President’s budget had not been offered as an amendment by the Democrat members of the House budget committee,” Mulvaney said on the House floor.
“Clearly, it must be [an] oversight. Clearly, my colleagues meant to offer the President’s budget. I thought I’d help my colleagues across the aisle out a little bit and offer the President’s budget. Which is exactly what this amendment is.”