President Obama’s 2013 budget just went down to defeat by a 99-0 vote in the Senate. In March, the measure went before the House for a vote – and went down to flaming defeat, 414-0. The Obama budget had been held up in the Senate by Democrats for fear of complete failure; that fear, it appears, was justified.
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Senate Budget Committee ranking member, brought forward Obama’s budget as a resolution. The White House had already attempted to distinguish its budget from Sessions’ budget resolution by claiming that there were minor policy differences between the two, a weak attempt by the White House to provide an excuse for why Democrats would vote it down.