President Obama needs to forget about this whole bipartisanship thing. It isn’t going to happen. He needs to stop wasting time trying to include the Republicans and just let them go pout in their corner as they seem determined to do.
The President’s budget passed the House of Representatives today. Anybody care to guess how many Republicans voted for it?
House approves $3.44 trillion budget resolution
WASHINGTON (CNN) — The House of Representatives passed a $3.44 trillion budget resolution for fiscal year 2010 Wednesday, approving most of President Obama’s key spending priorities and setting the federal government in a new direction with major increases for energy, education and health care programs.
The resolution, which was approved by a vote of 233 to 193, passed in a virtual party-line vote. All but 17 House Democrats supported it, and no House Republicans voted in favor.
That’s right. None. Not a single House Republican supported our President’s budget. Remember how many House Republicans voted in favor of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (popularly known as “The Stimulus Bill”)? That’s right. None. We could go right on down the list and the answer would remain the same. None.
I say let them sulk and stew in their own sour juices. But, that’s me. Our President is a much bigger man than I. He’ll continue to try to include them and work with them, though I am afraid it will be to no avail.
Don’t forget… The President will be holding his third prime time press conference this evening. It begins at 8 p.m. Eastern (7 p.m. Central) and will be carried by every major broadcast network except FOX.
Gotta love our Republicans.
UPDATE: “Senate Joins House in Approving Obama’s Budget Outline.”