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Senate Republicans Vote Overwhelmingly For Controversial GOP Budget


It's a governing agenda many Republicans would like to wash down the memory hole. But over the past year it's become a Kryptonite touchstone for conservative purity -- a plan most Republicans feel compelled to support, but which they understand to be politically deadly.

The final vote was 41-58, shy of the 51 required for passage. The Senate GOP boxed themselves in to support of the framework by overwhelmingly voting for a similar plan last year. The budget votes in 2011 proved politically disastrous for Republicans, who had misjudged the midterm election results as enthusiasm for far-right policies. It turned out to be a dramatic overreach, and Republicans have expended a great deal of effort in the months since trying to fight Democrats to a draw on Medicare and force them into voting for major cuts to that program.

But they've been unable to walk away from their agenda -- and Democrats were thrilled to force their GOP counterparts to embrace it all over again on the Senate floor.

Republicans used the opportunity to embarrass President Obama, by proposing a rendition of his own budget -- it failed on a 0-99 vote.

Sens. Pat Toomey (R-PA), Rand Paul (R-KY), and Mike Lee (R-UT) also introduced their own, vastly more conservative budget resolutions Wednesday.