Our letter/petition to Senators Gillibrand and Schumer was faxed Friday evening with 45 signatures. We knew it was late, that the Democratic caucus was split, and that our letter would not sway our Senators’ votes. But it serves to remind them that there are groups like us watching closely. The budget discussion if far from over, there are hard votes yet to come.
Early this morning the Senate passed a budget with a 50 to 49 vote. Read the story from The Hill about that vote. Four Democratic Senators voted against the budget (Baucus, Begich, Hagan and Pryor) and one missed the vote (Lautenberg).
This budget will not become law, of course. The Ryan/Republican bill from the house is still there and President Obama proposed a budget but his real political position in the budget debate remains unclear.