At 3:00 PM on the dot this afternoon, the members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted on H.R. 1473, the budget deal for federal government spending from now until the end of September. The broad distribution of the vote confirms what liberals have worried about – that despite Barack Obama’s inspiring speeches on economic matters, the Obama Administration is now more aligned with the Republican Party than his own Democratic Party.
Although there are many more Republicans than Democrats in the House, Democratic opposition to this legislation outnumbered Republican opposition almost two-to-one. Fewer than 43 percent of congressional Democrats approved of the budget cutting deal favored by President Obama. More than 75 percent of Congressional Republicans approved of Obama’s deal with John Boehner. That skew of the vote shows clearly that either Republicans got the better of Obama in the budget negotiations, or Obama just doesn’t care much for the liberal base that got him elected in 2008.
A roll call of the vote this afternoon:
Democrats who voted IN FAVOR of the Obama-Reid-Boehner Budget Deal
Democrats who voted AGAINST the Obama-Reid-Boehner Budget Deal
Republicans who voted IN FAVOR of the Obama-Reid-Boehner Budget Deal
Republicans who voted AGAINST the Obama-Reid-Boehner Budget Deal
In order to avert a government shutdown, it looks as if Barack Obama chose a shut down of the liberal wing of the Democratic Party instead.