“Cut, Cap, and Balance failed in the United States Senate with four votes shy of 50. The vote was 51-46 to table.”
What this news means: Majority of the members of both Houses of Congress supports Cut, Cap and Balance. It got 46 of 100 Senators and 234 of 435 House members to support it – 52% of the members of Congress.
It’s the only viable, solid and real plan out there. Even if the cut, cap and balance plan is not fully approved in the Senate, its strong level of support indicates that it can be and it should be the basis and framework for any final agreement to go forward. There are other vague, fuzzy, promises-now-disappointment-later plans, but they cannot be the basis of agreement in the way this can.
It’s been noticed that Senator Harry Reid, the do-nothing control freak of the Senate, failed to allow this plan to be modified in a way to make it viable for passage. Here is a comment at the LA Times:
So, rather than ammend the bill to make it into something that they could agree with, they just killed it. How does that make any sense? The only actual bill that has been introduced during this entire debate is now completely off the table. Hopefully the pubilic is paying attention to this. And where is Reid’s plan?
Yet in fact, this vote, far from actually killing it, tells us that its only 4 Senators short of being supported by both Houses.
“There’s no question that the fiscal challenges in front of us demand a bipartisan solution, but the clock’s running,” Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) said in a floor speech Thursday night. see: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0711/59661.html#ixzz1Sqt4G4Xr