Budget

10/30/2015

Senate Conservatives Fund
This past Friday at one o’clock in the morning, 18 Senate Republicans joined all of the Democrats in voting to bust the budget caps and to completely suspend the national debt limit until March of 2017.

These Republicans, led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), surrendered to President Obama and gave him an unlimited credit card for the remaining 15 months of his term.

  1. Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
  2. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)
  3. John Barrasso (R-WY)
  4. Shelley Moore-Capito (R-WV)
  5. Thad Cochran (R-MS)
  6. Susan Collins (R-ME)
  7. John Cornyn (R-TX)
  8. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
  9. Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
  10. Mark Kirk (R-IL)
  11. John McCain (R-AZ)
  12. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
  13. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
  14. Pat Roberts (R-KS)
  15. Mike Rounds (R-SD)
  16. John Thune (R-SD)
  17. Thom Tillis (R-NC)
  18. Roger Wicker (R-MS)

This debt vote is significant because it is the 20th time in the past 10 months that the new Republican majority allowed a bill to pass that was supported by a majority of Democrats and opposed by a majority of Republicans.

If you didn’t know otherwise, you would think the Democrats still controlled the Senate. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) was right when he said McConnell is “the most effective Democratic leader in modern times.”

It’s no surprise that a new Gallup poll found that more Republican voters now view McConnell unfavorably (35%) than view him favorably (30%). Republicans are beginning to see that he doesn’t share their values.