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Photo: Senate Democrats Not Even Showing Up for Budget Meetings At This Point

Jerry550 Wrote: Apr 18, 2012 8:55 PM
Democratic legislators have a history of not showing up as a means of trying to get their way. We remember Wisconsin in 2011 and Texas a few years ago - when Democrats fled the state to manipulate quorum rules to avoid voting on legislation they did not like. They do not want to be on record approving the president's budget - nor do they want to vote against it. So, they simply avoid voting. One of those is my Senator - Bill Nelson of Florida. The slim hope he had of getting my vote just went up in smoke.

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What you're looking at is a view of today's Senate Budget Committee meeting, at which Chairman Kent Conrad conducted a faux "markup" of his party's FY 2013 budget resolution.  The near side of the table is where Democrats were supposed to sit.  Granted, this entire exercise was somewhat academic because its resulting product would receive neither a vote in this committee, nor in the Senate at large.  Details!  Throughout much of the...