Paul's alternative budget fails in Senate, 18-81

A budget plan from Tea Party favorite Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) that would balance the budget in five years was voted down in the Senate late Friday night.

Paul's Platform to Revitalize America would cut $2.3 trillion in taxes compared to current policy and reduce government spending by $9.6 trillion. Paul, who won the Conservative Political Action Conference presidential straw poll earlier this month, says his plan would lead to a $17 billion budget surplus by 2018.


After a long night, Senate votes for biennial budget process

Less than five hours into the much-heralded, lengthy and sometimes dull "vote-a-rama" on the 2014 budget, senators voted overwhelmingly that they should produce a budget every two years, not every year.

Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) offered an amendment to the budget calling for the creation of a biennial budget and appropriations process. He suggested that in odd years, Congress pass budgets, and that in even years, Congress do budget oversight work.


Senate rejects repeal of healthcare law, again

The Senate on Friday rejected another GOP attempt to repeal President Obama’s healthcare law.

An amendment to the Senate budget resolution from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) failed on a 45-54 vote on Friday. Cruz’s amendment would have repealed the Affordable Care Act and encouraged patient-centered reforms to reduce costs.


Senate rejects plan to tie tax hikes to lower unemployment

The Senate on Friday voted down a GOP proposal aimed at preventing the Senate from considering any budget that calls for new taxes while unemployment is higher than 5.5 percent.

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) offered the amendment to the Democratic budget plan for 2014, but it was rejected in a party-line 45-54 vote.


Sessions doubts House, Senate can reconcile budget plans

Senate Budget Committee ranking member Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said Friday that he doubts the House and Senate will be able to reconcile the two budget plans that each chamber will pass.

"The Democratic Caucus has produced a budget here that won't work. It does not meet the challenge of our time; it's deeply disappointing," Sessions said on the Senate floor Friday.

"I guess there's still some chance something might happen in conference, but from the looks of this budget, the chances aren't very great, I have to say."


Senate rejects GOP attempt to remove tax increases from budget

The Senate rejected an amendment to the budget from Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) that would have removed Democrats’ call for nearly $1 trillion in new revenue.

Grassley’s amendment failed on a 45-54 vote Thursday night. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) had opposed including the reconciliation in the budget, but he voted against Grassley's amendment.