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  •  you can't fillibuster a budget bill (1+ / 0-)
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    YucatanMan

    as per senate rules.

    •  Wow, the Recovery Act was a budget bill? (0+ / 0-)

      I learn new things on Daily Kos every day!

      •  that wasn't a budget bill it was spending. (0+ / 0-)

        the budget resolution comes out as a top line,
        but, then if you have a budget any spending inside
        that you can't throw points on it

        •  I have no idea what that word salad was, (0+ / 0-)

          but I do know that the ARRA was a supplemental appropriation subject to filibuster, not a budget bill, and that Obama did and does care about infrastucture.

          •  it was outside the budget (0+ / 0-)

            it was why there was such a fight over Obamacare.

            Obamacare could have been done as a budget action.

            The 302A Budget resolution added a trillion for Obamacare.

            So you could have slid Obamacare under that, as an increase
            to Medicare and you wouldn't have needed 60 votes.

            The Recovery act was above the then current 302A
            budget, so they needed to get 60 votes for it.

            However, the President doesn't really care about infrastructure, he cares about Bankers. His whole first
            term his economic team were wankers, i mean bankers.
            He spent 5 years feeding them every dollar they wanted.

            •  epic derp (0+ / 0-)

              The regulatory structure of the ACA aka Obamacare could not have been part of a budget bill.

              Lieberman SPECIFICALLY ruled out expanding Medicare to people under 65.

              You can make up whatever cynical fantasy you want, but Obama has consistently pushed for more infrastructure spending throughout his administration, and when he had a democratic congress, he got it.

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