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Super committee co-chair Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) speaks to reporters as she arrives for a meeting in the Capitol in Washington November 18, 2011. The special congressional committee is tasked with finding at least $1.2 trillion in budget savings over 10 years, but with a November 23 deadline looming, Republicans and Democrats have not yet sealed a deal.  .REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS POLITICS)
Sen. Patty Murray (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)
The Senate is in the middle of a gajillion (well, 73) Farm Bill amendments today, but senators expect to take a short detour into austerity land with two amendments talking about sequestration, one from Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and one from Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).

You know sequestration; that's the mechanism that Congress and the White House agreed to last year when they negotiated the Budget Control Act to keep Republicans from wrecking the global economy by refusing to raise the nation's debt ceiling. The sequestration means automatic cuts to both the Pentagon and domestic spending if Congress doesn't come up with some other solution by the end of the year. From the get-go, Republicans have been screeching about the Pentagon cuts, and have forwarded ideas like slashing funding for food stamps for the next decade in order to keep a few precious weapons systems around.

McCain's amendment, of course, is focused on defense spending. He wants to direct the Office of Management and Budget to do an audit of the defense cuts. Murray's amendment is an attempt to broaden the debate, to point out that there's a helluva lot more that will be hurt by the austerity fad than the Pentagon.

“As we continue working toward a balanced and bipartisan replacement to the automatic cuts that both Democrats and Republicans agree are bad policy, my amendment will make sure Congress understands exactly how the Administration would enact sequestration if we can’t come to a deal,” Murray said in a statement. “My amendment calls for an examination of all of the automatic cuts, not just one piece of them. Sequestration would slash across a broad swath of our federal budget—from the Pentagon, to our border security, to education funding, and to the support middle class families and the most vulnerable Americans depend on in this tough economy.”
Both amendments (numbers 2455 and 2162 on the list) will require a 60-vote threshold to pass. Which means neither of them will. But what the Murray amendment will do is put Republicans who vote against it on the record as not particularly giving a shit about the cuts that will actually hurt real people who aren't defense contractors.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Wed Jun 20, 2012 at 01:34 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (22+ / 0-)

    "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

    by Joan McCarter on Wed Jun 20, 2012 at 01:34:13 PM PDT

  •  Thanks for the diary. (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    puakev, ZedMont, chuckvw, daeros

    This will probably get lost due to the Holder citation. more's the pity.

    Obama wants your guns = Romney wants your Medicare Stop choosing your guns over your health You're shooting yourself

    by blueoregon on Wed Jun 20, 2012 at 01:45:29 PM PDT

  •  At least 25 "Democrats" (0+ / 0-)

    voted against the Gillibrand amendment. Who were they?

    As usual, the rethuglican suck gets all the help it needs. It's fine to blame the former, but they'd have a much harder time doing their dirty work without the help of Democrats.

    "I don't try to describe the future. I try to prevent it." - Ray Bradbury

    by chuckvw on Wed Jun 20, 2012 at 04:35:01 PM PDT

    •  The Food Stamps amendment, that is (0+ / 0-)

      As to these two amendments, it's heartening to learn that both parties want to keep track of the damage soon to be done by last year's devil's bargain...

      "I don't try to describe the future. I try to prevent it." - Ray Bradbury

      by chuckvw on Wed Jun 20, 2012 at 04:39:45 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  "Terrorism" defined (0+ / 0-)

    Sad to say, the word "terrorism" doesn't really have a concensus when it comes to a definition.  It's whatever someone wants to define it as.

    From Wiki

    The truth is sometimes very inconvenient.

    by commonsensically on Wed Jun 20, 2012 at 04:35:06 PM PDT

  •  "balanced and bipartisan replacement" (4+ / 0-)

    Oh those must be on the shelf next to Unicorns at Walmart

    Not blaming Bush for the mess we're in, is like not blaming a train engineer for a fatal train wreck because he's no longer driving the train.

    by JML9999 on Wed Jun 20, 2012 at 04:36:17 PM PDT

  •  And Democrats have already caved...... (1+ / 0-)
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    chuckvw
    Republicans have been screeching about the Pentagon cuts, and have forwarded ideas like slashing funding for food stamps for the next decade in order to keep a few precious weapons systems around.
    Are you aware that Democrats are already helping the GOP slash $4.5B from food stamps - as we speak.

    This is like crying "wolf" AFTER the baby has been handed over to it.

    No more "single payer." No more "universal coverage." Just say, "Medicare for every American."

    by masswaster on Wed Jun 20, 2012 at 04:40:46 PM PDT

    •  It's done (0+ / 0-)

      The vote was 66 to 33 to kill the Gillibrand amendment.

      "I don't try to describe the future. I try to prevent it." - Ray Bradbury

      by chuckvw on Wed Jun 20, 2012 at 04:43:17 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Still waiting for it to be noted.... (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        wsexson

        on Daily Kos' front page.

        But that would be indicting Democrats too for their Republican ways.

        No more "single payer." No more "universal coverage." Just say, "Medicare for every American."

        by masswaster on Wed Jun 20, 2012 at 04:50:57 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  roll call available? n/t (0+ / 0-)

        Barack Obama is not a secret Marxist class warrior who wants to redistribute wealth in America. But I'll still vote for him, anyway.

        by looty on Wed Jun 20, 2012 at 04:53:21 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  This is all I've seen (0+ / 0-)

          "I don't try to describe the future. I try to prevent it." - Ray Bradbury

          by chuckvw on Wed Jun 20, 2012 at 05:00:35 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

        •  The usual suspects.... (0+ / 0-)

          http://www.senate.gov/...

          YEAs ---33
          Akaka (D-HI)
          Begich (D-AK)
          Blumenthal (D-CT)
          Boxer (D-CA)
          Brown (D-OH)
          Brown (R-MA)
          Cantwell (D-WA)
          Cardin (D-MD)
          Casey (D-PA)
          Coons (D-DE)
          Feinstein (D-CA)
          Gillibrand (D-NY)
          Heller (R-NV)
          Kerry (D-MA)
          Lautenberg (D-NJ)
          Leahy (D-VT)
          Levin (D-MI)
          Lieberman (ID-CT)
          Menendez (D-NJ)
          Merkley (D-OR)
          Mikulski (D-MD)
          Murkowski (R-AK)
          Murray (D-WA)
          Reed (D-RI)
          Reid (D-NV)
          Rockefeller (D-WV)
          Sanders (I-VT)
          Schumer (D-NY)
          Shaheen (D-NH)
          Snowe (R-ME)
          Udall (D-NM)
          Whitehouse (D-RI)
          Wyden (D-OR)

          NAYs ---66
          Alexander (R-TN)
          Ayotte (R-NH)
          Barrasso (R-WY)
          Baucus (D-MT)
          Bennet (D-CO)
          Bingaman (D-NM)
          Blunt (R-MO)
          Boozman (R-AR)
          Burr (R-NC)
          Carper (D-DE)
          Chambliss (R-GA)
          Coats (R-IN)
          Coburn (R-OK)
          Cochran (R-MS)
          Collins (R-ME)
          Conrad (D-ND)
          Corker (R-TN)
          Cornyn (R-TX)
          Crapo (R-ID)
          DeMint (R-SC)
          Durbin (D-IL)
          Enzi (R-WY)
          Franken (D-MN)
          Graham (R-SC)
          Grassley (R-IA)
          Hagan (D-NC)
          Harkin (D-IA)
          Hatch (R-UT)
          Hoeven (R-ND)
          Hutchison (R-TX)
          Inhofe (R-OK)
          Inouye (D-HI)
          Isakson (R-GA)
          Johanns (R-NE)
          Johnson (D-SD)
          Johnson (R-WI)
          Klobuchar (D-MN)
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          Kyl (R-AZ)
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          Lee (R-UT)
          Lugar (R-IN)
          Manchin (D-WV)
          McCain (R-AZ)
          McCaskill (D-MO)
          McConnell (R-KY)
          Moran (R-KS)
          Nelson (D-FL)
          Nelson (D-NE)
          Paul (R-KY)
          Portman (R-OH)
          Pryor (D-AR)
          Risch (R-ID)
          Roberts (R-KS)
          Rubio (R-FL)
          Sessions (R-AL)
          Shelby (R-AL)
          Stabenow (D-MI)
          Tester (D-MT)
          Thune (R-SD)
          Toomey (R-PA)
          Udall (D-CO)
          Vitter (R-LA)
          Warner (D-VA)
          Webb (D-VA)
          Wicker (R-MS)

          Not Voting - 1
          Kirk (R-IL)

          No more "single payer." No more "universal coverage." Just say, "Medicare for every American."

          by masswaster on Wed Jun 20, 2012 at 06:54:26 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

  •  Where does the blame fall? (0+ / 0-)

    I have heard incessant references to the economy and what the sluggish [at best] performance will do to President Obama's re-election chances since it's all HIS fault.

    I think that it is incumbent on us to remind the general public that CONGRESS controls how money is collected [taxes and fees] and how it is spent. The office of the President doesn't have a dang thing to do with money except through the "bully pulpit" and the veto. WHO controlls Congress now?
    Republican'ts!

    So - that translates to the following:
    1- If you don't like the way things are being done in getting money out to the states and local governments so that they can get things going again-
    Blame the Republican'ts!

    2- You want to have your taxes raised unless you make more than $250,000/yr?
    VOTE for the Republican'ts!

    3- You want to be beholden to the monied elite for the rest of your life for daily necessities, [Yeah right]
    Vote Republican't!

    4- You want to surrender your own vagina or your female relative's vagina to government supervision and oversight, Vote Republican't!

    Oh, and if you DON'T want this to happen - get your ass off the couch and VOTE DEMOCRATIC and get others to VOTE too!
    Last Chance folks. If we don't beat the $$$$ behind the Republican'ts, we lose - from now on until we go Syria on their asses.

    "I believe that Marketing begins at conception" - Stephen Colbert

    by daddybunny on Wed Jun 20, 2012 at 07:02:58 PM PDT

  •  you mean the Tea Party Republican sequestration (0+ / 0-)

    I mean, let's call it what it is, the Tea Party wants this sequestration, they want these budget cuts, so if "sequestration" is going to "destroy" the economy, then maybe we can get some competent messaging to make the fucking TEA PARTY REPUBLICANS OWN IT,  for Fuck's sake!!

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