The two-year budget deal approved by the House has hidden political benefits for Senate Democrats, Republicans charge.
Because it sets a top-line budget number for 2015, Democrats won’t have to write and pass a budget resolution in the midterm election year.
That means vulnerable Democrats like Sens. Mark Pryor (Ark.), Mark Begich (Alaska), Kay Hagen (N.C.) and Mary Landrieu (La.) won’t have to take tough votes as part of a budget vote-o-rama.
Republicans are unhappy, as they believe the tough votes would have made it easier to defeat those candidates next fall and take control off the Senate in 2015. With ObamaCare’s difficult rollout, forcing members to vote on many aspects of the healthcare law would be especially appealing.
The Senate is expected to vote on the budget deal on Tuesday.
There’s the GOP we know and love: Making things easier for Democrats. I wonder what other goodies are hidden in this Boner/Paul RINO triumph?