In the course of a story (“Senate votes down controversial House budget”) from all appearances designed to make House Republicans look like quixotic time-wasters while minimizing presidential embarrassment, the Associated Press’s Andrew Taylor fabricated the following:
GOP senators immediately forced a vote on President Barack Obama’s February budget proposal, which opened to chilly reviews in February for failing to aggressively tackle issues like the long-term future of benefit programs like Medicare and Social Security. Democrats joined Republicans in opposing the plan, which failed to receive a single vote.
No Andrew, you’re wrong, wrong, at least nineteen times wrong. From Townhall’s Guy Benson, with links — The following Senate Democrats sang the praises of the President’s laughingstock of a “budget in mid-February (resorted in alphabetical order after Reid and Schumer):
SEN. HARRY REID (D-NV): “President Obama’s budget is a serious attempt…” (Sen. Reid, Press Release, 2/14/11)
SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): “This is a responsible proposal… I believe this approach should have bipartisan support.” (Sen. Schumer Press Release, 2/15/11)
SEN. MAX BAUCUS (D-MT): “The President’s budget… strengthens our economy…” (U.S. Senate, Finance Committee, Hearing, 2/16/11)
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Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.
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