Remember the old Seinfeld episode where George and Jerry come up with the idea for a “show about nothing”?
Well, under the leadership of Senator Harry Reid, the U.S. Senate is increasingly becoming a “show about nothing” in its own right. Consider: Last year, when Democrats controlled both houses of Congress and the White House, they failed to approve one single appropriations bill. Not one. And it has now been more than two years—757 days, to be precise—since they approved a budget.
Having failed to produce a budget of their own, yesterday Senate Democrats held votes on four separate budget proposals:
— The budget put forward by Representative Paul Ryan
— The budget put forward by Senator Rand Paul
— The budget put forward by Senator Pat Toomey
— And the budget put forward by President Barack Obama.
What did the Senate pass? Nothing.
Not only did they pass nothing, Senate Democrats voted for nothing—they unanimously opposed all four budget proposals. Even the Obama budget was defeated by a vote of 0-97. That’s right, not one single Senate Democrat voted in favor of the budget put forward by their own president. Not one Democrat voted “yes” on any budget—not one.
So Senate Democrats have put forward no budget proposal, and have voted in unison against all the budget proposals put forward by Republicans and Democrats alike. You can almost hear Senators Reid and Durbin talking in the Senate dining room:
Durbin: “So what’s happening with the budget, have you come up with anything?”
Reid: “No, nothing.”
Durbin: “Why don’t they have salsa on the table?”
The Reid Senate is fast becoming the Seinfeld Senate: a show about nothing.