John McCain and two Democrats (including John Kerry) did not vote.
Sen. President Harry Reid refused to even allow the plan to be debated. He called the plan to cut spending and balance the budget “some of the worst legislation in the history of this country,” even though a new CNN poll shows 66% of Americans support the plan. Perhaps he had this confused with Obamacare - you know, the legislation that had to be passed so members of Congress could find out what was in it?!?
And their plan is?????
Here is what House Speaker John Boehner had to say:
Senate Democrats Defy the Will of the People, Reject “Cut, Cap, & Balance”
Jul 22, 2011
Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) released the following statement today responding to Senate Democrats’ rejection of House-passed “Cut, Cap, and Balance” legislation:
“Senate Democrats have defied the will of the American people who overwhelmingly support real spending cuts, caps on future spending, and a balanced budget to create a better environment for private-sector job growth. Republicans are standing with the American people and, as I’ve said before, will not pass a bill that fails to cut spending by more than it increases the debt limit, restrain future spending, or that raises taxes on families and job creators. To help avoid a default, I urge the Senate to rethink their decision and immediately approve the responsible, balanced, House-passed ‘Cut, Cap, & Balance’ proposal.”
NOTE: A recent CNN survey showed that two-thirds of the American people support a plan that “would raise the debt ceiling only if a balanced budget amendment were passed by both houses of Congress and substantial spending cuts and caps on future spending were approved.”