The measure would have funded the government through the end of the fiscal year.
Senator Roy Blunt says regardless of passage or failure, the budget numbers are simply not adding up.
“The 2.2 trillion dollars in collections don’t compare very favorably with the 3.8 trillion dollars in spending,” Blunt said. “We are now borrowing 4 billion dollars a day.”
Blunt says the real question is when are the budget debates going to get to the real spending.
“Why is the only thing on the table in the house proposal the discretionary spending and only a little of the defense discretionary spending being part of that?”
“The truth is that is the money that you can get to without long legislative fights. We ought to have those fights on the entire budget.”
The bill that failed contained $61 billion dollars in cuts from the fiscal year 2010 spending.