An open letter to President Obama (Part 7, A response to your budget)

On Bloomberg, Sessions Discusses Astounding Gimmicks In President’s Budget

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Rep. James Lankford Responds to President Obama’s $3.8 Trillion Budget

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Rep. James Lankford (R-OK) responded to President Obama’s FY 2013 budget proposal that fails to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term as promised. The budget also delayed the tough decisions to cut spending and reform entitlements that are needed to avoid a debt crisis.


Senator Blunt Participates in Press Conference in Response to President Obama’s Budget 2/13/2012

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U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) participated in a press conference with GOP Senators in response to President Obama’s budget proposal on February 13, 2012.


Corker Says President’s 2012 Budget Proposal Shows “Lack of Urgency” on Spending

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In remarks on the Senate floor today, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., expressed disappointment in President Obama’s 2012 budget proposal, saying it displayed a “lack of urgency” to get federal spending under control. Corker has introduced the CAP Act to dramatically cut federal spending over the next decade.


Obama’s 2012 Budget Numbers

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Erica Hill speaks with business and economics correspondent Rebecca Jarvis about President Obama’s 2012 budget plan.


1,000 Days Without A Budget

Uploaded by on Jan 24, 2012 | Today marks the 1,000th day since the United States Senate has passed a budget. While the House has put forth (and passed) its own budget, the Senate has failed to do the same. To help illustrate how extraordinary this failure has been, our new video highlights a few of impressive feats in history that have been accomplished in less time.


President Obama c/o The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President,

I know that you receive 20,000 letters a day and that you actually read 10 of them every day. I really do respect you for trying to get a pulse on what is going on out here.

The Heritage Foundation website ( ) has lots of good articles and one that caught my attention was concerning the budget you released on Feb 13, 2012 and it concerned the incorrect opinion out there in the USA that you can not pass a budget in the Senate because of the Republicans. Here in Little Rock we have liberal bloggers that have been saying this too.

The blogger in Little Rock who goes by the username “Elwood” on the blog noted on Feb 13, 2012 on the Arkansas Times Blog:

 You don’t get it both ways Salty Repub.

The process blockers in the Senate, your heroes, won’t allow anything to come to the floor for a vote. Take it up with McConnell.

I responded with this:

I am afraid that President Obama does not need any Republicans help to get his budget passed. There are 53 Democrats in the Senate and it only takes 51 votes to get the budget passed. You may have seen President Obama’s White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew on “Meet the Press” but he was incorrect.

“You can’t pass a budget in the Senate of the United States without 60 votes, and you can’t get 60 votes without bipartisan support,” Lew said on CNN’s State of the Union. “So unless… unless Republicans are willing to work with Democrats in the Senate, [Majority Leader] Harry Reid is not going to be able to get a budget passed.” Lew repeated the claim in a slightly different form on NBC’s Meet the Press, saying “One of the things about the United States Senate that I think the American people have realized is that it takes 60, not 50, votes to pass something.”

Here is a link to a good article on it from the Heritage Foundation:


If you have the majority in the Senate then why can’t you get a budget passed? Is it true that the Republicans are holding up getting a budget passed in the Senate?

Thank you so much for your time. I know how valuable it is. I also appreciate the fine family that you have and your committment as a father and a husband.


Everette Hatcher III, 13900 Cottontail Lane, Alexander, AR 72002, ph 501-920-5733,


Jack Lew on CNN

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