Why? Seems like a reflection of Congress's love affair with pork barrel spending.
What say you?
Senate says 'no' to federal debt commission Obama endorsed - article urlThe Senate Tuesday rejected a plan to create a tough, powerful commission to recommend ways of slashing the federal debt, but the close vote made it clear that tackling the problem is an urgent priority.
"We are on an utterly unsustainable course," said Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D. "Trying what we've been doing is a proven failure."
Though the vote to approve the commission plan was 53 to 46, it failed because under Senate rules, 60 votes were needed for passage.
But the majority — which included a rare bipartisan coalition of 37 Democrats and 16 Republicans — of the plan championed by Conrad and Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., sent a signal that lawmakers from both parties want to move quickly to curb spending.