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Murphy breaks with most Democrats on balanced budget vote

by George Bennett | February 6th, 2013

Freshman U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, broke with most of the Democratic caucus today and voted for a largely symbolic Republican measure requiring President Barack Obama to either submit a budget that balances by 2023 or identify a year when a balanced budget will be achieved.

The measure, which the Democrat-controlled Senate is not expected to consider, passed on a 253-167 vote with Murphy and 25 other Democrats joining 227 Republicans in support. One Republican and 166 Democrats were opposed.

The three other members of Palm Beach County’s congressional delegation — Democratic Reps. Ted Deutch of Boca Raton, Lois Frankel of West Palm Beach and Alcee Hastings of Miramar — all voted no.

Many Democrats derided the measure, with Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., quoted in Roll Call as calling it “a gimmick wrapped in talking points inside a press release.”

Murphy represents a Palm Beach-Treasure Coast district where Republicans slightly outnumber Democrats and Mitt Romney got 51.5 percent of the vote in November. Murphy’s office sent out a press release headlined “Murphy votes with Republicans to demand balanced budget.”

Said Murphy: “Our country is at a tipping point and it is high time that we get serious about addressing our nation’s fiscal issues, which requires a bipartisan, balanced approach. I joined my Republican colleagues today in voting for this bill and demanding that we put a plan in place that leads to a balanced budget. Although I wish the bill had been amending to ensure a balanced approach is taken to reach a balanced budget, this is still an important step in getting our fiscal house in order.”

Before the final vote, Murphy joined Democrats in supporting a failed amendment specifying that efforts to balance the budget “take a balanced, bipartisan approach to deficit reduction that protects the middle class and seniors.”

19 Responses to “Murphy breaks with most Democrats on balanced budget vote”

  1. What? Says:

    Hey Patrick…a little history for you…no President has been required to do this – why this one? Did you forget who created most of the national debt…let’s see…2 unfunded wars (one which was unnecessary), Medicare Part D, tax cuts for the rich…all these without a way to pay. And do NOT forget we had a surplus before the Communist Republicans took over in 2001. Wake up you young wipper snapper!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Lost my vote Says:

    Since Murphy doesn’t understand the history of balanced budgets and what he is getting into with the Teabaggers, my vote will go elsewhere next election.

    It is time for normal voters (middle class and below) to take charge of our country.

  3. Common sense says Says:

    Though it is always good to have a balanced budget, it is not smart to try to balance decades of deficits in 10 years unless you strive for another great depression.

    Confusious say do not cut off your nose despite your face!

  4. GTFOOH Says:

    Wow! Blow my mind. A liberal that cares about the spending problem in Washington. Maybe I will like this guy.

  5. Impressed! Says:

    Although I did not vote for Mr. Murphy, I do respect his stance on this issue and admire the fact that he is strong enough to vote for what he believes is the right thing to do eventhough most of his party is voting against this. WTG Mr. Murphy!

  6. Moishe Says:

    he

    He’s a politician voting West’s convictions to saty alive. If he wind blew in the other direction he would go that way.

  7. Linda Wightman Says:

    He has lost my vote. We worked hard for him to win, but winning and governing like West is not what we voted for. Shame on him.

  8. GTFOOH Says:

    Ms. Wightman.

    Trying running your home budget the way Washington is running the nation’s budget and see what it does to your finances and family.

    That is exactly what is coming soon for all of us. Every time they turn on the money press the dollar is worth less.

    That means we pay more for gasoline, food, and clothing. If you are good with this, then don’t ever complain about the cost of living.

  9. lavigne Says:

    Patrick voting with Republicans about the budget is not something I thought you should do. All they care about is corporates. I hope you are not going to turn out to be a blue dog. I still support you. Dont like that you voted with anything they do.

  10. jackie nesbitt Says:

    patrick are you serious, voting with gophers. i mean i supported your campaign here in the bigapple, and you are just in congress ans gonna be worse than the slimball you replaced ,i.e.west. hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  11. jackie nesbitt Says:

    patrick, patricktell me it is not so guy

  12. jackie nesbitt Says:

    patrick did you fool every one and is a real live teabagger. ummmmmmmm sigh hmmmmmmm.

  13. T. J. Ewing Says:

    The teabagger lady will be jumping for joy! Hope this won’t be a trend! We were warned that Murphy used to be a Republican. He didn’t waste anytime proving it!

  14. jv Says:

    An accountant turned congressman voting to require a working budget? SURPRISE!!! I say throw a few more accountants in washington.

  15. 2014 Says:

    I am a Liberal and support this vote (which was more for messaging than anything).

    I, For one, have been screaming about the need to balance the budget since Bush destroyed our economy with eggregious tax cuts for the rich, two wars, and corporate welfare beyond belief.

    We MUST balance the budget, we must do so by raising taxes on the billionaires and corporations whose pockets have been lined for FAR TOO LONG!

    Good On ya, Rep Murphy.

    And for those comparing his vote to Allen West, PLEASE! West would never have sponsored an amendment that would call for BALANCED deficit reduction.

    Tax the rich.
    Break up the big banks.
    Close tax loopholes.
    End giveaways to big oil.
    Bring down the cost of healthcare by adding a public option for single payer Medicare for all.
    Invest in jobs right here.

    Let’s DO this.

    And anyone who gets in our way, we’re comin’ atcha in 2014!

    2014!!!

  16. jackie nesbitt Says:

    geez murph, you actually used to be a gopher!!!!!!!!!! well now that is HOW you gopers mo, AND TEABAGGERS MO, DECEIVE THE VOTERS GETIN AND TRY TO OVERTHROW THE USA. YOU DID NOT WAIT LONG TO SHOW YOUR TRUE COLORS.AT LEAST WEST WENT IN BEING THE A—HOLE HE TRULY IS. YOU ARE A PIECE OF WORK GUY. ENOUGH SAID ALREADY

  17. jackie nesbitt Says:

    SO DEVASTINGLY APPAULED THAT I DONATED FINANCE TO YOUR CAMPAING YOU TEABAGGER GOPHER A–

  18. KAREN Says:

    VERY Disappointing. I praised Patrick Murphy and helped him get elected. My particular precinct votes democratic and President Obama did win in my area – it’s the areas north of us that are Republican. I’m all for reaching across party lines – when necessary – but not against the President. He needs Murphy to reach across party lines TO SUPPORT HIS INITIATIVES NOT TEA PARTY INITIATIVES. BAD MOVE, PATRICK MURPHY. SUCKING UP THE REPUBLICANS LOSES YOU A LOT OF VOTES.

  19. Kevin Says:

    Mr. Murphy was outside my polling place on Election Day and said to me “I hope I have your support” I said back to him “you sir could be a piece of wood and still get my vote today”. That’s true still today given the choice between him and Allen West. The idea of striving for a balanced budget is a good one and I am in full agreement that it’s time we as a country start to get our fiscal house in order. He knew that the Senate would not take up the bill and that it was purely a symbolic gesture. You must understand as he does that district 18 is primarily affluent and as such not on board with allot of the democrat’s on policy maters. Let’s not forget that Mr. Murphy was a Republican until recently and it’s doubtful that his views have changed much since making the switch. I think the Tea Party obstructionist crazy’s intrusion into the GOP has caused their base to go so far towards the right that they are loosing their moderate members to the democrats like Mr. Murphy. So if you expected him to vote like a liberal with the likes of Lois Frankel then you are in denial. Any attempt to balance the budget must take a balanced approach and include a combination of tax rate increases on the wealthy as well as a reduction in the number of give a way’s to the poor and the lazy. Personally I’m in agreement with his position on this and he still has my support. Well see what he does in the future. Keep up the good work

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