Specter's First Vote as a Democrat: No on Obama's Budget

Democratic senators Evan Bayh (IN), Robert Byrd (WV), and Ben Nelson (NE) also voted no.

In a 53-to-43 vote tonight, the Senate followed the House in passing President Obama's budget. Not a single Republican voted in favor of the budget resolution, but a number of key Democrats including Sens. Evan Bayh (IN), Robert Byrd (WV), Ben Nelson (NE), and most notably Arlen Specter (PA) voted against it. Just yesterday, Specter reportedly said to Obama, "I'm a loyal Democrat. I support your agenda." The budget resolution that passed tonight allowed for health care reform to be implemented using the budget reconciliation process, which Specter expressed his opposition to yesterday.

Ryan Powers is a former intern of the Center for American Progress and a senior at the College of William and Mary.