Well, knock me over with a feather.
When I saw that Senator Mike Bennet D-CO had voted no on the fiscal cliff bill I thought it was because he was against raising the tax hike level to $450,000 or some other Democrat happy horseshi&.
Imagine my surprise to read that his objection centered on the fact that there was no deficit reduction associated with the deal.
Man, I NEVER saw that one coming.
via the Denver Post:
Sen. Michael Bennet was one of only eight senators who voted against averting the fiscal cliff early this morning, saying he couldn’t support tax cuts for people making under $450,000 a year because the package didn’t have any deficit reduction.
In a middle-of-the-night statement, Bennet called Washington “the land of flickering lights” — poking fun of its penchant for doing things at the last minute. He said the Coloradans he’s met “want a plan materially reduces the deficit. This proposal does not meet that standard and does not put in place a real process to reduce the debt down the road.”
The move is an intrepid one from the perch of Democratic party leadership. Bennet runs the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee — a fundraising arm of the party for the 2014 Senate cycle. He just took the job last month and has vowed not to let it get in the way of his middle-of-the-road ideals and crossing the aisle reputation.
Bonus fact about the capitol building. (Am I the only one that didn't know this?)
Within the columned tholus upon which stands the statue of Freedom, there are two lights which serve as signifiers to the people of Washington and the nation that either one or both houses of Congress are in night sessions. The white light signifies that the House of Representatives is in night session. The red light signifies that the Senate is in night session. When both white and red lights burn together, they signify that the two houses of Congress are each in night sessions or that the two houses are in joint night session.