WASHINGTON — In eight-plus years in Congress, Rep. John Barrow has never voted in favor of a budget, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The Augusta Democrat has had plenty of options, as evidenced last week when Republicans and Democrats in the House put forth a menagerie of outlines of the nation’s fiscal future. Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan’s was the only one to pass, but there was the arch-conservative Republican Study Committee budget, the arch-liberal Congressional Progressive Caucus budget, the Congressional Black Caucus budget, the Senate Democratic budget and the House Democratic budget.
Barrow, a perennially endangered Blue Dog Democrat who is thinking of running for U.S. Senate next year, pressed “no” for all of them.
“For all the time I’ve been here, that atmosphere has been so partisan that the budget proposals that have been generated by each side (have) never been nothing but a partisan message piece to go after the other side,” Barrow said in an interview. “These are just souped-up versions of the same old stuff we’ve been looking at for year after year.”