The Democratic plan called for replacing the $85 Billion in budget cuts with some targeted cuts and more taxes. It failed by a 51-49 vote (60 votes were needed for passage).Louisiana Senators Mary Landrieu (D-New Orleans) and David Vitter (R-Metairie) both voted against the Democratic plan. Landrieu objected to $27.5 Billion in farm subsidies that would be cut over 10 years because it would hurt the state’s rice farmers.
"Louisiana farmers and rural communities are a very important component of our economy at home and I do not think it is fair to single them out in this way,” Landrieu said in a written statement. “ I remain committed to a 10-year balanced approach to fix our problems, but neither plan presented today would have done so."The Republican plan would have given President Obama the flexibility to find the $85 Billion in cuts but not increased revenue. It too failed by a 38-52 vote.
Senator Landrieu voted against the Republican plan while Senator Vitter supported it."I am strongly in favor of a balanced approach to fix our debt and deficit problems in a way that has the least negative effect on the promising economic recovery underway across the country," Landrieu said. "However, I could not vote for either proposal today - one of which refused to raise any additional revenue and the other that would disproportionally take the cut out of agriculture."