Senator Evan Bayh D-IN proclaimed today on MSNBC’s Morning Joe the beginning of a new group of conservative Democrats that could work to block Obama’s budget priorities.
The group, which is composed of 14 Senate Democrats and Joe LiebermanI-CT, are the same Senators who met two weeks ago to discuss how centrists can assert more leverage on the policy debates that are dominating Congress. The goal of Bayh’s “Moderate Dems Working Group” is to “work with the Senate leadership and the new administration to craft common-sense solutions to urgent national problems,” according to the press release. “You have to get the 60 votes in the Senate and that’s going to be hard and it will take the centrists to get there. We want to help make the changes we need and that’s what our group is all about,” Bayh told MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough.
In addition to Senators Bayh and Lieberman, others joining the group are Tom Carper of Delaware, Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, Mark Udall and Michael Bennet of Colorado, Mark Begich of Alaska, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Herb Kohl of Wisconsin, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Bill Nelson of Florida, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, and Mark Warner of Virginia.