Democrats Say Republicans Are “Endangering The Economy” Because Their Budget Sets Spending Too Low

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According to Democrats, including Senator Kent Conrad (who chairs the Budget Committee which hasn’t produced a budget since FY2009), Republicans are “reneging” on last year’s debt deal because House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan’s new budget sets discretionary spending at $1.028 trillion instead of $1.047 trillion.

Meaning they’re upset because the House budget doesn’t spend enough money. Which, in this age of annual budget deficits over $1 trillion, seems like a silly complaint.

Senate Democrats today pushed back hard against Paul Ryan’s budget, even uttering the dirty “S” word around Capitol Hill: shutdown.

“We will be moving forward with appropriations bills at the level everyone agreed to just last year,” Senate Budget Chairman Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., said at a news conference this morning., ”House Republicans, I hope, will do the same. If they fail to do so, they will once again threaten to shut down the government and needlessly imperil the economic recovery.”

Senate Democrats insist that Republicans adhere to spending levels agreed to in the Budget Control Act, as negotiated during the debt debate that dominated Capitol Hill late last year. Ryan’s proposal, unveiled today, lowers the discretionary spending cap from $1.047 trillion that was agreed upon in last years’ Budget Control Act to $1.028 trillion for FY2013.

The Budget Control Act Republicans agreed to certainly did set a spending cap at $1.047, but it was just that. A cap. The agreement didn’t stipulate that spending had to be at that cap level. It just stated that spending couldn’t be more than that cap.

Republicans are aiming to come in under that cap. Given the nation’s woeful fiscal situation, that’s admirable.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • Captornado

    Just go away already Comrade Conrad.

  • Camsaure

    Where does Berg stand on this one this time?

  • Camsaure

    Conrat threatining a shutdown? Govt shutdown could very well save us some money also. Didn’t Conrat and his lefty/progressive friends learn anything from the Minn. shutdown?

  • fedupny

    Are they serious?! 
    “Endangering The Economy” over $19B?

    Let them shut down!

  • mikemc1970

    OH NO! How ever will the Dems get their campaign kickbacks if there is less money to spread around to their cronies? Sad days indeed when politicians have to feel the recessionary pinch as well.

  • borborygmi


  • Econwarrior

    Spending is the result of prosperity, not the cause of it.

  • mickey_moussaoui

    Four more years of obama and there wont be an economy to worry about.

  • Gern Blanston

    Can the Dems once again get away with being the party of no in the budget debate?  Isn’t it getting a little obvious -even to the mind-numbed masses – that they don’t pass budgets and therefore are the PROBLEM with our legislative bodies? They don’t even OFFER budgets anymore and haven’t for years.

    • $8194357

      But every one knows the evil Republicans are the party of “NO”….

      I say we conservitives should be the Party of “Hell no”…

  • $8194357

    Funny thing about that…
    My banker wouldn’t let me spend more and go farther in debt to prime my pump like I told him leftists in DC taught me to do…
    Go figure, huh?