Harry Reid: “There’s no need to have a Democratic budget, in my opinion”

Why come up with proposals of your own when you can just roadblock Republican budget proposals and accuse them of being the problem? And keep in mind that Reid is hardly alone in this partisan trickery. Senator Kent Conrad, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, is happy to sit on the sidelines as well.

“There’s no need to have a Democratic budget, in my opinion,” Reid told the Los Angeles Times last week. “It would be foolish for us to do a budget at this stage.” Instead, Reid wants to wait to see if the deficit-reduction meetings led by Vice President Biden bear any fruit. Before that, Reid wanted to wait for the Gang of Six — now nearly defunct — to come up with something.

Sessions was appalled when he read Reid’s words. “It was a fundamental statement that they’re playing politics,” Sessions said. “They don’t think it’s politically smart to produce a budget. They’d rather produce nothing and attack Paul Ryan and the Republicans and think they’re going to gain politically by avoiding their fundamental statutory responsibility. It’s pretty breathtaking to me.”

Reid isn’t alone. The chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, Kent Conrad, is also happy to not produce a budget. Last week, he told reporters that he planned to “defer” work on a 2012 budget indefinitely.

The law requires that the Congress pass a budget by April 15th of every year, and yet the Senate hasn’t passed a budget since April 29th of 2009. Meaning that even as the federal government bailed out banks and nationalized car companies, even as they pushed “cash for clunkers” and passed the biggest government foray into health care since Medicare became law, they’ve been neglecting their most basic responsibility which is managing the budget of the nation.

Keep in mind that House Republicans passed a budget in April – the controversial Ryan budget which includes reforms for Medicare – and while Democrats have attacked that plan they’ve offered no alternatives.

How can they say that they’re serious about addressing the national debt and deficit if they’ll only attack Republican proposals to do so while offering nothing of their own?

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. 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. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • sanity

    The law requires that the Congress pass a budget by April 15th of every year, and yet the Senate hasn’t passed a budget since April 29th of 2009.

    So the question is, what can be done about a Congress that is breaking the Law then?

    • JustRuss

      armed revolt?

    • NDSuperman

      Is a law without consequences really a law?  Maybe this would be defined as a suggestion or guideline.

    • headward

      Congress rarely follows the laws they pass.  They usually exclude themselves from things(Obamacare, SS)

    • suitepotato

      Were there criminal penalties for not obeying that law, or was it as toothless as every other illusory standard they hold themselves to?

  • SigFan

    So Reid and Dorgan and he rest of the cowardly Democrats are following the lead of the jerks in WI that ran away from their responsibility.  Anyone who voted for these POS crooks should hang their heads in shame.  And every single one of them that fail to do their lawful and constitutional duty should be voted or kicked out of office.

  • robert108

    Underneath it all is that  the Dems just want to spend whatever they want to spend, on whatever they want.  The term “budget” implies some limitations in those areas.

  • suitepotato

    Well, if we’re not having a democratic budget, I’m guessing they want to go with an authoritarian one instead.

  • Neiman

    Why should they? The GOP is trying to solve problems and take high risks to solve our nation’s problems and the cowardly Democrats are only too glad to build the fires of the GOP’s own self-incineration. The Liberals know they can cry rivers of tears, yank out the children, toddle out the old folks, people of color and the hated wealthy and the odds are very, very high, based on the past that, they will win with this strategy because the people are mostly fools for that tactic.

    I have said and no one will listen/read – the truth; facts, doing the right thing are not enough, we need a clear, polished message, clear sound bites to convey that message every day all day long, the ability as Ryan has demonstrated on occasion, to speak of the budget in human terms – we need to “cry rivers of tears, yank out the children, toddle out the old folks, people of color” and show the people most impacted how the present Democrat party course is killing these people, destroying their future. Take off the frigging cold hearted accountant green eye shades, take off the blinders that keep us from communicating in real human terms and take our story to the people by skilled communicators, if we have to take them to school first and demand they stay on message, defeating the lies. Or – stop the damn bellyaching and just accept the fact our side has lost. As my late father often said, “crap or get off the pot,” letting someone else use it that knows what they are doing.

    Reid and putz Conrad are right from a military point of view – let the GOP hang themselves; now are we going to get off their scaffold and intelligently, humanely take the fight to the people or just keep crying about how unfair people like Reid are?

  • Bat One

    So Harry Reid doesn’t think his side should participate in the crafting of legislation required by law; doesn’t believe they should be involved in the normal legislative give-and-take; no hearings, no amendments, and of course no votes on what is arguably the most crucial issue facing the nation.

    This Reid guy is a Democrat, right?

  • mickey_moussaoui

    We can pin the lion share of this Obama Recession on the Democrats as it is. Why would they submit to a budget?

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