Senate Democrats: We Probably Won’t Pass A Budget Next Year Either

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Under a Democrat majority, and under the leadership of outgoing Senate Budget Committee chairman Kent Conrad, the US Senate hasn’t passed a budget since fiscal year 2009.

Now Conrad is on his way out, having retired rather than face re-election, and the incoming chair of the Senate Budget Committee is saying the nation will probably go a fourth year without a budget:

This past year, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said a budget was not necessary because the top-line spending number for appropriations was set in the August 2011 debt-ceiling deal.

Murray said that an agreement to avoid the “fiscal cliff,” the looming $600 billion in tax increases and spending cuts set to strike in January, could preclude having to pass a Senate budget next year.

“I am committed to working with our committee and with our Congress to put a budget in place but there are a lot of questions in front of us: What happens in the next two weeks, six weeks, year? Does the White House and the leadership come together on some solution to the budget that we have right now that precludes a budget being written next year?” she said. “I have no idea.”

The federal government subsidizes puppets on television. They pass laws manipulating what we drive, what we eat and how we power our homes. The federal government even regulates the number of pepperonis that must be on a pizza before it can be sold across state lines.

But what they haven’t done since 2008, and what they apparently won’t do again for at least another year, is one of the most basic functions of government which is passing a budget.

Unbelievable.

But this is what Americans voted for. The election results maintained the status quo in Washington, and so this is what we’re getting. More of the same.

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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  • Captornado

    Quit your whining the FSA doesn’t care about such trivial things! They just want their damn smart phones!

  • Mike

    No federal budget? Then the House should say No Farm Bill. Hold something hostage until we get a comprehensive national budget. This is crap.

  • kevindf

    Gaylord put the budget on auto-pilot with the lame “Budget Control Act.”

  • Thresherman

    Nothing says “fiscal responibility” like ignoring your fiscal responsibilities.

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  • SigFan

    It seems to me that when people aren’t doing the job they were hired to do one of two things should happen – either they don’t get paid or they get fired. I would be happy to vote for both consequences for these sniveling little fools.

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