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.
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.