I wrote about the Progressives’ attitude to the law last fall. Here’s another demonstration of their view.
By now it’s well known that, in direct contravention of the law, the Democratic Party-controlled Senate has declined to produce a budget for over 1,000 days. Now the Senate Majority Leader, harry Reid (D, UT) has openly stated that he will refuse to allow the Senate to produce anything related for FY2013. Budget? We ain’t got no budgets. We don’t need no budgets! I don’t have to show you any stinkin’ budgets! What Reid actually said was just as fictitious. Referring to last summer’s debt-limit deal, he claimed:
We do not need to bring a budget to the floor this year — it’s done, we don’t need to do it[.]
And his other pet, Senator Charles Schumer (D, NY) chimed in:
We have a budget. … It is a total falsity to say we haven’t passed a budget.
Despite this Progressive disdain, though, a budget resolution in the Senate is both legally necessary and highly useful. Such a resolution serves as a blueprint for spending, and it provides a broad outline for the Senate Appropriations Committee’s spending choices.
Congressman Paul Ryan (R, WI) pointed out that the Senate Democrats
fell far, far short of solving this country’s fiscal problems.
and those Democrats
confirm they’ve given up on budgeting. What a disgrace. Reid’s refusal to budget is a recipe for crisis.
Senator Jeff Sessions (R, AL) said, as well (his complete statement is here),
Budget Control Act spending caps [that debt-limit deal], crafted behind closed doors and rushed to passage at the 11th hour under threat of panic, do not even approach the definition of the budget process that the law requires. They are not in any way or any sense a Senate Democrat budget plan.
Stand by for another year of Progressive disdain. Remember it in November.