Sunday, February 5, 2012

Reid (D) Announces Democrats Will Not Bring a Budget to The Floor This Year

Not to surprising given they have not done so for more then 1,000 days. It is not like there is a law requiring them to submit a budget or anything though; oh wait, there is.

"Senate Democratic leaders on Friday said they do not intend to bring a fiscal 2013 budget up for a floor vote.

"We do not need to bring a budget to the floor this year — it's done, we don't need to do it," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told reporters on Friday.

Reid and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) argued that the debt-limit agreement in August directs spending for the next year and said Senate Appropriations Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) has already asked the heads of the subcommittees to write their appropriations bills for fiscal 2013.
House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who is working on his own budget plan, tweeted Friday that Senate Democrats "‪confirm they’ve given up on budgeting. What a disgrace. Reid's refusal to budget is a recipe for crisis.‬"

Ryan has said that Democrats should be embarrassed to claim the debt deal as their blueprint because it "fell far, far short of solving this country’s fiscal problems."

“It’s been more than 1,000 days since Senate Democrats have offered a budget plan to the American people," Jeff Sessions (Ala.), the ranking Republican on the budget committee, said in a statement. “Now, once again, the Senate’s ineffectual Democrat majority balks at the task of leadership.”

Sessions argued Senate Democrats don’t want to spell out a long-term budget plan for fear of public scrutiny.

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