American Elephants

Do They Have Budget Counselors for Congressional Democrats? by The Elephant's Child

April 15, we mentioned once before, was not only tax day, but the day that was the deadline for Congress to pass a budget. Democrats have, as yet not even introduced one, nor do they intend to.  If they introduced a budget, then they would be on record about the immense future deficits that their policies will create.  Democrats have a 77 seat majority in the House and an 18 seat majority in the Senate.  Filibusters don’t work on budgetary matters.

Majority Leader Steny Hoyer made official Tuesday morning what most insiders have known for months: Congress won’t do a budget this year.

Instead, Democrats are pushing an alternative route that falls well short of the more rigorous annual budget resolution — a short-term resolution that will call for discretionary spending lower than in President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2011 budget. But he said Congress wouldn’t take longer-term budget action before hearing from Obama’s fiscal commission in December. Republicans have lambasted Democrats for not passing a budget resolution, saying that’s the first time it’s happened since 1976.

The primary responsibility of Congress under the Constitution
is to pass a budget for the federal government.

Minority Leader John Boehner sent out a statement that said:  “We regret to inform you that the congressional budget for fiscal year 2011 has been canceled due to Washington Democrats’ out-of-control spending spree.”

Representative Gerry Connolly told the LA Times that no member of Congress ever lost an election because of a failure to pass a budget.  Democrats believe that.

Never in history has a Congress failed to even
bring a budget to the floor.

Instead they are going to vote on a fake budget.  Instead they will pass a “deeming resolution” to fund government programs while not mentioning the red ink.  They really don’t want to show a lot of red ink in an election year.  A traditional budget resolution sets discretionary spending levels and lays out the fiscal policies for future years.  So-called “deeming resolutions” set spending caps but lack the statement on future spending and tax policies — and that is what they are trying to hide.

Their fake budget would be attached to war funding, oil spill aid, and — the president’s favored $20 billion bailout of public sector unions.  Where cap-and-trade or its equivalent fits into this picture, I don’t know.  We are told that cap-and-trade is dead but everyone keeps talking about the supposedly dead body.

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