Welcome Back Senators, It’s Time to Pass a Budget
September 08, 2011
This week the House and Senate returnfrom their August recess. Unfortunately, that’s where the similarities betweenthe two chambers end. It has been almost 900 days since the Senate last passeda budget, violatingthe 1974 Budget Act that requires an annual budget. In fact, in the run up to the looming October 1stdeadline to pass the 12 annual appropriations bills which fund the government,the Senate has acted on only one – the Veterans Affairs and MilitaryConstruction bill. Meaning that because of the Senate’s inaction, thegovernment is now at risk of shutting down at the end of this month.
Failing to pass a budget is simply unacceptable.American families and seniors don’t have the luxury to spend as they please,with no plan or limit. While the House has acted and passed a responsible andforward thinking budget which begins to tackle the budget mess in Washington,we’ve heard nothing on what the world’s greatest deliberative body plans to doabout our nation’s financial health.
In fact, when the Democrat controlledSenate was presented with the budget plan of their own President every single SenateDemocrat voted against President Obama’s budget. In addition, every singleSenate Democrat voted against the House-passed budget authored by Rep. PaulRyan. The Senate has yet to support any concrete plan offered by the House, oreven the vague plan offered by the President. This all comes while they havefailed to even describe what they’re for.
The timehas come for the Senate to provide a road map for shoring up our nation’sfinances and to balance our budget. Simply doing nothing is not an acceptablecourse of action. American’s expect better of our representatives in theSenate. Voters will remember who lead and who failed to lead come next November,when a third of the Senate is up for reelection.