The Senate and its Budget

There is a 70’s law that requires Congress to pass a budget every year for the U.S. Government. In the last three years, the Senate has blocked any efforts to even put a budget on the table much less debate its provisions or even pass one. The Washington Times reports that the Democrats punt on Senate budget bill for 3rd year

““It’s hard to negotiate with somebody who won’t tell you where they are,” said Sen. Jeff Sessions, the ranking Republican on the Budget Committee, who said Mr. Conrad was breaking a promise he made to debate and vote on a budget.

Hanging over the discussion is Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, who had steadfastly said he would not bring a budget to the floor this year — and who, Republicans said, pressured Mr. Conrad into complying.”

This is a case of the people who make the law flouting the law. The reason appears to be strictly political. Putting a budget on the table is putting a target up. It shows your values and principles and priorities. If those values and principles and priorities are such that they make you feel guilty or might cause your constituents to question your behavior, you certainly don’t want them visible.

The House, since the Republicans won a majority in the last election, has offered up a budget. The Republicans in the Senate have pushed for a budget. These efforts stopped at the desk of the Senate majority leader who will not schedule any time for a budget on the floor.

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