The Budget Games

April 23, 2012

The Budget Games

Both sides of the aisle have taken turns blaming each other for our nation’s fiscal situation. After years of talk, will we actually see action?

WE’VE HEARD THE RHETORIC; WHERE’S THE RESPONSIBILITY?

  • The Last Passed Budget Resolution
  • Economic Snapshot
  • What They’re Saying

The Last Passed Budget Resolution

The last time Congress completed the budget process was on April 29, 20091.

  • The House passed the conference report for the budget on April 29, 2009, by a vote of 233 – 1932.
  • The Senate passed the conference report for the budget on April 29, 2009, by a vote of 53 – 433.

Economic Snapshot

Today, 5.3 million Americans have spent over 27 weeks looking for work.4 Additionally, since President Obama took office in 2009, the public debt has increased nearly 47% as of this date.  (To be clear, we rounded down to 45 percent in the video.)5.

What They’re Saying

In both the House and the Senate, key political players have involved themselves in smearing the opposition while the country continues to wait on a long-term plan for fiscal sustainability:

Sen. Kent Conrad, Chair of the Senate Budget Committee (D-North Dakota)

Brit Hume: We’re now approaching three years since a budget was passed, and you’re about to retire. How do you feel about that?
Conrad: I feel good about retiring; that’s for sure.6

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin)

They didn’t want their fingerprints on a plan. That’s why they didn’t pass a budget the last two years.7

Sen. Chris Coons (D-Delaware)

The reality is we’re not going to get a budget resolution out of the Senate.8

Sen. Kent Conrad, Chair of the Senate Budget Committee (D-North Dakota)

There’s very little chance we’re going to get the two sides together before the election.9

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama)

The leadership in this body won’t even bring up a budget. He said it was foolish.10

Sen. Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader (D-Nevada)

House Republicans are going to make another excuse, create another diversion, and avoid another tough choice.11

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio)

The Senate’s done nothing. There’ve been no markups over in the Senate. There ain’t even been any effort in the Senate, three years, three years and they’ve failed to move a budget.12

Sen. Kent Conrad, Chair of the Senate Budget Committee (D-North Dakota)

What we don’t have is a longer-term plan. 13

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri)

The reason we didn’t get a budget last year is because Mitch McConnell objected.14

Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Arizona)

Senate Democrats now for the third year in a row will not have passed a budget. That’s their job.15

Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nevada)

We’re not doing our jobs, we’re not doing our business, and the American people are suffering because of it.16

 

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  1. Washington Post. Congress is addicted to stop-gap budgets. September 30, 2011. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra- klein/post/congress-is-addicted-to-stop-gapbudgets/2011/09/30/gIQAXa1dAL_blog.html
  2. U.S. House of Representatives. Roll Call 216 S CON RES 13 On Agreeing to the Conference Report. April 29th, 2009. http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2009/roll216.xml
  3. U.S. Senate. Roll call 173 S CON RES 13 On Agreeing to the Conference Report. April 29th, 2009. http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=1&vote=00173
  4. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Accessed April 16, 2012. http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS14000000
  5. Percent calculated by (15,660,736,663,887.96-10,626,877,048,913.08)/10,626,877,048,913.08.
    Source: Treasury Department. Debt to the Penny. Accessed April 20, 2012. http://www.treasurydirect.gov/NP/BPDLogin?application=np
  6. Senate Budget Committee: Chairman Conrad on Fox News Sunday. April 10, 2012. Time – 00:45. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=MMf8hb2CVM8
  7. Senate Budget Committee: Chairman Conrad on Fox News Sunday. April 10, 2012. Time – 03:52. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=MMf8hb2CVM8
  8. Morning Joe. April 11, 2012. 7:18 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6oMz5S59aM&feature=youtu.be
  9. Senate Budget Committee: Chairman Conrad on Fox News Sunday. April 10, 2012. Time – 03:20. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=MMf8hb2CVM8
  10. Budget GOP. “White House, Senate Dem Leaders Fear Open and Honest Budget”. February 15, 2012. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYPmvvh49ik
  11. CSPAN. Budget Negotiations. April 6, 2011. Time – 8:52:25. http://www.c-spanvideo.org/appearance/599799775
  12. The Daily Caller. “Boehner on Budget: The Senate has ‘done nothing’ for three years”. March 23, 2012. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCyfwxngoQI
  13. Senate Budget Committee: Chairman Conrad on Fox News Sunday. April 10, 2012. Time – 02:47. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=MMf8hb2CVM8
  14. CNN. Why No Budget Deal. Time – 2:50. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W86-k8W7oaw
  15. Budget GOP Senior Senate Dem Gets Law Wrong Trying To Explain Missing Budget July 31,2011.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifvp5P7U5AU
  16. Dean Heller. Heller’s No Budget, No Pay Act Highlighted on CNN. March 15, 2012. http://heller.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/videos?ID=ca349993-0b1c-4eb0-834f-341e739fae81

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