Today’s not just tax day, it’s also budget day
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Today is Tax Day – the day we must file our tax returns. Today, millions of Americans across the country are doing one of their most important budgeting tasks all year – they’re preparing, postmarking and filing their taxes with the IRS.
Americans have spent countless hours and untold dollars pouring over receipts and statements and consulting with counselors and accountants making sure every figure was accurate and every form signed. Americans have been diligent in fulfilling this commitment because it is their responsibility.
Well, Congress also has a responsibility and today is a due date for it as well. Unfortunately, Congress is ignoring its responsibility. It is ignoring its deadline. It’s ignoring its commitment.
According to the Budget Act of 1974, Congress is required to pass a budget resolution on or before April 15th each year. As the law states, “On or before April 15 of each year, the Congress shall complete action on a concurrent resolution on the budget for the fiscal year beginning on October 1 of such year.” But Congress is blatantly and unapologetically ignoring its responsibility to pass a budget.
After taking two weeks off, what have our elected representatives been doing this week? There haven’t been any sleepless nights preparing a budget. Instead, Congress voted on a bill supporting the goals of National Library Week. They also voted on a bill commending Boise State and the University of Idaho on their football teams’ bowl wins in 2009 and 2010. Libraries and football are great, but we need a budget folks!