GOP keeps budget pressure on Democrats in weekly address
May 5th, 2012
06:00 AM ET
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GOP keeps budget pressure on Democrats in weekly address

(CNN) – Sen. Bob Corker continued Republicans’ pressure on his Democratic colleagues to pass a federal budget, pointing out in his party’s weekly address Saturday that the Democrat-led Senate has not done so in three years.

"Last Sunday marked three years since the Senate has passed a budget," Corker said. "The federal government, which spends more than $3.5 trillion a year - much of it borrowed from outside the United States - has no guideline for how that money is spent."

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But a budget passed by both houses seems unlikely in an election year, especially considering Sen. Harry Reid's February assessment that "we don't need to do it" this year because the debt ceiling deal set federal spending levels.

Reid, the body's Democratic leader, would be the one to schedule a vote on a budget favorable to Democrats, such as the one published by the Obama Administration in February.

That $3.8 trillion plan - which is unpalatable to Republicans - includes a tax increase on the rich and prioritizes jobs and infrastructure over deficit reduction.

Democrats are no fans of House Republicans' plan - a $3.5 billion measure that would replace $55 billion in defense cuts with cuts to other programs, modify funding for Medicare and Medicaid, and slash federal spending below the caps agreed to in last summer's debt ceiling deal.

Some Republicans have characterized the caps as ceilings, rather than an agreed upon level of federal spending.

Both the president’s plan and the House’ Republicans plan – which passed along party lines in March and is closely associated with the chamber’s Budget Committee chair, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin – are seen as election year political documents.

The last budget to pass both houses was a $3.4 trillion plan that survived along a party line vote. That was April 2009.

"Failing to accomplish even the most basic responsibility of government is a total failure of leadership and represents everything the American people hate about Washington," Corker said in his address. "Washington's lack of courage to deal with out-of-control spending is only adding to the sense of uncertainty among investors and potential small businesses owners."

To the government, budgets are policy blueprints. It has continued to function - and spend - without one because the authority to spend happens through appropriations measures.

Since the era of modern budgeting began in 1983, both houses of Congress have not enacted a budget four times, according to the nonpartisan fact check group PolitiFact. In three of the four cases, Republicans controlled both houses, and once, the Democrat-led Senate did not pass a plan.

Last May, the Senate rejected both the president's proposal and a Republican budget passed by the House.

That led to the government being funded by seven short-term measures, many enacted after weeks of foreseeable partisan battle as the government was fast approaching shutdown.

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Namejkane sfl romneycare, l didnt mean it, its not my fault, ann made me do it ,im sorry conservaties, who needs romney care anyway, i dont

    Dems don't pass a budget because the republicans keep attaching their extrmest riders to the bills which they know the Dems won't pass. This has been their plan all along to block every thing the Dems try to move the country forward . If your stupid and brain dead vote for the republicans and fall for their propaganda .

    May 5, 2012 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  2. T'sah From Virginia

    ►"Failing to accomplish even the most basic responsibility of government is a total failure of leadership and represents everything the American people hate about Washington," ◄

    "Failing to accomplish even the most basic responsibility of government with a DO NOTHING Congress whose number one goal was to say NO to EVERYTHING and try to make President Obama a "one-term President" is a total failure of the Republicans and represents everything the American People hate about the TP-run Congress!!!

    Obama – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    May 5, 2012 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  3. The Greedy Old Pigs declared class war on US!

    The GOBP cult plan, as reflected by the Rmoney and Paul "The Undertaker" Ryan proposals, are deficit INCREASE plans. Only President Obama and Ron Paul have proposed deficit REDUCTION plans. So it's pretty ludicrous for the GOBP cult to be trotting out their mindless true believers to spout their nonsense about "fiscal responsibility" when history, and the GOBP cult's own proposals, demonstrate the GOBP cult's massive failure in the "fiscal responsibility" department.

    May 5, 2012 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  4. dan5404

    Have you not noticed? The GOP House will not approve anything Obama proposes, and if something threatens to pass they filibuster. If it does not include their extremist policies, it is a waste of time, so why bother?

    May 5, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  5. dan5404

    Have you not noticed? The GOP House will not approve anything Obama proposes, and if something threatens to pass in the Senate, they filibuster. If it does not include their extremist policies, it is a waste of time, so why bother?
    Block it, but complain because nothing passes...typical right wing propaganda.

    May 5, 2012 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  6. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    if the only option Congress has is passing the Ryan Budget then as far as I'm concerned they can just continue going on without a budget passed. And as the article later says it's not just the Democrats that have failed to pass a budget. Enough of the finger pointing and blame placing which both parties seem to do so well. With an 11% approval rating you would think these dimbulbs would get the message.

    May 5, 2012 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  7. Living in the REAL world

    Democrats won't pass a budget and show the American people where all the money goes because they know it would get them thrown out of office. Well, the gig is over for them anyways. The American people will not tolerate any more of this fiscal irresponsibility. They've bankrupted the country and just don't care.

    May 5, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  8. Gurgyl

    Bain capital is for the dteroment of USA. Iran War is coming with bain capital...

    May 5, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  9. george of the jungle

    so didn't the president say to use half the money being saved from the iraq war and put it on the budget????

    May 5, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  10. NameCatmandew

    It is poor leadership on the presidents part. More proof he doesn't have the ability to do what is best for the USA.Maybe this will open everyones eyes to his poor performance as president.

    May 5, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  11. jake

    Republicans are such a waste of time, money, and space. They are opposed to anything that benefits people. Somehow, in their twisted thinking they believe their job is to serve the rich and corporations, not the people that elected them. They all need to be voted out of office, every single one of them. Then maybe they will understand what it means to serve the people they are sworn to serve.

    May 5, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  12. jake

    People who hide money in secret Swiss Bank Accounts are either:

    A. Trying to evade paying US taxes on money they have that is undeclared to their own government.
    B. Involved in money laundering, receiving money in a manner that would be illegal by another party.
    C. Involved in a criminal enterprise in which money is obtained through criminal activity.
    D. Hiding their true wealth for their own personal reasons or agenda to obtain a benefit.

    Which of the above would Romney appear to be, A, B, C, D, or all of the above. He is hiding money, that is a known fact. So which one?

    May 5, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  13. Donkey Party

    Typical GOP, wanting to pass their budget, and letting the burden of paying for it fall on seniors, the middle class, and the poor. Civil War 2 is coming, and it's going to hasten the GOP's trip to extinction (and to Hell).

    May 5, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  14. jake

    Ever looked at the people standing behind Romney? They are all white as if America was 100% white.
    Ever looked at the people standing behind Obama? They look like real America, white, black, asians, latinos, etc.
    Is there something wrong here?

    May 5, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  15. Mike in Texas

    Republicans lost all credibility regarding borrowing, debt and deficits when they ran Congress from 2001-2007. Their reckless abandoned put us in the shape we are now.

    Clinton and a Republican congress balanced the budget through spending cuts and tax increases. The Republican Congress back then realized that there was no way in hell they could balance a budget on spending cuts alone.

    This current crop of Republicans are beholden to Grover Norquist and wont' raise taxes for fear of not being re elected, so instead they want to make the poorest suffer more. Boehner, Cantor, McConnell and their ilk are spineless cowards who want to put special interests ahead of the average guy.

    May 5, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  16. Obamawins

    First of all. Let us see the
    Rethuglicans pass Pre Os job bill

    They are the party of "do NOTHINGS" and they have the gall to shout out that the Dem party "lacks leadership!"

    Another richie Rethug. Political gets away calling out the Dem party. Totally absurd.

    Aside...where are the articles the MSM should be calling out the Rethugs on current gas price drop? Nope! Once again, mSM is silent on this BIG story.

    Astounding how MSM is controlling the current rhetoric.

    May 5, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |