Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Democrats, Republicans, NO Budget, Who’s to Blame?

A reminder from my February 15, 2011 post:

“First, let’s clarify a few things in relation to the federal budget.

1) The President proposes the federal budget.

2) Congress writes and passes the federal budget.

3) At the present time, the fiscal year begins on October 1 of the current year and continues until September 30 of the next year.

4) President Bush’s first proposed budget was for fiscal year October 1, 2001-September 30, 2002.

5) President Obama’s first proposed budget was for fiscal year October 1, 2009-September 30, 2010.

6) Once a President takes office in January after his election the previous November, he may propose changes to the current budget. However, it is Congress which must approve those proposed changes.


Furthermore, The present fiscal year budget—2010-2011—should have been passed before last October 1st and therefore before the November election of 2010. At that time, the Democrats controlled both the House of Representatives and the Senate by large margins and therefore should have been able to pass a budget. The budget was the responsibility of the Democrats. The Democrats failed in their responsibility to pass a budget. Also, the House of Representatives has passed a proposed budget. The yearly budget is presently in the hands of the Senate having been passed in the House! The House of Representatives is currently controlled by the Republicans! The Senate is currently controlled by the Democrats but not by the margin they previously held! The 2011-2012 budget is suppose to be passed before October 1 of this year! Why are we still dealing with the 2010-2011 budget?

The continuing resolution that is now funding the federal government expires March 18th. Unless the Senate passed a budget last night we are approaching another impasse. (Okay. I checked the tops stories on the web and none mentioned the budget being passed. I didn’t expect it to happen.) As I posted yesterday, H.R. 1, the House passed budget bill, was easily defeated in the Senate. The bill needed 60 votes to continue and didn’t even receive 50. All Republicans voted for the bill except for three conservative Senators—Senators DeMint, Paul, and Lee who wanted even larger cuts than the $61 billion in the House bill—and all Democrats voted against the bill. The substitute Democratic bill received even less votes than the Republican House bill with all Republicans voting against the bill and a few Democrats also voting in opposition.

The Democrats had approximately one year to pass a budget bill in 2010, including during the lame duck session after the November election, and couldn’t or wouldn’t pass one. The Republicans in the House of Representatives in approximately two months passed a budget bill—H.R. 1. The bill is now stalled—dead in the water—in the Senate.

The Republicans gained over 60 seats in the House of Representatives in the November election. At least one of the mandates coming out of that election was for Congress to CUT federal spending. The House bill cut proposed federal spending by $61 billion—less than 2% of the proposed 2010-2011 budget. Some conservatives, including me, do not believe those cuts are enough, although they are a start. The Democrats in the Senate refused to cut even that small amount. They called the cuts “mean spirited.” Their substitute bill drew even less support than the Republican bill even though the Democrats still hold a six vote majority in the Senate—47 Republicans to 53 Democrats. The bill is now stalled—dead in the water—in the Senate.

Who is to blame for this impasse? As far as I am concerned, the voting public has before them the obvious conclusion. THE DEMOCRATS!!!

Six months into this budget year and the budget bill is now stalled—dead in the water—in the Senate. Why? Because of THE DEMOCRATS!!!

Just another obvious example of why it is time to TAKE BACK the NATION!!!