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  • Hoyer Makes it Official - Congress Shuns Budget Duties

    The term ‘fiscal responsibility’ is en vogue in Washington these days.  Lawmakers have been quick to claim they will tackle the federal government’s impending financial crisis, a claim showcased by the President’s commission to reduce the federal deficit.  But Congress’ recent behavior proves they are no more serious about reining in spending than they were before, exposing the deficit commission for the fig leaf that it really is.

    Yesterday, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) announced that, for the first time since 1974, the House will not pass a budget resolution this year.  Since the Budget Act of 1974, Congress has been unable to conference a budget resolution only four times: in 1998, 2002, 2004, and 2006.  But in every one of these years, the House fulfilled its obligation to American taxpayers to create a budget.  This year, however, this will not be the case.

    Without a House budget, no final and binding budget can be enacted.  As the House Rules Committee website explains, “The budget resolution provides Congress with the opportunity to lay out its spending, revenue, borrowing and economic goals and serves as the vehicle for imposing internal budget discipline through established enforcement mechanisms.”  No budget means no caps on discretionary spending, and makes it severely unlikely that the Bush tax cuts will be extended, raising taxes on low- and middle-income families in the midst of a recession.

    Most importantly, though, the failure to pass a budget this year makes lawmakers’ priorities crystal clear: they’ve simply been too busy increasing spending to actually think about controlling it.  63 percent of Americans believe Obamacare will add to the federal deficit.  At the beginning of this year, Congress increased the debt ceiling to $14.3 trillion to accommodate more spending.  And the budget proposed by President Obama promises to create record deficits in years to come.

    Members of Congress may point to the President’s deficit commission as an excuse for this negligent behavior, but this is a cop out.  As Heritage’s budget expert Brian Riedl writes, “Congress is under deadline to finance the FY 2011 spending bills before September 30—well before the commission is even scheduled to release its report. Furthermore, the commission itself is focused on longer-term budget issues, such as reducing the deficit by 2015. Finally, there is no guarantee that the deficit commission will even come up with a budget plan that can achieve the required support of 14 of its 18 commission members as well as sufficient congressional support.”

    Clearly, Congress is unwilling to be held accountable for its reckless behavior or to take the tough action necessary to reverse it.  Instead, lawmakers will continue to talk the talk of fiscal responsibility but walk—no run— at a breakneck pace towards larger deficits.  Greece, here we come.

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    22 Responses to Hoyer Makes it Official - Congress Shuns Budget Duties

    1. troy, Alabama says:

      these are the most detestible, evil, reprobates ever unleashed on this country. thanks to all you America hating Obama zombies. I can't even sleep at night knowing your there in the hallowed halls devising more evil. God himself will laugh at your destruction. Hell awaits.

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    3. Michael Duclos, New says:

      These cowards must go. Once elected, we have all experienced the pork, the bailouts, the handouts and the deficits they will create. http://newbroomparty.org

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    5. Bill MN says:

      we need to enact clawback provisions towards elected officials, seize the wealth of those who gamed the system to make themselves rich. upon completion of an elected term any politician(Tom Delay) who makes millions in "consulting fees" just for selling access to his roledex should be taxed at a rate of 101% thats right. Companies who buy these hacks and pay them millions should be taxed at 150% of what they are paying these clowns. Make buying a politician not worth it.I once read a book about a free market economy that would seize all the assets of elected officials and hold them until the end of thier terms. However much the economy increased or decreased so did thier assets. The worst thing you could do to a competetor was nominate them for office.

    6. Tim AZ says:

      Willing or not they will be held accountable for their willful acts of treasonous contempt upon the American citizenry for at least the next two election cycles.

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    8. stirling, Pennsylvan says:

      I'm sure they aren't making a budget since that would involve putting real numbers and names on a public doccument, thereby taking responsibility for something.

    9. RennyG Maryland says:

      Is this Protecting the people of the United States??

      Why are ue not using the legal system to counter irresponsibility, or is it because the community organizer has that area in the palm of his hands along with the unions??

      If we wait for the voting process and "fail," we have had it. Can't we see how he is loading his guns for this election.


    10. BJ Ft. Myers Fl says:

      This administration and congress is looking out for their own jobs and for no one else. If they were to pass a budget as they are suppose to, they would then tell the American people that they have no intention of slowing down the spending deficit. They have no desire to do anything that would put their jobs in harms way. It would be assumed that they have no problem putting the American people in harms way due to their neglegence.

      They need to be removed from office and let someone who really cares for the American people step up and take the reins.

    11. BOB DEBIASE , MARINA says:


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    13. Drew Page, IL says:

      What possible difference does it make whether or not these bozos submit a budget? Even if they had prepared and submitted a budget, they would promptly ignore it a spend whatever they wanted.

      The hypocracy of this administration is palpable. Following Obama's and the Democrats massive spending on the Stimulus, the bailouts of GM and Chrysler, AIG and Goldman Sachs and Health Care Reform, Mr. Obama signs "Pay-Go" legislation into law, which required any new legislation had to be funded within the existing budget. The VERY NEXT piece legislation Mr. Obama signed into law was the extension of unemployment compensation. When a lone Congressman held up passage, asking where the money was going to come from since there was no item in the budget for it, Obama and his Democrat majority wanted to boil the guy in oil. The Congressman was villified in most every media outlet and even the Republicans didn't have the courage to back up their own Congressman and of course, the bill passed.

      By definition, a budget is limiting. This administration and this President have repeatedly shown they do not intend to have their spending limited by anything or anyone. Budgets? Budgets, senore? We ain't got no budget. WE DON'T NEED NO STINKING BUDGET!!!

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    17. Jo Mauro says:

      Let the government shut down. The liberal democrats had since last year when they had full control of the house and senate to balance the budget. They don;t know what the word "balance " means. They are a tax and spend out of control

      party and a mence to America. If the government shuts down, it will be the socialist on the left that caused the shut down and the demise of the democratics

      socialist party.

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