NRCC - Why Can’t Carol Shea-Porter and Her Party Bosses Pass a Budget?

Democrats Likely to Go ‘Off the Books’ to Continue Job-Killing Spending Spree

Washington- As Democrats look for ways to continue their runaway spending agenda, the political backlash may have finally caught up to them. Just a year after passing a $3.6 trillion budget, Carol Shea-Porter and her fellow Democrats look ready to punt on passing a budget for the upcoming year in order to avoid the hit of another round of votes for more spending, higher taxes, and a bigger deficit:

“If [Democrats] fail to pass a budget, they’ll be portrayed as ineffective. But there could also be peril for other politically vulnerable Democratic lawmakers if they are forced to vote on a blueprint that’s covered in red ink.

“The Senate Budget Committee’s version anticipates a deficit of nearly $1.3 trillion in fiscal 2011 – down a bit from the 2010 projection but an eye-popping figure nonetheless.” (Jonathan Allen, “Budget looms over midterm elections,” Politico, 5/10/10)

If Shea-Porter and her colleagues fail to pass a budget, it would mark a new low for this dysfunctional majority. The House has passed a budget every year since current budget rules were put into place:

”Skipping a budget resolution this year, a move House Democrats are considering, would be unprecedented.

“The House has never failed to pass an annual budget resolution since the current budget rules were put into place in 1974, according to a Congressional Research Service report.” (Walter Alarkon, “House Has Passed Budget Resolution Every Year Since Budget Act, According to Study,” The Hill, 4/14/10)

As the free-spending majority looks for political cover for its government spending spree, Democrats are finding their own words coming back to haunt them:

“In 2006, as Democrats were pushing to take control of the House and Republicans were hamstrung by their own budget woes, [Now-Chairman of the Budget Committee John Spratt (D-SC)] said: ‘If you can’t budget, you can’t govern.’ (Jonathan Allen, “Budget looms over midterm elections,” Politico, 5/10/10)

“Carol Shea-Porter and her party bosses are running for political cover, but that doesn’t change their record of runaway spending at the expense of a healthy economy,” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “Middle-class families are doing everything they can to tighten their belts, trim their own budgets, and spend responsibly during these difficult times. Shea-Porter is doing the exact opposite, and even worse, she refuses to be up-front about her party’s spending plans. While Americans are asking for less spending and more jobs, it looks like all Shea-Porter is interested in is hiding from the job-killing spending spree she continues to endorse.”