NRCC - Two Months and Counting: Shea-Porter Has Yet to Produce a Budget

Dems Plow Ahead With Big-Spending, Anti-Jobs Agenda, Ignore Need for Basic Budget

Washington- With two months passed since their April 15 deadline and still no budget produced by Washington Democrats, the majority in Congress continues to miss opportunities to rein in government spending and provide the fiscal discipline needed to create jobs and grow a healthy economy. Since the Congressional Budget Act was adopted in 1974, the House has never failed to pass a budget resolution, but Carol Shea-Porter and the current Democrat majority continue to forge ahead with their out-of-control spending spree and still no budget resolution in sight.

As the Democrats’ agenda of wasteful spending pushes our economy further into the red, many Democrats appear to be resolving the budget resolution issue by simply refusing to pass one at all:

 “Facing the uncomfortable reality that the federal government's 2011 budget shows record levels of red ink, congressional Democrats may resolve the politically thorny situation by simply refusing to pass a budget resolution this election year.

 “With voters in no mood to hear about Washington's $1.3-trillion deficit, some moderate and conservative Democrats say they would rather sit this one out. They have found common cause with liberal colleagues who don't want to pass spending cuts, especially while the economy is still struggling.” (“Budget Woes? Just don’t pass one,” Los Angeles Times, Lisa Mascaro, 5/22/2010)

In a year of anti-incumbent sentiments and a record deficit of $1.3 trillion, Democrats like Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) worry that voting on a budget is a risky decision to make:

 “‘I'm not going to vote for anything with that magnitude [of deficit],’ said Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.), a freshman running for reelection in the fall… ‘It's totally inside baseball.’” (“Budget Woes? Just don’t pass one,” Los Angeles Times, Lisa Mascaro, 5/22/2010)

 “With two months and counting since Carol Shea-Porter and her Washington friends promised the American public a responsible, honest budget, it’s no surprise that this has become another one of the Democrat party’s unfulfilled promises,” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “The longer Shea-Porter and the rest of her party fail to pass a budget, the more they continue to dismiss opportunities to rein in runaway government spending and provide the fiscal discipline needed to create jobs. Instead of piling on to the record-breaking $13 trillion national debt with no budget to outline their spending, Democrats should be evaluating each government program in terms of whether it is worth forcing our children and grandchildren to pay for it.”