By Joel Gehrke Commentary Staff Writer, April 29, 2012
Senate Democrats have avoided passing a budget for three straight years as of today. What’s more, Democratic senators are surprisingly open in admitting they won’t pass one this year, either, in order to avoid an embarrassing vote before this fall’s election.
“This is the wrong time to vote in committee; this is the wrong time to vote on the floor,” Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D. said on April 18th. “I don’t think we will be prepared to vote before the election.” In a sense, it was indeed the wrong time. Senate Democrats had already missed the legal deadline for submitting a budget resolution (April 15th) as they had in the two previous years.
“For three years, in the midst of fiscal crisis, the party running the Senate refused to even attempt to produce their financial plan in willful and knowing defiance of the law,” Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., said in a statement on this three-year anniversary of the last Senate budget.
He added that “neither [Obama] nor his Senate majority has any business asking the American people to send one more dime in new taxes to this dysfunctional government.”