This is an annual process. The session just began in January. Conrad's been on the budget committee since I can remember and Inouye's been in the senate since 1967.
Do they really expect us to believe that if the House does one thing differently, if they budget for even one penny less than was agreed last August, then between the passage of a budget in April and the end of the fiscal year at the end of September, everything will be thrown all out of kilter and everything will have to be thrown into one big bill and only one vote allowed in the senate.
I repeat. It's March. This is an annual process. And you've been doing this every year for years and yet you can't figure out how to get a bill or several bills to the floor for amendment and votes between now and September 30th? Not to mention that we all know there will be a continuing resolution so everything will be bundled together after the election.
Here's a tip: pass a budget in the senate and then you won't need any input from the House. You can pass your own bills and them meet the House in conference.
This is why they haven't passed a budget, to play these games and inflict fear in the members.
Sorry, forgot to include the url. It’s from Politico.
Doubt that the Senate will pass this bill.
The debt bill keeps on “giving”. They are supposed to do a budget each year, and each year the budget is different, and nobody complains that the new budget doesn’t “honor” the budget from the previous year.
But now they have this “debt bill”, and suddenly they pretend it’s an actual budget, and that further it is inviolate. And worse, it apparently gives the Senate the authority to act without a real budget, giving them cover for a law they’ve been breaking for 2 years.
And somehow, the republicans agreed to ALL of this.
“Here’s a tip: pass a budget in the senate and then you won’t need any input from the House. You can pass your own bills and them meet the House in conference”
All spending, tax and budget bills must originate in the house. Been that way since the Constitution was written.