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Reid: No, I donít plan to bring a budget to the floor this year (Thanks for that,Nevada)
Hotair ^ | 02/03/2012 | Tina Korbe

Posted on 02/03/2012 3:54:37 PM PST by SeekAndFind

It's been more than 1,000 days since the Senate has passed a budget, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is unconcerned. In fact, he says he has no plans to bring a budget to the floor in 2012, either. He argues the 2012 budget is already done because last summer's debt-ceiling deal included a few spending caps. Essentially, Reid wonders: Why do we need a long-term spending plan when we can stumble into some spending caps here and there? The Hill was first to this story:

“We do not need to bring a budget to the floor this year — it’s done, we don’t need to do it,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told reporters on Friday, echoing previous statements from his office.

Reid and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) argued that the debt-limit agreement in August directs spending for the next year and that Senate Appropriations Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) has already asked the heads of the subcommittees to write their bills for fiscal 2013.

Senate Budget Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) has said he would probably mark up a budget resolution this year to appease ranking member Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), but Reid said he didn’t expect any floor action on any measure produced by the panel. …

Schumer said it is a “total falsity” for Republicans to say that Democrats haven’t passed the budget: “we passed it on Aug. 2.”

“They’re attacking us because they have nothing better to do,” Reid said. “They need something else to talk about.”

If what Reid and Schumer are arguing is that the Senate doesn’t need to pass a formal budget resolution to enable the government to spend taxpayer money irresponsibly, then they’re right. For the past couple years, while the Senate Budget Democrats have sat on their hands, failing to submit a budget resolution to the full Senate, the Senate Appropriations Committee has still authorized ungodly amounts of discretionary spending.

But if what Reid and Schumer are saying is that they’ve followed the law and submitted a budget resolution, then they’re flat-out wrong. The Congressional Budget Act requires the president to submit a budget to Congress by Feb. 1 every year. The Senate Budget Committee is to report a budget resolution to the full Senate by April 1. The House and Senate are to reach agreement on a concurrent budget resolution by April 15. Senate Budget Democrats haven’t submitted a budget since 2009.

Here’s why it matters: The Appropriations Committee determines levels of discretionary spending. Approps don’t touch mandatory spending. But mandatory spending constitutes about 60 percent of all federal spending — and mandatory programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security drive our deficits and debt. Without the imposition of budget discipline, these programs grow on autopilot.

By never submitting a budget, enacting a few discretionary spending caps as a part of the Budget Control Act (a.k.a. the debt ceiling deal) and punting to the Super Committee that also punted on entitlement reform, Democrats avoid any difficult discussion of how to ensure the solvency of our entitlement programs. With no plan of their own on the table, they’re free to shoot down anything Republicans propose.

It’s no secret why no one wants to touch entitlements — but it is still the shame of Washington that nobody will.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: budget; harryreid
Imagine what it would be like had Sharron Angle been Nevada's Senator instead of this creep.

THANKS FOR SENDING REID BACK TO TORMENT AMERICA, NEVADA. GOOD JOB /Sarc

1 posted on 02/03/2012 3:54:47 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
Reid1000, Harry Reid 1000
2 posted on 02/03/2012 3:58:39 PM PST by FrankR (You are only enslaved to the extent of the entitlements you receive.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The commie ‘RATS don’t need no steeenkin’ budget. They just print all the money they want. Who needs a budget when you own the machines that print out more money?


3 posted on 02/03/2012 4:01:05 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (So just where does the "buck stop" at the Department of "Justice"?)
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To: SeekAndFind

I wonder if there’s a legal way to compel them to submit a budget....could they be forced into court over this? I’m just curious...don’t know enough about it but it infuriates me that they just ignore parts of our laws that they want to ignore.


4 posted on 02/03/2012 4:01:08 PM PST by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: SeekAndFind
Rather then spend money & time getting in the sack with Romney the RNC ought to spend money on commercials quoting Reid's nonsense. Hand these out to prospective GOP senate candidates to beat their Rat opponents over the head!

Nope can't do that, that's what a rational party leadership would do!

5 posted on 02/03/2012 4:02:51 PM PST by Reily
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To: SeekAndFind

Blame Las Vegas, they were the ones to did it.


6 posted on 02/03/2012 4:04:31 PM PST by Internet Walnut
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To: SeekAndFind

Part of the last debt ceiling increase, you know the one that keeps bringing nasty surprises, they “deemed this year’s budget passed” at the baseline level. And the Stupid Party went along with it.


7 posted on 02/03/2012 4:04:45 PM PST by Ingtar (I never thought I would come to say it, but "Go Newt!" Our last, best chance.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Throw a crooked land deal in it (for him and his family), and this crook will ram a budget through.


8 posted on 02/03/2012 4:05:31 PM PST by Corporate Law
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To: SeekAndFind
"Reid and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) argued that the debt-limit agreement in August directs spending for the next year and that Senate Appropriations Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) has already asked the heads of the subcommittees to write their bills for fiscal 2013."

Thank you Boehner and McConnel. You two sure make life easier for the dems to enact their policies through the back-door.
9 posted on 02/03/2012 4:05:48 PM PST by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians)
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To: rollo tomasi

“””Thank you Boehner and McConnel. You two sure make life easier for the dems to enact their policies through the back-door”””””””””

It’s ok, they cried before they caved.


10 posted on 02/03/2012 4:09:23 PM PST by shelterguy
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11 posted on 02/03/2012 4:13:02 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Internet Walnut

wasen;t his son in charge of all vote counts


12 posted on 02/03/2012 4:15:40 PM PST by LynnHam
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To: LynnHam

His son ran for Governor and lost, thank God.


13 posted on 02/03/2012 4:18:21 PM PST by Internet Walnut
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To: SeekAndFind
we don't need no stinkin budget. This is america. money is free.......and not a damn thing happens. the pork barrel rolls on
14 posted on 02/03/2012 4:26:17 PM PST by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: SeekAndFind

Don’t forget that it was the GOP establishment elites who undermined Sharon Angle’s campaign. All because they prefer Harry Reid to a tea party candidate.

Remember that when they come calling for our votes to elect their guy, Romney.


15 posted on 02/03/2012 5:13:32 PM PST by upsdriver (We Tea Partiers need Sarah Palin for president.)
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To: SeekAndFind

To be honest I’m just not a party person willing to go out and vote straight ticket and kiss the bxtts of party aficionados. Actually I despise Party politics.

When I look at the Democrats and their leadership such as Pelosi and Reid etc, I have to shake my head in disbelief because none are effective and/or positively represents their Party.

I’ll say there are Republicans too I’d support much before McConnell, Boehner and Cantor.

The leadership positions should have term limits and evaporate after 2 terms and then others should get a chance. These perpetual Congressmen and Senators are a problem.


16 posted on 02/03/2012 5:24:56 PM PST by apoliticalone (Honest govt. that operates in the interest of US sovereignty and the people, not global $$$)
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To: SeekAndFind

Here is one for you. WHY DON’T WE BOYCOTT ANYTHING FROM OR IN NEVADA UNTIL REED IS GONE?

Why should a whole nation be held hostage by the senator from one state with such a small population? There are casinos all over the nation. Let Reno and Vegas rot. See how the SEIU likes that.

Why does the majority of the landmass of the nation have to take this crap?

If we focus on one area at a time to punish them we could win one small victory at a time.

From this day forward I will not buy a thing made in Nevada nor patronize any corporation based there.


17 posted on 02/03/2012 7:10:57 PM PST by Sequoyah101 (Half the people are below average.)
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To: Internet Walnut
Blame Las Vegas, they were the ones to did it.

Las Vegas? You mean those folks out in southern Nevada who, just a few short years ago, thought their 1,100 Sq. ft., 2 BR, 1 BA crapshacks built in the early 60s were worth $500/sq. ft.?

I wonder how they could have miscalculated. Seems like two "can't miss" propositions: Las Vegas real estate and the professionalism and dedication to the job of Harry Reid.
18 posted on 02/03/2012 8:11:58 PM PST by Milton Miteybad (I am Jim Thompson. {Really.})
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To: Milton Miteybad

Hey. Las Vegas real estate at peak of the late bubble bore valuations vastly closer to reality than anyone’s positive (or zero or even negative) assessment of “professionalism and dedication” on the part of Distinguished Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), who incidentally happened to score enormous quantities of money through his infamous but completely legal “Reid estate” corruption scheme.


19 posted on 02/04/2012 11:07:02 AM PST by dufekin (Stop Obama and the Democrats from making war against the Catholic Church)
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