Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid: “There’s no need to have a Democratic budget, in my opinion”

posted at 12:38 pm on May 24, 2011 by Rovin

Despite a stern letter from every Senate Republican,  Senate Democrats “leaders” have made a political decision—DO NOTHING and attack Paul Ryan’s budget.  But “doing nothing” is hardly new to this Senate.  According to Byron York at the Washington Times, (and Senator Jeff Sessions),  “The last time the Senate passed a budget was April 29, 2009, which was, if you are counting — and Jeff Sessions is — 755 days ago.”  The so-called deliberative body of Congress, (controlled by the Democrats), have cowardly made another political choice by again ignoring the will of the people—to put the Federal Government’s fiscal house in order—and to stop the deficit spending.  Instead, the majority leader and Senate Budget Committee Chairman, Kent Conrad have no intention of performing their statutory responsibility:

“There’s no need to have a Democratic budget, in my opinion,” Reid told the Los Angeles Times last week. “It would be foolish for us to do a budget at this stage.” Instead, Reid wants to wait to see if the deficit-reduction meetings led by Vice President Biden bear any fruit. Before that, Reid wanted to wait for the Gang of Six — now nearly defunct — to come up with something.

Sessions was appalled when he read Reid’s words. “It was a fundamental statement that they’re playing politics,” Sessions said. “They don’t think it’s politically smart to produce a budget. They’d rather produce nothing and attack Paul Ryan and the Republicans and think they’re going to gain politically by avoiding their fundamental statutory responsibility. It’s pretty breathtaking to me.”

Reid isn’t alone. The chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, Kent Conrad, is also happy to not produce a budget. Last week, he told reporters that he planned to “defer” work on a 2012 budget indefinitely.

And not just Senate Democrats are looking ahead to their political futures.  Liberal Republicans, (yes, I said liberal, they’re not even qualified Rinos), Susan Collins and Scott Brown have already committed to voting against the House Budget.  Brown is up for re-election next year, but Collins isn’t until 2014.  Both seem to be oblivious to the fact that serious entitlement reforms are needed in the near future to insure their stability.  Brown’s decision to reject the House Budget brought out condemnation from House Republican Joe Walsh (R-Ill.), who also took a political shot at, (whoops, I meant to say reprimanded), the president:

“Respectfully, Scott Brown ought to be ashamed of himself,” Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) told Neil Cavuto on the Fox Business Network. “This is the defining moment of this generation. We have got to be bold. We know these entitlements have to be reformed to be saved. He knows that.”

“Any Republican that doesn’t vote for this or doesn’t support this is purely being guided by political reasons,” Walsh continued. “This is not time to be politically scared. Every day I am in this town I am more convinced this president has no clue as to the financial cliff we are about to fall off of.”

So, as our “Senate Democratic Leaders” choose to “defer” or find “no need” in producing a serious budget for most likely the third year in a row, this nation continues to head down the path of fiscal insolvency, and exploding deficit spending, with no end in sight.  Reid and Conrad have officially kicked the can down the road, abdicating their responsibilities in the name of political expediency, (apparently with the President’s blessing since he’s taken little or no part in the budget process).  I would submit that these folks are the “radicals” and “extremist” in our government, not Paul Ryan or House Republicans who were sent to Washington to rein in the Democrat’s spending, (and taxing), programs this country can not afford.   Democrat demagoguery is not going to cut it.

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They have always intended us to crash and burn so they could impose even more of their BS on us.

bbz123 on May 24, 2011 at 12:40 PM

WHY are we paying your salary then?

Sir Napsalot on May 24, 2011 at 12:41 PM

Despite a stern letter from every Senate Republican, Senate Democrats “leaders” have made a political decision—DO NOTHING and attack Paul Ryan’s budget.

*Gasp* Media to begin calling Democrats “the party of no” in 3…2…1…er… *crickets*

Kataklysmic on May 24, 2011 at 12:42 PM

Dereliction of duty, Harry. I guess this is the best we can expect from this cretin.

Jvette on May 24, 2011 at 12:44 PM

How about no paychecks for them until they pass a budget. Last time I checked, employees who didn’t do their work, didn’t get paid.

rbj on May 24, 2011 at 12:46 PM

Republicans should introduce amendments to every bill in the Senate that call for the abolition of the Budget Committee and firing of all of its staff. Why are we paying these people to do nothing???

rockmom on May 24, 2011 at 12:47 PM

There no NEED to re-elect them, then.

tx2654 on May 24, 2011 at 12:48 PM

WHY are we paying your salary then?

Sir Napsalot on May 24, 2011 at 12:41 PM

Great point: it’s their job. Why are they being paid?

LastRick on May 24, 2011 at 12:49 PM

The new Do-Nothing Party of America…

mjbrooks3 on May 24, 2011 at 12:51 PM

The new Do-Nothing Party of America…

mjbrooks3 on May 24, 2011 at 12:51 PM

It’s worse than do-nothing… if they were truly doing nothing, then the expenditures in this country wouldn’t be getting higher.

teke184 on May 24, 2011 at 12:57 PM

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid: “There’s no need to have a Democratic budget, in my opinion”

I never thought this day would happen, but I agree with Harry Reid. Let the Republicans do it. In fact, all you Democrats, you just go on home now, the Republicans can take care of the icky foreign policy stuff, take any actions that need to be taken on Climate Disruption, Cap and Trade, Net Neutrality, and campaign finance reform. You guys just rest your weary little heads and don’t worry about a thing.

Lily on May 24, 2011 at 12:59 PM

“There’s no need to have a Democratic budget, in my opinion,” Reid told the Los Angeles Times last week.

You see, Harry, it is those three magic words “in my opinion” that seem to seperate you from what the rest of us refer to as “reality”.

pilamaye on May 24, 2011 at 1:03 PM

Senate Democrats “leaders” have made a political decision—DO NOTHING and attack Paul Ryan’s budget

Let’s be more realistic about how much progress either party has made up to this point in time. Would you rather see the Reid come up with legislation that cuts military spending by 30% ? Because in effect, that would be the ‘liberal’ version of Paul Ryan’s plan.

Neither party has shown any sign of actually grappling with the budget deficit by accepting the very bitter medicate that’s required. When a real and substantial plan is released, no one will like it because everyone’s favorite programs will be cut by it.

bayam on May 24, 2011 at 1:07 PM

Way to admit you are useless… I guess you won’t mind if we replace you with someone who can actually do the job of governing? No? thanks.

petunia on May 24, 2011 at 1:09 PM

Reid wants to wait to see if the deficit-reduction meetings led by Vice President Biden bear any fruit

It will – lemons.

tommyboy on May 24, 2011 at 1:10 PM

Will stop work for food political advantage

Fixed

eeyore on May 24, 2011 at 1:11 PM

and the Sheeple continue to sleep…

PatriotRider on May 24, 2011 at 1:13 PM

Recall Harry Reid, Nevada. You owe it to the country!!!

capejasmine on May 24, 2011 at 1:14 PM

Recall Harry Reid, Nevada. You owe it to the country!!!

capejasmine on May 24, 2011 at 1:14 PM

That goes for Collins, and Brown as well. Boot their booties out. If they can’t can’t stomach the hard things, they aren’t worthy to be there.

capejasmine on May 24, 2011 at 1:15 PM

Why work when you can demagogue the work of others?

Left Coast Right Mind on May 24, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Let’s be more realistic about how much progress either party has made up to this point in time.

Yes, let’s. It’s been 755 days that the Senate (in which time has had a Democrat majority) has not passed a budget.

Would you rather see the Reid come up with legislation that cuts military spending by 30% ? Because in effect, that would be the ‘liberal’ version of Paul Ryan’s plan.

Yes, actually, I would. Then they would actually have a bargaining position. But this isn’t about the budget or the fiscal problems this country faces. This is about refusing to do your job for political reasons.

Neither party has shown any sign of actually grappling with the budget deficit by accepting the very bitter medicate that’s required.

The Ryan budget is a step in the right direction. Refusing to DO YOUR JOB is many things, but wanting to grapple with the deficit is certainly not one of them.

When a real and substantial plan is released, no one will like it because everyone’s favorite programs will be cut by it.

Personally, I want the federal government to completely shut down.

BTW, who has jurisdiction to tell Congress to do its job? Is it the Executive or the Judicial branches? If it’s judicial, we need to sue the federal government over its lack to produce a budget. If it’s executive, we need to go to the courts to get an order to tell the executive to tell the legislature to do its job.

Scott H on May 24, 2011 at 1:22 PM

“The last time the Senate passed a budget was April 29, 2009, which was, if you are counting — and Jeff Sessions is — 755 days ago.”

And that will continue to be the order of the day until they are taken to task. Isn’t there something that can be done for the Senate majority/committee chair blowing off their statutory responsibility? Can’t the House call them to testify?

johnny alpha on May 24, 2011 at 1:25 PM

Well then, I say no more continuing resolutions. No more extensions of anything that is peoperly/traditionally done in the budget. And definitely NO raising of the debt ceiling.

We have a budget for a reason – that’s how the government spends money. If freaking *Harry Reid* doesn’t think being able to spend money is important, who on earth are we as Republicans to disagree? Let him choke on it. And when he inevitably screams that WE are starving children and the like, tell him, “hey… you want to spend? Produce a budget. That’s how it’s done.”

Dirty Creature on May 24, 2011 at 1:27 PM

Would you rather see the Reid come up with legislation that cuts military spending by 30% ? Because in effect, that would be the ‘liberal’ version of Paul Ryan’s plan.

Yes, actually, I would. Then they would actually have a bargaining position. But this isn’t about the budget or the fiscal problems…

I agree, that’s a good point. There’s not enough on the table to negotiate real cuts.

bayam on May 24, 2011 at 1:30 PM

The party is almost over…

PatriotRider on May 24, 2011 at 1:30 PM

There is such a thing as In Contempt of Court.

There is such a thing as In Contempt of Congress.

Is there such a thing as contempt of the American people?

Yes I think there is.

We should be able to have the bailiff haul him off in handcuffs.

Lily on May 24, 2011 at 1:41 PM

Seriously, what’s the Lib spin on this? Is the Left OK with this?

visions on May 24, 2011 at 1:58 PM

So the entire Democratic party is now voting “Present”?

taznar on May 24, 2011 at 2:02 PM

Wish I could tell my boss that there’s no need for me to do my job, and then just bitch about everyone elses work.

44Magnum on May 24, 2011 at 2:04 PM

politics before country…

equanimous on May 24, 2011 at 2:04 PM

Tyranny

wheelgun on May 24, 2011 at 2:08 PM

Quick! In which direction will the Dems in the Senate run if found in contempt of their statuatory obligation: Canada or Mexico?

onlineanalyst on May 24, 2011 at 2:14 PM

Good grief! Is Reid even capable of dressing himself?

GFW on May 24, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Joe Walsh is one of the best politicians to come out of the Tea Party movement. He is fearless.

Fallon on May 24, 2011 at 3:18 PM

Shut it down then.

fossten on May 24, 2011 at 3:26 PM

SHUT IT DOWN! TURN IT OFF!

GarandFan on May 24, 2011 at 3:59 PM

If I understand it correctly, the budget does not actually authorize the spending; it only provides the framework. Spending is authorized by spending resolutions and – in the absence of a budget-framed spending resolution – continuing resolutions.

If I remember correctly (and I usually don’t) the current spending authority expires in December.

Harry has all this time to play, and there is not a lot anyone can legally do about it. We can shout if from the mountain tops, shame him, call him a mealy-mouthed political coward early and often, publicize his dereliction of duty, launch recall efforts. But he cannot be touched legally for refusing to produce a budget.

Perhaps there is something in the Senate Rules?

ss396 on May 24, 2011 at 4:06 PM

Shame on you, Scott Brown. I thought you understood why we sent you our money to support your election. It was supposed to be about fiscal prudence, not just Obamacare (not that you helped us with that).

Good luck to you in 2012 – remember that most liberals would rather have a real Democrat than a phony one in the Senate. And I already got my cheap thrill from helping you take “Kennedy’s” seat.

Can anyone list the votes that Brown has made that weren’t anti-conservative?

disa on May 24, 2011 at 5:46 PM

But he cannot be touched legally for refusing to produce a budget.

Perhaps there is something in the Senate Rules?

ss396 on May 24, 2011 at 4:06 PM

Shame him with it. I can’t understand how that useless fossil can even show his face in public.

disa on May 24, 2011 at 5:48 PM

Every time ANYONE attacks Paul Ryan’s budget the response should be, ‘Where is YOUR solution?’.

Those that can, do. Those that cannot belong to the firm of Whine, Biotch, Complain, and Moan. ;o)

DannoJyd on May 25, 2011 at 2:50 PM