Senate Dems guilty of “dereliction of duty,” according to … MSM?

posted at 6:56 pm on June 1, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) has kept the count for weeks: Today, it’s up to 763. For 763 days, Senate Democrats have failed to pass or even propose an original budget resolution — even though the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 requires the Senate to do just that.

But you’d expect the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee to pressure his Democratic colleagues to craft a budget and call it to a vote.  You don’t necessarily expect the mainstream media to apply that pressure, as well. But this weekend and through today, that’s exactly what has happened.

Here’s Dana Milbank, writing today in The Washington Post:

The Senate is supposed to be in Memorial Day recess this week. But the chamber is so ungovernable that Majority Leader Harry Reid doesn’t even have the votes to declare a recess. So he decided instead to have a few “pro forma” sessions, such as Tuesday’s, allowing senators to take a vacation without voting for it.

In a sense, the Senate has been in a pro-forma session all year … Although there’s general agreement that the most pressing issue facing the federal government is its runaway finances, the Democrat-controlled Senate hasn’t passed a budget in 762 days, a new standard for dereliction of duty.

It is just the sort of thing that offends Americans about Washington: The triumph of tactical advantage over the national interest. Democrats were understandably embarrassed about voting themselves a vacation so soon after abandoning their budget responsibilities. So when Sen. Jeff Sessions (Ala.), the top Republican on the budget committee, demanded a roll-call vote on the recess, Reid used the pro forma loophole.

Milbank wasn’t the first. WaPo blogger Ezra Klein has sounded awfully frustrated with the inaction on the left side of the Senate (although he hasn’t quite come close to outright criticism). And even The New York Times editorial board this weekend urged Democrats to produce a budget. Admittedly, the board took a tone that makes me cringe a little, but the concession is still clear. “Republican leaders in the Senate have spent weeks gleefully deriding the Democrats who run the chamber for not producing a budget proposal in more than two years,” the editorial begins. “The truth, though, is that the Republicans also have a point.”

Of course Republicans have a point. But a little part of me thinks Republicans should also be careful what they wish for: If Democrats do produce a budget, it won’t be an advisable one. Half The New York Times editorial hounded the importance of tax hikes.

But the larger part of me thinks transparency is always an advisable approach: Best to bring Dems’ budget ideas up for a debate and allow the American people to compare the Democrat and Republican plans. I’m just surprised The New York Times editorial board feels the same way.


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This was a story a month ago. Now it is an apology for not doing their job.

Angry Dumbo on June 1, 2011 at 6:58 PM

Why propose a budget? It is much easier to just sit back and demagogue the other side . . .

BigAlSouth on June 1, 2011 at 7:00 PM

way past tar and feathers……….

these pol’s would be considered pathetic, but they are not even that good……..

RealMc on June 1, 2011 at 7:02 PM

The RNC, if they had any ‘Weiner’ in them, would be hammering the plebs with the fact that Harry and Barry had the Hill in the palm of their hand for two years and couldn’t even come up with a budget.

Of course we all know how much ‘Weiner’ the RNC has.

Limerick on June 1, 2011 at 7:02 PM

Wasssssssuuuuuppppppp BAS………..

Why propose a budget? It is much easier to just sit back and demagogue the other side . . .

BigAlSouth on June 1, 2011 at 7:00 PM

and now your sounding like well maybe its GWB’s Fault!!!!!

doh!!!!

RealMc on June 1, 2011 at 7:03 PM

And the MFM is just honkey-dorey without Congress doing a thing about that War Powers Act concept.

Rivers, cry me some.

ajacksonian on June 1, 2011 at 7:05 PM

In a sense, the Senate has been in a pro-forma session all year

More like Since Obama was elected.

upinak on June 1, 2011 at 7:06 PM

Thank you California, Nevada, and Washington.

SouthernGent on June 1, 2011 at 7:08 PM

“And even The New York Times editorial board this weekend urged Democrats to produce a budget…”

Too late…

Seven Percent Solution on June 1, 2011 at 7:08 PM

“Unexpected” election results in 17 months and a few days.

Limerick on June 1, 2011 at 7:11 PM

Of course we all know how much ‘Weiner’ the RNC has.

Limerick on June 1, 2011 at 7:02 PM

Quick! Someone trademark Weiner™ as generic drug to treat ED… or maybe that should WD?

Colbyjack on June 1, 2011 at 7:11 PM

But the chamber is so ungovernable that Majority Leader Harry Reid doesn’t even have the votes to declare a recess.

LOL! First America is ungovernable, now the Senate.

txhsmom on June 1, 2011 at 7:12 PM

Does Harry Reid likes Wiener? jes’ askin’.

joe btfsplk on June 1, 2011 at 7:15 PM

Seven Percent Solution on June 1, 2011 at 7:08 PM

yepper…

cmsinaz on June 1, 2011 at 7:15 PM

What’s the Lefty blogger spin on this? Are all the “grassroots” Leftists OK with this type of government? Seriously…

visions on June 1, 2011 at 7:16 PM

This is all for a reason or they wouldn’t write the articles…watch out.

tomas on June 1, 2011 at 7:22 PM

visions on June 1, 2011 at 7:16 PM

Are you kidding? Inaction is lefty heaven.

Limerick on June 1, 2011 at 7:23 PM

But the chamber is so ungovernable that Majority Leader Harry Reid doesn’t even have the votes to declare a recess.

LOL! First America is ungovernable, now the Senate.

txhsmom on June 1, 2011 at 7:12 PM

According to the lame streams anytime Marxists don’t have 100% power the nation is ungovernable.

angryed on June 1, 2011 at 7:26 PM

What’s the Lefty blogger spin on this? Are all the “grassroots” Leftists OK with this type of government? Seriously…

visions on June 1, 2011 at 7:16 PM

My guess is they are fine with it. Anything that ultimately hurts the structure of the evil empire and facilitates the rise of a socialist one world government here is peachy with the “grass roots” left.

Remember, once we’re ALL poor, it’s gonna be GREAT!!!

Tim Zank on June 1, 2011 at 7:26 PM

Senate Dems guilty of “dereliction of duty,” according to … MSM?

broken clock etc

cmsinaz on June 1, 2011 at 7:26 PM

The Dems saw their greatest electoral success running as the opposition party and that’s their plan for 2012. Opposition parties don’t have to propose budgets and so they won’t.

PackerBronco on June 1, 2011 at 7:30 PM

Are Democrats still getting paid? Are they accepting and spending their salaries paid for with our money? Have they not taken some kind of oath of office? Maybe they should face a recall or be freaking impeached! Yeah, I’d say it’s dereliction of duty! They are freaking destroying our economy if it’s not already destroyed beyond repair!
Can Senators be recalled? I have no idea myself but Nevada ought to look into it! Surely it can’t hurt a blasted thing to start an effort to recall Harry Freaking Reid!

JellyToast on June 1, 2011 at 7:37 PM

“LEADERSHIP FAILURE”!!
*********************

canopfor on June 1, 2011 at 7:37 PM

What’s the point of having a Congressional Budget Act if there are no consequences for violating it?

Iblis on June 1, 2011 at 7:39 PM

boehner gonna raise the debt ceiling…cripe

cmsinaz on June 1, 2011 at 7:30 PM

cmsinaz:Surreal,Boehner says the debt ceiling needs to
be raised,

and,Obama agrees!

Umm….why fight,btw,excellent scoop!:)

canopfor on June 1, 2011 at 7:41 PM

canopfor on June 1, 2011 at 7:41 PM

went over to the dark side
:)

cmsinaz on June 1, 2011 at 7:41 PM

went over to the dark side
:)

cmsinaz on June 1, 2011 at 7:41 PM

No he went over to the freaking dumb side.

NO FLIPPIN SPINE!

upinak on June 1, 2011 at 7:45 PM

NO FLIPPIN SPINE!

upinak on June 1, 2011 at 7:45 PM

yepper…we take one step forward with the vote, 2 steps back with the squishiness

cmsinaz on June 1, 2011 at 7:47 PM

Are Democrats still getting paid?

You mean like in Wisconsin? Hummm, I’m seeing a pattern here.

whbates on June 1, 2011 at 7:55 PM

The only thing the Democratic Party is useful for is destroying the country.

Dusty on June 1, 2011 at 8:08 PM

Senate Dems are foundering in a quagmire, and Majority Leader (???) is the head swamp rat.

onlineanalyst on June 1, 2011 at 8:09 PM

Horsewhipping is too good for the Senate Democrats…

Khun Joe on June 1, 2011 at 9:24 PM

Don’t worry NYT & WaPo; Ojesus is busily expanding government by fiat. He don’t need no stinkin’ budget, or a legislature for that matter…

hillbillyjim on June 1, 2011 at 9:30 PM

Thank you California, Nevada, and Washington.

SouthernGent on June 1, 2011 at 7:08 PM

Don’t forget Delaware and Colorado. I hope all you Christine O’Donnell and Ken Buck fans are happy.

rockmom on June 1, 2011 at 9:31 PM

Maybe Harry can have a tete a tete with Barry and cut the horsecrap already.
http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Article/573972/201106011847/President-Plays-Economy-Lists.htm

onlineanalyst on June 1, 2011 at 9:39 PM

If anyone is still checking out this thread, look at some hard facts about where the Dems are leading us.
http://spectator.org/archives/2011/06/01/the-democrats-big-government-b

onlineanalyst on June 1, 2011 at 10:11 PM

I thought about this over the weekend: What must those on the left that have some sense (LWSS) think of Nancy, Harry and now Thunder Thighs Wasserman-Schultz?

They have to be frustrated with the optics of the whole thing. The LWSS has to see this and know the Democrats are poisoning the well. If the Democrats do not propose a budget and do not propose an alternative to Ryan’s plan then Ryan’s plan is going to be seen as the only plan. And some of its tenets will be adopted.

In the same way Democrats were not trusted with the Presidency because of perceived weakness as CINC, thanks Carter, they will now be thought of as incompetent economically as well. The LWSS sees the Democrats pissing in the wind and know they are risking being out of power for a long, long time. Worse yet, a Democrat party that has to lean very much to the right to gain credibility and votes is a nightmare for the LWSS. Imagine Heath Schuler types in all the leadership positions of the Democrat party!

Theworldisnotenough on June 1, 2011 at 10:11 PM

Okay, starting 10/1/11, GOP writes a CR with a weekly decrease of at least $10B. This would be spending cuts and deleting programs / departments. See how long the Dems want to go with that

Oleta on June 1, 2011 at 11:11 PM

Democrats: Ruining the Economy since 2006.

TN Mom on June 1, 2011 at 11:12 PM

Pass a budget first. Then we will think about the debt ceiling.

munseym on June 2, 2011 at 12:02 AM

The LSM must be trying to convince the ‘Independents’ that they are unbiased.

Slowburn on June 2, 2011 at 7:55 AM