DWS: Don’t ask why Senate Democrats won’t pass a budget, because that’s process

posted at 10:41 am on April 25, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Via RCP and Twitchy, how embarrassing is it when a news anchor on any channel has to explain the conference committee process to a member of Congress?  DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) appeared on Fox News last night with Bret Baier, who asked the simple question: why haven’t Senate Democrats passed a budget?  Wasserman Schultz wanted to gripe about the House-passed Paul Ryan budget, but when Baier asked why the Senate hadn’t passed a budget resolution in 1,092 days, Wasserman Schultz scolded him for talking about “process.”  She did try to argue at one point that Democrats have proposed a budget — the White House budget from Barack Obama — but Baier forced her to change direction when he asked why the Senate hadn’t bothered to vote on it.

Take your Dramamine before clicking the link:

This is a pretty simple “process.”  Each chamber passes a version of the budget, and it goes into conference committee.  That’s simpler in the Senate than most other legislation, since filibusters cannot be used on budgets; a simple majority is all that’s needed to pass it.  In order to get a budget into conference committee, though, both chambers have to actually pass a budget in the first place, and it’s been three years and counting since the Senate bothered to comply with the law and produce an annual budget resolution.

This is a failure of leadership.  And last night, the Democrats’ leader failed miserably to defend a three-year-plus record of cowardice on budgeting.


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Yet another dog story?

Trafalgar on April 25, 2012 at 10:43 AM

That picture could almost turn someone into stone.

Bitter Clinger on April 25, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Fresh out of Dramamine.

coldwarrior on April 25, 2012 at 10:44 AM

And DWS remains “flabbergasted”!

OkieDoc on April 25, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Debbie Waterboard Schultz is the gift that keeps on giving. Keep her on the air!

Rixon on April 25, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Bwahahahha. She knows little about what Harry Reid or Barky are doing, but knows sooooo much about Paul Ryan’s budget.

SouthernGent on April 25, 2012 at 10:45 AM

I was tempted to cheat on my diet today, until I saw a picture of DWS…Now I’m not hungry at all! Thanks Hot Air!

Battlecruiser-operational on April 25, 2012 at 10:45 AM

I am not stupid, we all know you need 60 votes in the senate now, it is the new required votes, in essence the DEMS do not control it.
 
Republicans have made it impossible to get anything through without 60 votes now, and it shows, since Republicans have been the minority in the Senate, fillibusters have doubled if not more.
 
They block everything now.
 
damian1967 on April 16, 2012 at 7:33 PM

rogerb on April 25, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Is there are point to this dim bulb?

Maybe she just far too intelligent for Americans to appreciate.

Yes, that must be it.

CorporatePiggy on April 25, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Well, DWS is partially right. The Dems’ ignorant base isn’t focused – on anything.

Well, other than who’s winning on “Dancing” or what the next gubmint freebee will be…

Common Sense Floridian on April 25, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Poor Debbie. It’s taking the crunch right out of her hair.

katy the mean old lady on April 25, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Is there are point to this dim bulb?

Maybe she just far too intelligent for Americans to appreciate.

Yes, that must be it.

CorporatePiggy on April 25, 2012 at 10:46 AM

All these elitists convince themselves of that.

Bitter Clinger on April 25, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Yeah but Mitt Romney wants to take away women’s healthcare, women’s rights, and he wants to keep women barefoot and pregnant!!!1!1!111!!1!!1!!!!

/DWS

VibrioCocci on April 25, 2012 at 10:49 AM

They block everything now.

damian1967 on April 16, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Hey, dimwit. You need something to actually block.

katy the mean old lady on April 25, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Dang Bret, that was painful. Watching a News Anchor lecture the head of the DNC and a congress woman on the budget process. He is absolutely correct, the D’s don’t want a budget, cause then they can’t demagogue.

uncommon sense on April 25, 2012 at 10:51 AM

I didn’t think it was any more painful than her previous attempts at defending democrats.

cozmo on April 25, 2012 at 10:52 AM

DWS pulled two similar stunts to deflect from the issue on the Sunday gabfests, one of which was an outright lie. She claimed that the House has not passed one jobs bill. Sorry, toots, but the House passed many, and these bills are collecting dust on Harry Reid’s desk.

The other is that she claims that the Bush tax (rate) cuts must expire because they currently add (some outrageous figure) to the deficit. How can people keeping their own hard-earned money add to the deficit? Like a good little socialist, she thinks that the money belongs to the federal coffers.

Reid simply wants no Dem votes on record before the elections because he knows that those votes will cost him seats if the votes play the Obama game.

onlineanalyst on April 25, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Didn’t Ann Coulter date Debbie…no wait that was Bill Maher, same thing…

right2bright on April 25, 2012 at 10:52 AM

This is a failure of leadership. And last night, the Democrats’ leader failed miserably to defend a three-year-plus record of cowardice on budgeting.

Change.

visions on April 25, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Debbie ate too many lead paint chips as a child.

dthorny on April 25, 2012 at 10:53 AM

I LOVE watching her own this!!! Way to go Bret!!!

Dannyp8262 on April 25, 2012 at 10:53 AM

This is a failure of leadership. And last night, the Democrats’ leader failed miserably to defend a three-year-plus record of cowardice on budgeting.

There will come a day when Dim-o-crats will look back and realize (if they haven’t already) what a disaster DWS has been for them. In the meantime, just keep talking, Deb.

cicerone on April 25, 2012 at 10:54 AM

DWS – the gift that keeps on giving…

How about she explain this on Fallon’s Slow News Jam?

mjbrooks3 on April 25, 2012 at 10:54 AM

*sigh*
I’m really really really hoping that when the primaries are over, Romney comes out swinging on this B.S. They’ve provided plenty of fodder for the campaign season, the GOP just needs to have the nads to use it.

RadioAngel on April 25, 2012 at 10:54 AM

I didn’t think it was any more painful than her previous attempts at defending democrats.

cozmo on April 25, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Makes you wonder if Bret asks his producers after the show; “Why do we get her on, can’t you find anybody with a clue?”

uncommon sense on April 25, 2012 at 10:54 AM

The Dems are currently engaged in “amending” the First Amendment…for the good of the collective. /s

onlineanalyst on April 25, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Take your Dramamine before clicking the link:

Not going to do it. Wouldn’t be prudent. There is nothing that bug-eyed freak of nature could say that I would believe.

Happy Nomad on April 25, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Will someone explain to me how it is that when Sarah Palin doesn’t read periodicals from the proper list she is somehow “Stupid” yet this woman is portrayed as intelligent?

jaydee_007 on April 25, 2012 at 10:56 AM

katy the mean old lady on April 25, 2012 at 10:50 AM

blink on April 25, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Y’all do realize that was a quote posted from days ago, right?

It was a pre-emptive strike against one of the usual HA nutballs.

cozmo on April 25, 2012 at 10:56 AM

She must really love the taste of shoe leather since her foot is perpetually in her mouth.

Bitter Clinger on April 25, 2012 at 10:56 AM

More attacks on Fox News in 3…2…..1…

Deb, the GOP showed up to draft a budget. The dems were AWOL at that meeting. There is a picture of it.

dogsoldier on April 25, 2012 at 10:56 AM

How can anyone take her or her party seriously….how?

tpw on April 25, 2012 at 10:56 AM

My God, what a complete idiot.

Rohall1215 on April 25, 2012 at 10:57 AM

I told you last week that I’d do her. I still would. However, it has been a long time since I’ve been THAT drunk.

Long haired country boy on April 25, 2012 at 10:57 AM

since filibusters cannot be used on budgets; a simple majority is all that’s needed to pass it.

I thought that rule only applied to health care bills.

forest on April 25, 2012 at 10:57 AM

CUNNING STUNT!

400lb Gorilla on April 25, 2012 at 10:57 AM

*sigh*
I’m really really really hoping that when the primaries are over, Romney comes out swinging on this B.S. They’ve provided plenty of fodder for the campaign season, the GOP just needs to have the nads to use it.

RadioAngel on April 25, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Uh, the primaries are over.

Bitter Clinger on April 25, 2012 at 10:58 AM

uncommon sense on April 25, 2012 at 10:54 AM

On the contrary, she is the perfect person to have in front of the cameras every day on every democrat subject.

She is Nancy Pelosi with out the democrat gravitas.

Not that Pelosi had any, but dems thought so.

cozmo on April 25, 2012 at 10:58 AM

DWS saves money by putting her finger in a light-socket to get her much needed new perm. Unfortunately, it’s also fried the brain cells.

Rovin on April 25, 2012 at 10:58 AM

CUNNING STUNT!

400lb Gorilla on April 25, 2012 at 10:57 AM

I see what you did there.

LOL

Bitter Clinger on April 25, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Debbie Waterboard Schultz is the gift that keeps on giving. Keep her on the air!

Rixon on April 25, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Till November. Debbie’s going DOWN.

http://www.karenforcongress.com/

katy the mean old lady on April 25, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Obama’s last budget got 0 votes in the Senate. Is that the blueprint she wants to talk about?

hawksruleva on April 25, 2012 at 10:59 AM

I thought that rule only applied to health care bills.

forest on April 25, 2012 at 10:57 AM

No, on that they just bypass reconciliation and deem it passed in the house.

uncommon sense on April 25, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Remind me to get a barf bag ready BEFORE watching any video of this nightmare woman.

NJ Red on April 25, 2012 at 10:59 AM

How can anyone take her or her party seriously….how?

tpw on April 25, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Unfortunately, the brain-dead (as well as the actual dead) still vote in this country.

Bitter Clinger on April 25, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Makes you wonder if Bret asks his producers after the show; “Why do we get her on, can’t you find anybody with a clue?”

uncommon sense on April 25, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Well if you’re going to put a Fascist-Democrat on, the answer is “no.”

rbj on April 25, 2012 at 11:00 AM

get a clue rogerb, filibusters cannot be used on budgets.

jake49 on April 25, 2012 at 11:00 AM

On the contrary, she is the perfect person to have in front of the cameras every day on every democrat subject.

She is Nancy Pelosi with out the democrat gravitas.

Not that Pelosi had any, but dems thought so.

cozmo on April 25, 2012 at 10:58 AM

True, but Bret still must sit there and cringe when he sees his guest list. :)

uncommon sense on April 25, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Y’all do realize that was a quote posted from days ago, right?

It was a pre-emptive strike against one of the usual HA nutballs.

cozmo on April 25, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Nope, did’t look. Just thought it was the whiny little moron being hizzelf.

katy the mean old lady on April 25, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Behold…the end result of ill-advised mating between Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi.

Someone should tell Debbie her hair coloring is affecting that walnut-sized organ she uses for a brain.

trl on April 25, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Makes you wonder if Bret asks his producers after the show; “Why do we get her on, can’t you find anybody with a clue?”

uncommon sense on April 25, 2012 at 10:54 AM

She makes him look brilliant by comparison.

Bitter Clinger on April 25, 2012 at 11:02 AM

“Shut up,” she explained.

Red Cloud on April 25, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Someone should tell Debbie her hair coloring is affecting that walnut-sized organ she uses for a brain.

trl on April 25, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Looks like a case of hairdresser’s revenge.

katy the mean old lady on April 25, 2012 at 11:04 AM

I watched this last night. Expect Romney to engage Obama on this issue.

rubberneck on April 25, 2012 at 11:04 AM

True, but Bret still must sit there and cringe when he sees his guest list. :)

uncommon sense on April 25, 2012 at 11:01 AM

I’m just happy he takes the arrow instead of me.

cozmo on April 25, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Why do Democrats hate women? Why did her handlers force her to change her hairstyle? Is that all women are–hair? Why do Democrats wage this “War on Women”?

DrStock on April 25, 2012 at 11:05 AM

DWS pulled two similar stunts to deflect from the issue on the Sunday gabfests, one of which was an outright lie. She claimed that the House has not passed one jobs bill. Sorry, toots, but the House passed many, and these bills are collecting dust on Harry Reid’s desk.

onlineanalyst on April 25, 2012 at 10:52 AM

DWS is absolutely correct. The do nothing house is yet to pass one single jobs bill.
Political stunts that redistributes money from the middle class to the rich isn’t a jobs bill.

Uppereastside on April 25, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Watching DWS makes me disgusted every time. She oozes talking points and nothing more.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on April 25, 2012 at 11:05 AM

I keep waiting for her to compare congress to a box of chocolates…

trigon on April 25, 2012 at 11:06 AM

I am so glad the Democrats own her.

MadisonConservative on April 25, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Debbie still looks like she has crunchy hair.

Roy Rogers on April 25, 2012 at 11:06 AM

AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtNHuqHWefU

ratherbskiing on April 25, 2012 at 11:06 AM

I’ll give her props for at least showing up on FoxNews(live on the set no less). Beyond that though, this woman is a joke. “Process” is what’s holding everything back right now. If the Senate which is controlled by Dems literally does nothing to pass a budget, then it’s irrelevant what Republicans in either chamber say or do.

Doughboy on April 25, 2012 at 11:07 AM

That picture could almost turn someone into stone.

Bitter Clinger on April 25, 2012 at 10:43 AM

…except for one area…which would just ‘fall off’ if you’re a guy…that whole head is a construction zone…the lips, the mouth, the hair, the eyes, the brain…

KOOLAID2 on April 25, 2012 at 11:07 AM

A process, eh?
This sounds like the Cleveland Browns management explaining their last 12 years of suckitude.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on April 25, 2012 at 11:07 AM

DWS is absolutely correct. The do nothing house is yet to pass one single jobs bill.
Political stunts that redistributes money from the middle class to the rich isn’t a jobs bill.

Uppereastside on April 25, 2012 at 11:05 AM

You regurgitated those talking points perfectly.

Bitter Clinger on April 25, 2012 at 11:07 AM

I am not stupid, we all know you need 60 votes in the senate now, it is the new required votes, in essence the DEMS do not control it.

damian1967 on April 16, 2012 at 7:33 PM

It takes 51 votes to pass a budget in the Senate and in charity, I’ll just say I disagree with your entire sentence.

theCork on April 25, 2012 at 11:08 AM

BB: You know how Congress works.

DWS: No!

Red Cloud on April 25, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Debbie Ramenhair is nothing but a complete lay there.

docflash on April 25, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Bow wow. Wuff. Wuff wuff wuff. Bow wow.

petefrt on April 25, 2012 at 11:10 AM

DWS is absolutely correct. The do nothing house is yet to pass one single jobs bill.
Political stunts that redistributes money from the middle class to the rich isn’t a jobs bill.

Uppereastside on April 25, 2012 at 11:05 AM

You must be living in the world where Spock has a goatee.

The House has passed jobs bills. The House has passed several budget bills. The Senate refuses to consider any of them because it puts them on the record.

Happy Nomad on April 25, 2012 at 11:10 AM

You regurgitated those talking points perfectly.

Bitter Clinger on April 25, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Not only that, but he still actually believes it.

cozmo on April 25, 2012 at 11:10 AM

“When Republicans in Congress do nothing, it’s criminal. When Democrats in Congress do nothing, it’s process.”
/DWS

Bitter Clinger on April 25, 2012 at 11:11 AM

DWS is absolutely correct. The do nothing house is yet to pass one single jobs bill.
Political stunts that redistributes money from the middle class to the rich isn’t a jobs bill.

Uppereastside on April 25, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Credibility shot up the wazzoo LowerEastside…..several jobs bills have been passed in the House. Do some homework, child.

Rovin on April 25, 2012 at 11:11 AM

ROFL

I’m surprised Sergeant Schultz didn’t create a tornado in the studio from all that spinning; what a clown.

Bishop on April 25, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Bow wow. Wuff. Wuff wuff wuff. Bow wow.

petefrt on April 25, 2012 at 11:10 AM

She’s one dog even Obama wouldn’t eat.

Bitter Clinger on April 25, 2012 at 11:12 AM

“And the thing about a shark is (s)he’s got lifeless eyes. Black eyes. Like a doll’s eyes. When (s)he comes at ya, (s)he doesn’t even seem to be livin’… until (s)he bites ya, and those black eyes roll over white and then… ah then you hear that terrible high-pitched screamin’.”

catmman on April 25, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Leaving aside the breathtaking asininity of her comments, why doesn’t Debbie W-S comb her hair once and a while? Snagglefrizz.

Scriptor on April 25, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Liberals watch this and tear their hair out………”You see that? They’re actually asking a Democrat tough questions!! That PROVES that they’re a GOP propaganda outlet. Everyone knows that the Democrats are the good guys. Tough questions should only be reserved for the evil Republicans, who shouldn’t be aloud to speak or to breathe.”

The fact that the likes of DWS are forced to make these appearances on Fox shows how much power the New Media has gained.

ardenenoch on April 25, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Ever notice when a democrat is asked a question and you get the deer in the head lights look from them they answer the question with a metaphor that answers that question within their own head and then ask you a question about their metaphor. Huh? My point exactly.

mixplix on April 25, 2012 at 11:15 AM

DWS is absolutely correct. The do nothing house is yet to pass one single jobs bill.
Political stunts that redistributes money from the middle class to the rich isn’t a jobs bill.

Uppereastside on April 25, 2012 at 11:05 AM

They passed a budget a few weeks ago. The Ryan budget. And they’ve passed others before. You can hate on the Ryan plan all you want but it at least was put up for a vote and passed. And BTW, there are Democrats who publicly support this bill which is more than I can say for anything Obama’s put forward.

Doughboy on April 25, 2012 at 11:15 AM

DWS is absolutely correct. The do nothing house is yet to pass one single jobs bill.
Political stunts that redistributes money from the middle class to the rich isn’t a jobs bill.

Uppereastside on April 25, 2012 at 11:05 AM

The Democrats passed stimulus and a jobs bill. How’d that work out? Complete failure. And you want us to borrow more money from the Chinese to blow on make-work jobs? No.

How about encouraging the private sector to create jobs? It’s where the vast majority of us work. We generate GDP, not government.

theCork on April 25, 2012 at 11:15 AM

These people have pulled so many stunts since taking back to the house under Pelosi it is hard to keep track.

Let’s not forget that Obama’s budget, the roadmap that DWS is discussing was roundly defeated in the house, not just by Republicans, but Democrats too. It received NO Votes when brought to the floor, which means not even Debbie Downer voted for this budget she is now talking up as Obama’s vision for our country.

Story here.

rustynca on April 25, 2012 at 11:15 AM

I wish people stopped commenting on Debbie’s looks etc. Such comments are distracting and irrelevant, leave that kind of stuff to the Creepy Left.

The failure of the Senate to pass a budget is a great opportunity for the GOP if played right. How about some protests wherever senate democrats travel? Shame on the Lazy senators not doing their job… This issue has a lot of mileage in it and directs peoples attention to economic issues (i.e. the deficit). But there must be a concerted effort to bring it to peoples attention.

NORUK on April 25, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Process? Apparently the budget “process” now involves over 3 years of deliberation.

I’m hoping Rombo hammers PBHO on this.

Bishop on April 25, 2012 at 11:15 AM

I am not stupid, we all know you need 60 votes in the senate now, it is the new required votes, in essence the DEMS do not control it.

Republicans have made it impossible to get anything through without 60 votes now, and it shows, since Republicans have been the minority in the Senate, fillibusters have doubled if not more.

They block everything now.

damian1967 on April 16, 2012 at 7:33 PM

I have one word for you “Reconciliation”.

PatientWolf on April 25, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Hilarious. You don’t even need to ask difficult questions to liberals to get stuttering and stammering. Just ask simple questions about simple stuff and they can’t end the interview quick enough. If the GOP had leadership, they would play these recordings over and over….If only…..

search4truth on April 25, 2012 at 11:15 AM

She’s one dog even Obama wouldn’t eat.

Bitter Clinger on April 25, 2012 at 11:12 AM

I think I hate you now.

I cannot get that visual (Okay, two visuals) out of my head now.

cozmo on April 25, 2012 at 11:17 AM

get a clue rogerb, filibusters cannot be used on budgets.
 
jake49 on April 25, 2012 at 11:00 AM

 
You are 100% correct. Reread and note the quote indentations especially.
 
These are the people whose votes count exactly the same as yours.

rogerb on April 25, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Hi y’all

Dws doesn’t disappoint does she

cmsinaz on April 25, 2012 at 11:17 AM

No budget means you don’t know how much you’ve overspent on things we don’t really need. The pigs are flying and dropping rain.

Kissmygrits on April 25, 2012 at 11:17 AM

She would make the best sleazy real estate agent in America.

OT Horrific news … White racist grandmother guns down small black boy begging for money. He looked just like Obamas dream son.

BL@KBIRD on April 25, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Enough with the juvenile comments about Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s appearance. If DWS had a different hairstyle, different wardrobe, different body shape, would her arguments make any more sense?

Some of you are sounding like KOS outcast. Heaven help us if we were to see what YOU look like.

captried on April 25, 2012 at 11:20 AM

DWS is absolutely correct. The do nothing house is yet to pass one single jobs bill.
Political stunts that redistributes money from the middle class to the rich isn’t a jobs bill.

Uppereastside on April 25, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Oh, the Democrats in the House did something, yes they did! They all voted against Obama’s budget. Every damned one of them. Own it, punk.

MadisonConservative on April 25, 2012 at 11:20 AM

He looked just like Obamas dream son.
 
BL@KBIRD on April 25, 2012 at 11:19 AM

 
Dantre or Brenton?

rogerb on April 25, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Nothing new here. Get your giggles and move on now.

TerryW on April 25, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Enough with the juvenile comments about Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s appearance. If DWS had a different hairstyle, different wardrobe, different body shape, would her arguments make any more sense?

Some of you are sounding like KOS outcast. Heaven help us if we were to see what YOU look like.

captried on April 25, 2012 at 11:20 AM

There is a difference, dude. We don’t put ourselves on national TV to sputter blatant lies.

Archivarix on April 25, 2012 at 11:22 AM

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