Senate Republicans offer budget schedule for March ahead of CR showdown

posted at 10:11 am on January 17, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Have Republicans on Capitol Hill finally begun to craft a strategy for a budget showdown? Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee floated a schedule for producing the first budget since April 2009 on an expedited schedule for the FY2014 deadlines, coincidentally just ahead of the expiration of the current FY2013 continuing resolution on March 27th:

Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee have put forward a schedule for producing a budget resolution this year to committee Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-Wash.).

The Senate has not passed a budget resolution since 2009, and Murray last year suggested that a budget may not get done again this year.

In a letter made public Wednesday, Republicans lay out a detailed hearing and markup schedule to meet the legal deadline for producing a budget.

They call for a budget markup on March 11 in committee and for March 18 floor consideration, leading to a conferenced House-Senate resolution by the April 15 deadline.

“We believe the Budget Committee cannot be a bystander at this historic time when the nation will be confronting the most serious debt issues. We must take the steps necessary to avoid what Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles have told our committee will be the ‘the most predictable economic crisis in history,’ ” the letter states, naming the president’s deficit commission chairmen.

This is a polite request to a return to normal order.  If Republicans have been consistent on one point after the fiscal-cliff mess at the end of last year, it’s a unity on the end of crisis budgeting.  Harry Reid and Senate Democrats have flouted the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 for nearly four years, in favor of cliffs and brinksmanship.  This delivers a challenge immediately ahead of a potential House GOP refusal to depart from normal order on the rest of the FY2013 budget, and a showdown that could turn into a government shutdown without serious spending cuts.

And so far, it looks as though Murray will walk into the trap:

Murray’s office said Wednesday that she appreciates the suggestions but she is still working to determine whether to move a budget through committee.

Yes, you read that right.  The Senate Budget Committee chair is deciding whether or not to produce a budget.  It’s a good thing that the Armed Services chair isn’t mulling over whether to have armed services.  Or maybe I shouldn’t give Harry Reid any more ideas.


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…cave coming!

KOOLAID2 on January 17, 2013 at 10:14 AM

The tennis shoe mom: someone not smart enough to do anything is perfect for the job of doing nothing.

mrmiji on January 17, 2013 at 10:16 AM

In a letter made public Wednesday, Republicans lay out a detailed hearing and markup schedule to meet the legal deadline for producing a budget.

They call for a budget markup on March 11 in committee and for March 18 floor consideration, leading to a conferenced House-Senate resolution by the April 15 deadline.

…odds of it happening?

KOOLAID2 on January 17, 2013 at 10:16 AM

Whatever, republican senators. You’ll cave.

BJ* on January 17, 2013 at 10:18 AM

The Senate Budget Committee chair is deciding whether or not to produce a budget.

Nice job if you can get it.

And to think, seniority and performance get you to that point.

Jabberwock on January 17, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Unstinkingbelievable on Murray’s part and yet no worries by the lsm

It’s all good, stick it to the gop

cmsinaz on January 17, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Whether or not this actually happens, I think it is a good idea to poke the democrats every chance they get. It would be even better if they stuck to their guns and refused to approve any more continuing resolutions, but I won’t hold my breath on that.

Night Owl on January 17, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Yes, you read that right. The Senate Budget Committee chair is deciding whether or not to produce a budget. It’s a good thing that the Armed Services chair isn’t mulling over whether to have armed services. Or maybe I shouldn’t give Harry Reid any more ideas.

Like Obama’s Big Do exploiting The Children to announce his many graffitiesque Executive Orders, among which is his EO to declare he needs to do his job (appoint someone to head a federal department which he should already have done and somehow isn’t aware that he can do it without writing to himself, about himself, an EO).

I’m SURE I’m not the only citizen/voter who notices that Obama USES government contrary to any concept of service but as an avenue to exploitation. Like being hired to swim, so instead he poses beside the pool and makes a lot of “ooh” sounds.

Lourdes on January 17, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Y’all are right caving will ensue

cmsinaz on January 17, 2013 at 10:27 AM

You can hide a lot of RED INK with no budget.

GarandFan on January 17, 2013 at 10:29 AM

In that Act passed in 1974 are there any consequences mentioned if a budget is not passed? Usually breaking the law holds consequences. Oh that’s right consequences are just for us, not for them.

odannyboy on January 17, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Note the remarkable silence from the Left, including Leftmedia, about how Obama’s one and only budget submitted was rejected by nearly all of Congress, including most Democrats.

Obama, Reid, Pelosi, Democrats, budget…

…one of those things is not like the others.

Lourdes on January 17, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Meanwhile, a keen part of the President’s (any, all of them) job duties — what they are required to do by the Constitution — is: ensure the nation’s debts are paid.

I guess Obama and Reid think that’s going to be done by, ohh, some riffraff annoying Republican or other trash, sometime, somewhere.

It’s a duty required of Obama by the Constitution, that document that’s so annoying to him, so “old White men-ish”.

Lourdes on January 17, 2013 at 10:32 AM

This is a polite request to a return to normal order.

This,the Republicans should fold up shop and go home until normal returns.They are being blamed and demonized regardless of what they do.Obama’s childish goal is to crush them at all cost so why play anymore.

docflash on January 17, 2013 at 10:33 AM

The House GOP better not do another CR or else the last election will be a fond memory in 2014. The tea parties and conservatives are done with this BS by the Weeper of the House.

Every time he gets the House to approve a CR, he gives Jugears another stimulus with absolutely no accountability. An 800 billion dollar slush fund and it’s the GOP that is making it happen.

Watch and see what happens in 2014 if this stupid smoking jello-spined fool caves in. We (tea parties and conservatives) will kill the GOP if they don’t exceed the huevos of Sarah Palin.

platypus on January 17, 2013 at 10:33 AM

The Senate Budget Committee chair is deciding whether or not to produce a budget.

I understand committee chair people get extra pay. Sounds like she doesn’t need her’s since why have a budget committee without a budget?

Who are the dimwits that believe Owe plans to reduce the deficit when his minions can’t even pass a budget?

katablog.com on January 17, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Obama continues to throw temper tantrum because he won’t eat his peas and thinks Congress has to serve him up some fresh puppy instead.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/01/14/president-obama-uses-unscheduled-presser-to-say-raising-debt-ceiling-has-nothing-to-do-with-new-spending/

Lourdes on January 17, 2013 at 10:39 AM

In that Act passed in 1974 are there any consequences mentioned if a budget is not passed? Usually breaking the law holds consequences. Oh that’s right consequences are just for us, not for them.

odannyboy on January 17, 2013 at 10:29 AM

No, there is absolutely no consequence to breaking this law. Nothing was written to enforce it, let alone to involve some kind of punishment for breaking it.

Night Owl on January 17, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Let all say it together now. “with the economy weak and still trying to rebound we can’t at this time afford to disrupt it with a government shutdown ….”

It isn’t as if there haven’t been like 3 of these Republican caves before this to get to having gone this long.

It’s great that as long as Obama destroys the economy he gets to continue to rule like a king. What an incentive to come to the table and fix things.

Recipe for the end of America.

Conan on January 17, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Makes no difference what the Pubs do now, McCain will reach around to find some common ground and that will be that.

Mr. Arrogant on January 17, 2013 at 10:45 AM

GOP?

Never heard of them.

Rixon on January 17, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Shout the absence of a Dem budget for nearly three years and Murray’s stupid remark repeatedly in every media outlet. Do not let this folly continue.

onlineanalyst on January 17, 2013 at 11:19 AM

The Senate Budget Committee chair is deciding whether or not to produce a budget.

Nice job if you can get it. And to think, seniority and performance get you to that point.
Jabberwock on January 17, 2013 at 10:20 AM

“Hmmm… Should I be wildly irresponsible and shirk ALL my fidiciary duties for the fifth year in a row?”

“Wow. Now that’s a tough decision. Tell you what; give me a few months to think it over and maybe I’ll get back to you. Or not.”

logis on January 17, 2013 at 11:26 AM

We must take the steps necessary to avoid what Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles have told our committee will be the ‘the most predictable economic crisis in history,’

Who? What?
I think we need yet another “commission” to tell Dear Leader how to lead. /sarc
President ØbeyMe disregards all advice provided by those who are a helluva smarter than him.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on January 17, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-Wash.).

Folks, this is what our Nation has been reduced to..

..this woman, who goes into restauarants with another person
accompanying her, and when asked by the Maitre de
“table for how many”? responds with “I don’t know, I can’t
count that high either”

we literally have the most Idiotic among our population in
charge…..shudder…..

ToddPA on January 17, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Budgets are racist and anti-children, budgets limit spending and spending is what makes the economy go and create jobs so budgets are anti job anti employment— until you have heard the cries and wiped the tears of 30 year old Georgetown Universtity students who can’t afford to buy contracetives, don’t talk to me about budgets etc etc. /s

KW64 on January 17, 2013 at 12:00 PM

If the budget committee is not producing a budget, why do we have the committee?

AndrewsDad on January 17, 2013 at 1:08 PM

The 1974 act on the budget requires a proposed budget to be issued by the Senate by each April. This federal law unfortunately has NO consquences. What I don’t understand is why Republicans aren’t screaming about this illegal action by Reid and the Democratically controlled Senate.

amr on January 17, 2013 at 1:12 PM

GOP?

Never heard of them.

Rixon on January 17, 2013 at 11:00 AM

+1

herm2416 on January 17, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Democrats always shriek about the “Bush wars” not being included in the budget, yet they haven’t even passed a budget in over 4 years.

OxyCon on January 17, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Peripherally related:
Is there a single photograph: even ONE: in which Patty Murray does not look baffled, or just out-and-out slow witted?
By all accounts, she’s not the sharpest knife in the drawer; photographic evidence reinforcing her ‘not-the-gifted-kid-in-the-class’ reputation abounds.

Perhaps Senate Republicans should employ the use of hand puppets, when trying to explain budget issues to her. They DO transcend barriers of language, and basic comprehension. Just a thought.

orangemtl on January 17, 2013 at 2:34 PM