Murray: Hey, let’s try something different and produce a budget

posted at 11:01 am on January 23, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

At least this has the distinction of novelty. After a few weeks of waffling, the incoming chair of the Senate Budget Committee has now declared that she might just actually produce a budget — something her predecessor avoided doing for nearly four years.  Murray’s office released this statement earlier this morning:

“This year, following the two years that the bipartisan Budget Control Act took the place of a Congressional Budget, the Senate will once again return to regular order and move a budget resolution through the Budget Committee and to the Senate floor. I’ve been discussing this path with my colleagues in the weeks since the year-end deal before I officially became chairman of this committee, and now that Congress is back in session, we are ready to get to work.

“Democrats and Republicans spent the last year laying out our budget values and priorities on the campaign trail, and the American people went to the polls and strongly endorsed the Democrats’ balanced approach that puts jobs and the middle class first, calls on the wealthy to pay their fair share, protects seniors and families, and lays down a strong foundation for long-term economic growth.”

Murray follows this up with plenty of attacks on Republicans for wanting to cut entitlement programs and “hostage-taking” — twice, in fact — the fact is that the GOP couldn’t have done that if the Senate had produced normal-order budgets.  Instead, Harry Reid wanted to float discretionary government spending at FY2009 levels indefinitely while mandatory spending escalated, and Kent Conrad allowed Reid to do that by refusing to meet his legal obligations to produce budget resolutions.  Had that happened, the disputes that Murray cites would have been resolved in conference committee.

This follows Chuck Schumer’s claim on Sunday that Democrats will return to normal-order budgeting, and corroborates it.  I’d guess that Democrats had hoped to win control of the House in November if they could stage a series of budget crises and lay blame on Republicans for it. It’s a gamble that didn’t pay off, and now with the traditionally tough second-term midterm in the near future, they want to de-escalate and get back to having these fights on Capitol Hill rather than on MSNBC.  I’d consider that a short-term win for the GOP, and perhaps a longer-term win if they can get Democrats to agree to some entitlement reforms now that the spotlight won’t be shining as brightly as during the Age of Cliffs.

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Just can’t wait to see it……..oh,…..never mind.

Bmore on January 23, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Lemme guess, the evil Republicans will take hostages to prevent the noble Senate Democrats from actually proposing a serious budget.

forest on January 23, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Re-arrangement of deck chairs on the Titanic.

Yawn.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on January 23, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Well, that means they are going to let the 800 billion stimulus finally expire. I guess three re-authorizations is enough money to steal from unborn children.

Yes, the stimulus was added to the baseline and the lack of budgets was deliberately done to hide that fact. Almost a trillion dollars a year stolen in plain view.

Sooner or later somebody was going to ask if being aborted is preferable to being born with a huge debt. So they quit while they were ahead. Sort of.

platypus on January 23, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Murray: Hey, let’s try something different and produce a budget

Cue a mandatory “no shyt, Sherlock!” post.

Archivarix on January 23, 2013 at 11:16 AM

“Democrats and Republicans spent the last year laying out our budget values and priorities on the campaign trail, and the American people went to the polls and strongly endorsed the Democrats’ balanced approach …” – PattiCakes Murray

What planet has that socialist/communist been living on?
I suggest that we offer PattiCakes to Islamist countries as symbol of redistributing America’s wealth. SHE has certainly never done anything for America’s economy.
Good Lord. Murray is an embarrassment beyond words. What a pathetic little woman.
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Karl Magnus on January 23, 2013 at 11:24 AM

For nonpartisan …before it gets here!

…you have shitferbrains…the rest of you is a septic field…AND you’re overflowing!
(:->)

KOOLAID2 on January 23, 2013 at 11:30 AM

After a few weeks of waffling, the incoming chair of the Senate Budget Committee has now declared that she might just actually produce a budget — something her predecessor avoided doing for nearly four years.

…you think PMS will have him jailed for breaking the law?

KOOLAID2 on January 23, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Producing a budget where there was none is news. That fact alone should scare the hell out of any thinking person.

WitchDoctor on January 23, 2013 at 11:35 AM

In a Senate not exactly known for its Mensa members, Murray is one of the stupidest Senators.

Great choice to run the Budget committee – not.

CorporatePiggy on January 23, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Now that they’ve gotten all of the political mileage out of forcing us to drift from one fiscal crisis to the next by INTENTIONALLY not passing a budget, now they pretend it’s time to be responsible.

Good Lt on January 23, 2013 at 11:36 AM

IT’S A TRAP!!!

LoganSix on January 23, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Harry Reid’s budget will consist of 100% tax hikes and 0% cuts. Take it or leave it! We won!

iamsaved on January 23, 2013 at 11:43 AM

We can thank the Tea Party and Sarah Palin for Murray.

Mr. Arrogant on January 23, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Winning a PR battle is a good thing. Very glad that the guy in charge of the GOP is back to being in charge of the GOP.

Illinidiva on January 23, 2013 at 11:51 AM

We can thank the Tea Party and Sarah Palin for Murray.

Mr. Arrogant on January 23, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Really? Care to expand on that point? I had figured the GOP to be the reason a Dim had the position.

Bmore on January 23, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Or the electorate.

Bmore on January 23, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Patty Murray was a physical education major in college. You don’t get any smarter than that.

bw222 on January 23, 2013 at 12:29 PM

We can thank the Tea Party and Sarah Palin for Murray.

Mr. Arrogant on January 23, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Perhaps you should call yourself “Mr. Idiot.” Patty Murray was elected to the Senate in 1992. Sarah Palin was unknown outside Alaska until she was elected governor in 2006 and the Tea Party didn’t come into existence until after Obama’s election, your statement makes no sense.

bw222 on January 23, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Wonder what the average IQ of the senate is? Most probably rode the short bus and took those classes that never took tests.

However, if you could put scale on ethics, or specifically lack thereof, they’d score off the scale.

acyl72 on January 23, 2013 at 1:33 PM


Democrats and Republicans spent the last year laying out our budget values and priorities on the campaign trail, and the American people went to the polls and strongly endorsed the Democrats’ balanced approach …” – PattiCakes Murray

A quick trip over to an islamist country to have her genitals hacked off would probably greatly improve relations between the middle east and the US. It would also help on budget talks based on the brilliance of this statement.

acyl72 on January 23, 2013 at 1:37 PM

the incoming chair of the Senate Budget Committee has now declared that she might just actually produce a budget

Really? Have Murray and Schumer cleared this with Harry?

GarandFan on January 23, 2013 at 2:01 PM

A big reason this idiot is my embarrassing Senator is because the RNCC couldn’t find Washington if they were lunching at the Seattle Space Needle. Rossi would have been a welcome change out here. I apologize for Washington’s contribution to DC’s incompetent leaders.

Whiterock on January 23, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Washington is part of the Left Coast. The state hasn’t elected a Republican governor since 1984 or a Republican senator since 1994.

bw222 on January 23, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Mr. Arrogant on January 23, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Huh? No reply from you? Well I’m sure I’ll see you later, just must remember to ask again I suppose.

Bmore on January 23, 2013 at 2:59 PM

We can thank the Tea Party and Sarah Palin for Murray.

Mr. Arrogant on January 23, 2013 at 11:48 AM

That’s not true. Murray first term was long before there was a Tea Party. And at some level, it doesn’t matter if all the Republican candidates act like angels. The media will find some way to attack the GOP as too extreme.
Palin and the Tea Party aren’t crazy. They are simply victims of a MSM hit.

On the other hand, I will admit that Todd Akin was a huge drag on the last election. McCaskill planned it that way, and Akin just played right into the Democrats War on Women theme. Akin probably lost us a few more seats than his own.

thuja on January 23, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Mr. ArrogantAssgnat on January 23, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Huh? No reply from you? Well I’m sure I’ll see you later, just must remember to ask again I suppose.

Bmore on January 23, 2013 at 2:59 PM

KOOLAID2 on January 23, 2013 at 10:04 PM