- Posted January 15, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Three Years and Still No Federal Budget - WHY?
How can our nation confront our spending problem if our congress will not confront the fact that they have not passed a budget for more than 3 years.
Instead of taking on the tough issue of reigning in our spending, our politicians have just been passing short-term measures to get us through (the next election, it seems to me)
U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Ten said in a press release: “We have not passed a budget in more than three years and not a single appropriations bill has been brought to the floor this year.”
PolitiFact finds that Senator Corker’s comment are TRUE.
The last time the Democratic-led Senate passed a budget was on April 29, 2009.
Here is how the budget process is supposed to work:
Since the passage of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, the Senate and the House are supposed to pass budget resolutions in the spring. These budget resolutions set a framework for spending, taxation and other fiscal items in the coming fiscal year. They also lay out general plans for the next four years. If these budget resolutions differ, the chambers are supposed to hammer out a compromise.
Budget resolutions are policy plans. They are not appropriations bills, or spending bills, which actually allocate money for specific purposes.
If a budget resolution doesn’t pass, the federal government won’t go dark. In the absence of a budget resolution, appropriations bills have continued to allocate money.
While the US House passed 7 of the 12 annual appropriations bills in 2012 and then sent them to the Senate for consideration. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved 11 of the 12 spending bill and sent them to the full senate for consideration. That is where the story stops…none of these bills have been brought any of the annual spending bills to the floor. Because they were never brought to the floor, our congress has been forced to fight over these short term budget measures so that the government can keep running.
I hear it every day from the media that the republicans are to blame for all that is bad in the US, but is that a fair analysis?