(UnitedVoice.com) – It’s an election year and Democrats are signaling their fear of fulfilling their Constitutional duties and risk showing that the party is fractured. The budgeting and appropriation of funds is one of the exclusive powers given to Congress in the Constitution. Democrats plan to skip the budget process, again.
Last year, Democrats were barely able to pass the fiscal year 2019 budget out of committee. Ultimately, the House Democratic leadership pulled the budget from the floor because liberals threatened to sink the bill unless moderates agreed to less spending on defense and more on social programs.
House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) said about a budget resolution this year, “I wouldn’t bet on doing it.”
The Congressional Budget Office this week released a report that said the deficit will grow by $39B in the first quarter of 2020 to $358 billion. That’s a 12% increase over the same period in 2019. In addition, revenues grew by 5% but spending grew 7%.
Why a Budget Resolution Is Important
The government’s fiscal budget year runs from October 1st to September 30th of the next year which includes a projection for income and a detailed spending plan.
To create a spending plan as massive as the federal budget, agencies start putting together a proposal for their expenditures approximately 18 months before a new fiscal year. Once completed, agency budgets go to the White House to help create the president’s budget request to Congress.
The first Monday in February, the president normally gives Congress a budget proposal for the next fiscal year.
Once delivered to Congress, both the House and Senate analyze the president’s budget proposal and each draft a budget resolution establishing spending levels.
A conference committee then resolves the differences between the two chambers and a final version is created that both chambers vote on.
If the House does not vote on a budget resolution, there can be no budget.
Democrats Are Responsible for Exploding Deficits
In 2019, Democrats were fractured between liberals who wanted a massive hike in domestic spending and moderates who believed defense spending was important. Ultimately, Democrat leadership pulled the budget from the floor at the last minute before fractures in the party could be exposed publicly.
While some in the media and Democrats are blaming Trump for exploding deficits, it’s a hard argument to make when there is no budget to determine what should and should not be spent. Lack of accountability by Congress allows for runaway spending and exploding deficits.
Democrats Don’t Like Budgets – Republicans Believe They Are Vital
Some Democrats don’t even like the idea of budgeting expenses in itself. Leading Democratic liberal Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) said, “I’m not, like, a great advocate on the budget because I think so often it’s relatively meaningless.”
With the national debt growing beyond $23 trillion, the Budget Committee’s top Republican, Rep. Steve Womack (R-AR) said, “I think the only way to really manage our way out of this fiscal mess we’re in right now is to actually do a budget resolution and use the tools in that toolbox to include reconciliation to make changes on the mandatory side.”
According to Womack, Democrats have thrown the budgeting process out and ignored it entirely.
“It’s a lazy man’s approach to budgeting: Just let the leadership pick the numbers, get those pluck out of the air, and then everybody just go along with it.”
Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) said, “I think it’s always a problem when you can’t pass a budget, when you can’t even get a budget out of your own committee when you’re the majority.”
What are the consequences of not passing a budget?
There would be no accountability to the taxpayers for how money is spent. Because there is no accountability, exploding deficits occur.
That’s on the Democrats!
By Don Purdum, Freelance Contributor
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