Whatever Happened to the Budget Resolution?
One of the most important tasks of the United States House of Representatives is to pass a budget resolution. The Budget Act of 1974 established a timetable for the annual budget process. Under Title III of the Act, Congress is to complete action on the concurrent resolution on the budget by April 15. While the budget resolution is a nonbinding blueprint, it is, nevertheless, an important guideline for Congress. Once the President’s proposed budget is received by Congress on the first Monday of February, Congress generally goes to work on appropriating the funds required.
Congress of course is not bound to accept the President’s budget figures, but the House has the sole power to appropriate funds for spending, and it is a duty that should not be ignored. Unfortunately, Democrats in Congress have made the decision to skip the annual task of crafting a budget for the U.S. government.
Why? It’s pretty simple. The Democratic members of Congress are unwilling, in an election year, to approve a measure sure to include huge deficits. With the midterm elections just around the corner, and voters increasingly concerned over out of control spending, Democrat leaders are now saying that it is likely that Congress will forgo passing a tax and spending plan.
In today’s environment of ever increasing deficits, it is especially important that Congress return to fiscal responsibility. A starting point would be passing a Budget Resolution. With the American people voicing their displeasure with the antics of Democrats in Congress this is not a way to restore voter confidence.
In fact, Democrats are shirking a basic congressional responsibility. Democrats in Congress are refusing to make the hard choices American families and small businesses must make every day – adopting a budget and sticking to it. With spending deficits and debt continuing to spiral out of control the refusal by Democrats to pass a Budget Resolution sends a clear signal to the people that Democrats are not serious about controlling or cutting spending.