Last night, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz insisted that it was “simply not true” that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has refused to bring a budget to the Senate floor. Maybe she should have checked to see what Reid actually said: he doesn’t plan to bring a budget to the floor this year and the White House is just fine with that.
In February, Sen. Reid Said “We Do Not Need To Bring A Budget To The Floor This Year.” “Senate Democratic leaders on Friday said they do not intend to bring a fiscal 2013 budget up for a floor vote. ‘We do not need to bring a budget to the floor this year - it’s done, we don’t need to do it,’ Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told reporters on Friday.” (Vicki Needham, “Reid: This Year’s Budget Is Done,” The Hill’s “On The Money,” 2/3/12)
Senate Democrats Have Not Passed A Budget For 1,072 Days, Since April 29, 2009. (S. Con. Res. 13, Roll Call 173; D 53-3, R 0-40, I 2-0, 4/29/09)
- Only 51 Votes Are Required For A Budget To Pass. “Republicans jumped on Mr Lew, pointing out that under Congress’ budget procedure, a budget resolution cannot be filibustered and thus only needs a simple majority vote - typically 51 votes - to pass.” (“Why The Senate Hasn’t Passed A Budget,” The Economist’s “Free Exchange,” 2/15/12)
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Says The White House Has “No Opinion” On Whether The Senate Should Pass A Budget. ABC NEWS’ JAKE TAPPER: “The White House has no opinion about whether or not the Senate should pass a budget? The president’s going to introduce one. The Fed chair says not having one is bad for growth. But the White House has no opinion about whether - ” JAY CARNEY: “ I have no opinion - the White House has no opinion on Chairman Bernanke’s assessment of how the Senate ought to do its business.” (White House Press Briefing, 2/8/12)