House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) confirms in a speech to a hard-left activist group today that Democrats will not pass a budget resolution this year but will instead “deem” as passed support for the goals of the president’s hand-picked fiscal commission.
Deeming an "enforcement resolution" as passed ducks a recorded vote on a budget blueprint instead promising to vote on the commission’s recommendations after the elections during a lame duck session.
From a report today in The Hill newspaper:
“It isn’t possible to debate and pass a realistic, long-term budget until we’ve considered the bipartisan commission’s deficit-reduction plan, which is expected in December,” according to Hoyer’s prepared remarks that were provided to The Hill.
The House has never failed to pass an annual budget resolution since the current budget rules were put into place in 1974. Hoyer this spring noted that the GOP-led Congress didn’t pass a final resolution in 1998, 2004 and 2006.
The House will put forth a “budget enforcement resolution” rather than a budget blueprint that looks beyond next year and calculates five or 10 years’ worth of deficit figures.
The House’s “enforcement” — or deeming — resolution will endorse the goals of the president’s fiscal commission and reiterate the commitment to vote on its recommendations after the midterm elections. And it will also set limits on discretionary spending “that require further cuts below the president’s budget,” according to the speech.
What actually isn’t possible is for Democrats to go on the record endorsing a budget blueprint that adds to their unprecedented spending and deficits.
“In his speech today, Majority Leader Hoyer admits that House Democrats will not do a budget this year, for the first time in modern history. He also admits that he supports raising taxes on the middle class to pay for more government spending,” said House Republican Leader John Boehner (Ohio). “That is the ideology of Washington Democrats: just keep spending taxpayers’ money – with no plan, no discipline, and no accountability.”
“Every American knows that our country is going through tough times. Unemployment is near ten percent nationwide. In my home state of Ohio, it’s even higher. Every American family also knows what Washington Democrats can’t seem to grasp: in tough times it’s more important — not less — to have a budget, to set priorities, and to live within your means,” Boehner added.
Boehner’s office this morning released a notice of “Budget Cancellation”:
In light of House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer’s (D-MD) announcement today that House Democrats will not pass a budget this year — failing to fulfill what he has called “the most basic responsibility” of governing — the following important fiscal health warning has been issued:
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THE BUDGET HAS BEEN
WE REGRET TO INFORM YOU THAT
THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET
PLANNED FOR FISCAL YEAR 2011 HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO WASHINGTON DEMOCRATS’ OUT-OF-CONTROL SPENDING SPREE.
AN APOLOGY FOR THIS BETRAYAL OF AMERICAN TAXPAYERS DOES NOT APPEAR TO BE FORTHCOMING AT THIS TIME.
BE ADVISED THAT THE FOLLOWING SERVICES WILL BE INTERRUPTED:
• Imposing the fiscal discipline economists say is needed to create jobs and boost our economy
• Reining in the out-of-control spending spree and $13 trillion debt that is killing American jobs
• Carrying out the “most basic responsibility of governing”
• Stopping middle-class tax hikes that will sock family budgets at the worst possible time
• Providing the leadership on jobs and the economy that Americans say is sorely lacking
• Protecting our kids and grandkids from the enormous debt burden Washington has placed on them
We reserve the right to notify you of additional consequences that may arise in light of this budget failure, which is unprecedented in the modern era. In the interim, please brace for more spending, more debt, more tax hikes, more broken promises.
For families and small businesses looking for a government that listens to the people it serves and respects their hard-earned money, House Republicans are offering better solutions to cut spending now and help small businesses put people back to work.
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