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Pence: Efforts to ‘Deem’ a Budget are a ‘Fraud’

Rep. Mike Pence, Chairman of the House Republican Conference today called expected attempts this week by House Democrats to “deem” a budget resolution as passed a “fraud.”

“Republicans are committed to demanding leadership from this Congress that will get this economy moving again and get spending under control and we’ll be taking that case against this fraud of their so-called ‘deemed’ budget resolution to the American people this week,” Pence said at a presser today.
    
As previously reported on HUMAN EVENTS, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said in a speech recently to a hard-left activist group Democrats would “deem” as passed a budget enforcement resolution instead of actually working out an actual budget resolution this year. 

“It is truly extraordinary that Democrats this week, after abdicating their responsibility to create a federal budget through the ordinary process of committee drafting and floor consideration, now expect the American people to accept some effort to ‘deem’ a budget,” Pence said.  

This week, Democrat majority is set to “deem” an enforcement resolution as passed which means they’ll say it passed without voting on anything.  This would allow appropriations committees to begin their spending processes without an actual budget.

“Budgets are important because they provide a template for the priorities of spending and revenues that provide an environment for growth,” Pence said.  “But more poignantly than the internal machinations of the creation of a budget, the outlining of priorities, is this Congress also cannot deem a recovery of the American economy.”

House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said America didn’t accept “deeming” the passage of Obamacare and they won’t accept it for a budget.

“You all remember when the Democrats back in March were going deem the health care bill passed and Americans were outraged at the idea,” Boehner said.  “Well, here we are today, where the Democrats are scheming to deem a budget in place.  It’s not a budget: all it is is a set of numbers so Democrats can continue their out-of-control spending spree here in Washington.”

Pence also offered a reality check for the American people.

 “House Republicans’ advice to the American people is that when it comes to a Democrat budget, don’t blink,” Pence said.  “The reality is that you can’t deem a federal budget that you never passed. For the first time in the history of this institution, since the Budget Act, Democrats will actually ‘deem’ a budget that never went through the ordinary process of choosing and deciding on the priorities of the American people.”

The American people won’t have to deem anything come November — as we deliberately mark the days on our calendars.

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Connie Hair writes a weekly column for HUMAN EVENTS. She is a former speechwriter for Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.).

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