Despite tough talk from self-proclaimed fiscal conservatives in the United States House of Representatives on out-of-control government spending, House Republicans passed a bill that permits the president a three-month hike in the $16.4 trillion debt ceiling. The vote on measure passed 285 to 144, with more Democrats voting against it than Republicans. The agreement has provoked anger from conservatives who believe the GOP has failed to maintain fiscal conservatism by caving on the debt ceiling, however temporary, without securing any budget cuts.
The "No Budget, No Pay" bill allows the government to continue borrowing through May 18 but withholds pay for lawmakers in the House or the Senate if either chamber fails to pass a budget by April 15.
The last time the Democrat-controlled United States Senate passed a budget was April 29, 2009, nearly 1,000 days ago. House Republicans, on the other hand, have passed budgets for two consecutive years.
When the Senate passed the budget in 2009, President Obama had praised Democratic leaders for passing a resolution that Obama claimed would “serve as an economic blueprint for this nation’s future.”
Since then, however, Obama has seemed to place less of an emphasis on a federal budget and instead has allowed the federal government to operate without one.
Meanwhile, that “economic blueprint” has not created the millions of jobs and new industries that the president had promised at the time of its passage. In fact, according to Mike Brownfield of the Heritage Foundation, taxes paid per household have exceeded $18,000 while federal spending per household has reached nearly $30,000. And between the years 2010 and 2021, it is projected to increase to $35,000 per household.
House Speaker John Boehner addressed the lack of budget on Tuesday.
"Over the last four years, House Republicans have offered plans. Our budget plans — we've done our budgets. But it's been nearly four years since the Senate has done a budget," Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday. "Most Americans believe: you don't do your job, you shouldn't get paid. That's the basis for a no-budget, no pay. It's time for the Senate to act."
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