Democrats to Have Budget Soon: Been There, Heard That

Kent Conrad (D-ND), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, has been saying for a couple weeks now that Democrats have – or are working on – their own budget and will release it “soon.”

This should sound familiar. While it has been 797 days (April 29, 2009) since Senate Democrats have passed a budget, is has been only a couple months since the last time Senate Democrats claimed to have a budget.

On April 13, 2011, Chairman Conrad claimed that Senate Democrat leadership that a mark-up would take place: “the signal has been given to me: we’re good to go.” On May 3rd, Conrad says the mark-up would be ready within the week.

By May 17th, however, Conrad admits that there are no immediate plans to mark-up a budget. After this, Senate Democrats began saying that they wouldn’t even provide a budget. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said on May 19th that it would be “foolish” to produce a budget.

A couple days later, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said that a Democrat alternative to the Paul Ryan budget is “not the point.” By June 7th, several Democrat Senators begin expressing concern over their party’s lack of a budget. Just days later, Senator Reid claims that budget issues “have no bearing on what I think is important for the country today.”

Really, Senator Reid? Deciding how the government will use taxpayer dollars to fund programs isn’t important for the country?

Then we come to June 16th, and, magically, the Democrats are once again claiming they are drafting a budget plan. By the end of June, Chairman Conrad says – once again – that they have a budget ready for mark-up.

The cycle begins again. How long do you think they will pretend to have a budget this time?

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