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1,000 Days Without a Budget

by Douglas Kellogg / /

The U.S. Senate has not passed a budget since April 29th,2009. 1,000 days have now passed.

The failure of the Senate to do so has led toseveral near shutdowns of the government. Both parties are quick to blame eachother over the stalemate, yet the Republican-controlled House managed to pass a budget in April of last year.   

Through media appearances, and viral videos, Republicans arecalling attention to this fact. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member ofthe Senate Budget Committee, and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Chairman of the HouseBudget Committee stated:

"[Today] will mark a sad milestone in the history ofthe United States Senate: the 1,000th day since Senate Democrats last offered abudget plan to the American people. Senate Democrats abandoned their officialduty to prioritize Americans’ hard-earned tax dollars and tackle our nation’smost pressing economic challenges—dealing a painful blow tofiscal progress that may be felt for some time." 

Last night, President Obama addressed a nation with over $15trillion in debt knowing that his own party in the Senate has failed to workout a solution. As Ryan and Sessions stated, “The president must also deliverwhat he has so far refused: Serious reforms to change our debt course andprevent fiscal disaster.”