The Associated Press is reporting that Senate Democrats are putting off drafting a budget because, “Many Democrats want to avoid the tough votes that advancing a Democrats-only budget would guarantee.” It’s time for Democrats to join House Republicans in putting forward a serious plan that will actually reduce the deficit and cut spending in order to grow our economy and create jobs.
Senate Democrats delay action on budget plan
May 19, 2011
WASHINGTON – The top Democrat in the Senate on budget matters says he’s holding off on advancing a budget plan.
Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad says he’s waiting to see the results of bipartisan talks involving Vice President Joe Biden on legislation to allow the government to borrow to pay its bills.
The North Dakota Democrat says the annual congressional budget process might be needed to expedite passage of that measure without threat of a filibuster by Republicans.
Lawmakers in both parties are demanding spending cuts as the price for raising the so-called debt ceiling.
Republicans say Democrats should go ahead and write a budget now to show the public how they would tackle out-of-control budget deficits.
Many Democrats want to avoid the tough votes that advancing a Democrats-only budget would guarantee