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In this image provided by Meet the Press, Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., appears on NBC In this image provided by Meet the Press, Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., appears on NBC's "Meet the Press" in Washington on Sunday, April 24, 2011. (AP Photo/William B. Plowman, NBC)  

Senate Republicans, Democrats stall on producing a budget

While the clock is ticking toward the imminent August 2nd deadline for Congress to pass a budget, both Republicans and Democrats in the Senate are holding out as long as possible and trading progress on a serious budget for political gains.

Democrats on the Senate Budget Committee, chaired by Sen. Kent Conrad, have stalled on producing a budget proposal in the hopes that the Gang of Six talks would prove successful. When it became clear the talks would not lead to a budget compromise, Conrad announced last week that he was putting off a proposal “indefinitely”.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, however, plans to bring to a vote, budgets proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, and President Obama – none of which represent Senate Democrats’ views, and are destined to fail.

But the Republican leadership, like Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, is actively working against Senate Republicans having a budget they can be held accountable for, according to one Republican staffer, and instructing Republicans to “stand down” on the issue behind the scenes.

McConnell’s strategy, according to the staffer, is to protect moderate Republicans like Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, from having to vote for a more conservative budget. If Reid’s doomed votes go forward as planned, Snowe and Collins can safely vote against them.

Moreover, McConnell’s  budget strategy could also include a larger plan that a “do-nothing” Senate will work in his favor to take back the chamber for Republicans in 2012.

“Republicans specialize in playing to lose in the Senate, not forcing tough votes and they would have been complicit in this deal instead of telling Reid it is time to take some tough votes on the budget,” the staffer told The Daily Caller.

In other words, Republicans don’t want to force the budget issue any more than the Democrats do.

One Republican – Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama – is being particularly vocal on the Senate’s failure to seriously engage in a budget debate. On Monday, Sessions spoke on the Senate floor and objected to the Reid’s scheduled budget votes, calling them “cynical political games,” and in doing so, rejected the request for unanimous consent.

“The planned series of votes are designed by the Majority Leader to fail,” said Sessions. “They are designed as a gimmick to distract attention from the unwillingness of Senate Democrats to produce an honest plan. They are designed to keep this Senate form doing its job and defending this Republic from a grave financial danger.”

He also spoke out against the Senate going on Memorial Day recess while no progress is being made on the budget.

His objections, however, do not mean that the budget proposals will not be voted on this week. Scheduling them ahead of time like Reid plans, means that the votes would require unanimous consent (UC). Sessions simply announced he would not approve UC, but because budget resolutions get special treatments under Senate rules, they can be called for a vote at any time.

Reid’s spokesperson, Jon Summers, responded to Session’s threats on Twitter, writing “In case anyone had any doubts, Sen. Sessions just made it clear: Repubs are petrified of voting on their own party’s plan to end Medicare.”

  • DANIEL CABRERA

    First; If the Daily Caller liberal infiltration (the “moderator”) does not permit this to be posted (so nobody can read it)…it is ok for it is all over the entire NET…let’s see.
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    Budget?…what budget?….this Mickey Mouse administration does not believe in budget.My question is (like everyone’s question) – WHERE OUR TAXPAYERS MONEY GOES?

    Care to know a thing or two? Very well. Everyone knows the absurdity of Mr Obama in regards the Israel-PLO (and the rest of the jihaddist assassins there int he middle east) problematic…right? everyone knows.

    Now there is a reson for that…a reason on why and how our taxpayers money is distributed by Mr Obama and his partners there in Washington.

    THE CURRENT ADMININSTRATION IS AIDING OUR ENEMIES AND THE ENEMIES OF ISRAEL!

    Is that pathetic or what?….AAhh!! some of you did not know about this?…well there is a lot on this….by bags!….but let’s be brief…just a thing or two,..shall we?

    WHERE THE TAXPAYER MONEY GOES?…HOW IS USED? …OR MISUSED?

    It goes to BRIBE, EXTORTION, INTIMIDATION,…goes to ‘agencies’..and / or ‘oraganizations’ of questionable integrity and ligitamcy…(ACORN, for example)…goes to TERRORISTS GROUPS AND TERRORISTS-HEAVEN COUNTRIES.

    Curiousity ensues?…start here;

    May 12, 2009

    The risk of giving money to Hamas
    Ed Lasky

    The Obama administration has been promoting a Palestinian unity government between Fatah and Hamas. The administration has asked for 900 million dollars in additional aid for the Palestinians to help rebuild Gaza (ruled by Hamas).

    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2009/05/the_risk_of_giving_money_to_ha.html
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    Rebuilding Hamas’ killing machine

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    Posted: March 18, 2009
    1:00 am Eastern

    By Jamie Glazov
    © 2009

    The image is a disturbing but totally expected one: Islamofascists doing the Nazi salute and Western leftists prostrating themselves before them and, sadder yet, sending them money.
    There’s been a long and ugly tradition of the left romancing tyrants and terrorists, and the Obama administration has now picked up the torch – flirting with Hamas and planning to hand over $900 million of American taxpayers’ money into its blood-soaked hands.

    http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=92080
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    Thursday, September 3, 2009
    Neutrality on Iraq-Syria: Obama Administration Betrays Ally and Doesn’t Even Defend Its Own Soldiers
    http://rubinreports.blogspot.com/2009/09/neutrality-on-iraq-syria-obama.html
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    FROM WND’S JERUSALEM BUREAU
    Obama opens up billions in business for Syria
    Damascus gets crucial deal without promising to drop alliance with Iran
    Posted: October 09, 2009
    10:26 am Eastern
    http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=112435
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    Obama’s General Says: Syria Allied with Al-Qaida, Attacking U.S.; White House Says: Is that a Problem?

    Sunday, 22 November 2009 06:27 Barry Rubin Blog

    http://www.reformsyria.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3694:obamas-general-says-syria-allied-with-al-qaida-attacking-us-white-house-says-is-that-a-problem-by-barry-rubin&catid=95:blog&Itemid=298
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    May 12, 2009
    The risk of giving money to Hamas
    Ed Lasky

    The Obama administration has been promoting a Palestinian unity government between Fatah and Hamas. The administration has asked for 900 million dollars in additional aid for the Palestinians to help rebuild Gaza (ruled by Hamas).
    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2009/05/the_risk_of_giving_money_to_ha.html

    Were the money goes?…now you know (just a bit)

    Now, anybody interested can go into details.

    Daniel Cabrera
    Merrillville,Indiana

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2011/05/24/tax-cheats-among-recipients-of-stimulus-money/#ixzz1NJvpZOrm

  • DocFreeman

    What is pathetic is they are playing right into BHO’s hands. He does not want a budget he wants a blank credit card for his personnel use. BHO wants to govern America his way and does not need Congress for anything. He goes around Congress like the wreck in the road it is. BHO just tells his department secretaries what he wants and they simply implement s it. Look at EPA, look at NLB. So who need Congress and budget? BHO just tells Timothy Geithner who to pay or give out hand outs to the foreign country that BHO is trying to impress at the time or that he needs. So WHO NEEDS A BUDGET OR CONGRESS? Bad thing is Congress has not caught on yet.