For the third year in a row, Democrats controlling the Senate have failed to produce a serious budget. Democratic Budget Committee Chairman Sen. Kent Conrad tabled the vote late Wednesday, arguing with (and perhaps at the behest of) Democratic leadership that the August debt-ceiling deal technically provides a discretionary spending budget for 2013, thereby satisfying legal requirements to consider a budget.
“This is the wrong time to vote in committee; this is the wrong time to vote on the floor,” The Hill reports Conrad said. “I don’t think we will be prepared to vote before the election.”
Conrad failed to mention the inability of Senate Democrats to rally behind any particular budget, let alone any plan with Republicans. The move stunned Senate Republicans, who called the announcement an embarrassment, as Senate Budget Committee Ranking Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions said in a statement:
"Chairman Conrad’s stunning announcement, forced on him by his party, is a defining moment in 2012 and a national embarrassment for a Senate majority that is unable to meet the great challenge of our time.
It’s been 1,084 days since the last time the Senate’s Democrat majority passed a budget plan, despite a simple majority threshold for passage. Our nation has never needed a budget more, and, as a party, Senate Democrats haven’t produced a plan for three years or conducted a committee mark-up for two. "
The complete inability of Senate Democrats to produce a plan while the government appears to continue to function day-to-day basis, baffles many Americans who cannot imagine holding their household together without a budget, especially in these demanding economic times.
"Real News" panelist Will Cain admits he doesn't even know how Democrats can pull this off year in, year out. Cain explained the budgetary responsibilities of Congress and how some legislators have avoided their duties regarding the nation’s purse strings on the show Wednesday, as well as why a budget matters.
Bonus: S.E. Cupp rants on the sad history of the Bowles-Simpson plan: