Every time your Democratic friends and interlocutors accuse the House Republicans of being an obstructionist “do-nothing” chamber of Congress, remind them of this fact: as of today, December 27, 2011, it has been 972 days since Senate Democrats passed a a budget.
And during that nearly three-year period, the president’s party enjoyed a supermajority in that legislative chamber for two full years, with a filibuster-proof majority for almost seven months. January 24, 2012, the same day as the president’s State of the Union address will mark the 1,000th day since the chamber his party controls has passed a budget. Wonder how many media outlets will remind us of that fact.
Oh, and “annual budgets cannot be filibustered.”
It took House Republicans only 104 days after returning to majority status in the House to pass a budget.
Now, to be sure, the president did propose a budget for FY 2012 and it did come up for a vote in the Democratic-majority Senate. Problem is is that it didn’t garner a single Democratic vote.
Do hope we see more scrutiny of the Democratic budgetary failure in our mainstream media. But, I’m not holding my breath.