by Max Brantley
The Republican talking point factory has been madly pushing the message today that it has been 1,000 days without a U.S. budget because of opposition in the Senate. The Arkansas Republican Party and U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin have been among those dutifully regurgitating the talking point.
The talking point happens to be false, Democrats say.
Huge hypocrisy factor, naturally. Dr. No Boozman and Karl Rove's boy Tim Griffin's crocodile tears should be stacked up against 2004 and 2006 when George W. Bush was president. Republicans held the Senate and House and White House and failed to pass a budget. Dr. No was in the House. Tiny Tim was WORKING for Bush. Bet they didn't issue lamentations then. BHDs.
If facts matter, the Democrat explanation follows (and this is apart from the fact that the Senate can do NOTHING unless the Republican minority agrees not to filibuster):
Fact Sheet Responding to Republican "No Budget" Claims
PREPARED BY: MAJORITY STAFF, SENATE BUDGET COMMITTEE
Republican Claims That the Senate Has Not Passed a Budget Are WRONG
It is wrong to assert that there is no budget. The Budget Control Act enacted in August contained the budget for this year. It was passed by both the House and Senate, signed by the President, and enacted into law.
The Budget Control Act achieved all of the essential elements of a traditional budget — setting discretionary caps, providing enforcement mechanisms, and creating a process for addressing entitlement spending and revenues.
In many ways, the Budget Control Act was even more extensive than a traditional budget:
* It has the force of law, unlike a budget resolution that is not signed by the President.
* It set discretionary caps for 10 years, instead of the one year normally set in a budget resolution.
* It provided enforcement mechanisms, including a two-year “deemer,” allowing budget points of order to be enforced.
* And it addressed entitlement spending and revenues by creating the “Super Committee,” which was given explicit authority to reform entitlements and the tax code. The Super Committee process represented an enhanced version of the reconciliation process that can be established under a budget resolution. And it was further backed up with a $1.2 trillion sequester.
Republican rhetoric aside, Congress did pass a budget. The Republican-controlled House passed it; the Democratic Senate passed it; and the President signed it. The Budget Control Act set 10 years of spending caps; it established a two-year “deemer” to enforce spending levels; and it created a reconciliation-like process to consider entitlement and tax reform.
All members of the Arkansas delegation, including Forgetful Tim, voted for this legislation.