WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL) today voted to demand the Senate finally pass a real, responsible budget for the U.S. government after four years of failing to do so.
“Families do it. State legislatures do it. City councils do it. Even student councils do it. Yet, for four years the Senate has failed to pass a budget,” Rep. Roby said. “It’s beyond irresponsible; it’s downright reckless, and it ends now.”
Today’s bill, which passed with broad bi-partisan support, includes a short-term extension of the debt limit to pay for already-incurred spending and give House and Senate leaders time to pass an operating budget. The end goal of the House-passed bill is to force the Democratic-led Senate to pass, as Rep. Roby put it, “a realistic, responsible budget.”
“If they do not, if they fail to pass a budget, then they - the Senate - will be threatening the full faith and credit of the United States. No more long-term increases in the debt limit without meaningful and responsible reductions in government spending. No more kicking the can down the road. No more operating without a budget. We will hold the president and his Senate accountable for their failures on the budget, beginning today. It’s time for the Democratic-controlled Senate to do its job, and pass a budget.”
It has been 1,365 since the Senate passed a budget to outline federal funding and set spending levels. Their continued failure to complete this fundamental governing responsibility threatens the nation’s economic future by forcing the government to operate on temporary spending bills that pile up more national debt.