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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) may consider it “foolish” for Democrats to propose a budget, what with Joe Biden on the brink of solving the debt crisis and all. But Republican Senators are furious that, given the economic circumstances, the Democratic-controlled Senate has gone more than 750 days without passing an actual budget.
It has now been 754 days since the Senate last passed a budget. We have less than six months remaining until the start of the new fiscal year and the Senate has yet to produce a basic budget plan to substantively address our grave fiscal crisis. With our nation officially reaching the $14.3 trillion debt limit last week, we urge you to take the steps necessary to bring a FY2012 budget forward in committee and on the floor for an open, honest, and serious debate.
Wait, why would the Senate propose a budget? Doesn't Article I, Section 7 state that all revenue bills shall originate in the House of Representatives?
It grates on my nerves that NOT ONCE does this letter state that the Senate is LEGALLY obligated to pass a budget, and that failing to do so for 750+ days calls into question the LEGITIMACY of the tribunal.