Question – FY 2011 Budget

On the first of February, 2010, the President of the United State released his budget. But congress didn’t even attempt a budget resolution. This is the first time since the passage of the 1974 Budget Act when no resolution, not even a first version, was made by Congress. Only four times has the Congress failed to adopt a budget according to the Congressional Research Service – fiscal years 1999, 2003, 2005 and 2007. The one and only entry for the 2010 Budget Committee on the FY 2011 budget is Views and Estimates, March 2010.

Question: Why has Congress not worked on the FY 2011 budget for the fiscal year starting 1 Oct 2010?

(FYI: The Democrats do not want to stand for re-election with a FY 2011 budget that has a huge, make that a really huge, deficit.)

Follow Up questions:

Is it not the job of the US House to generate a budget for each fiscal year? (FYI: Absolutely!)

According to our Constitution, is not the budget process Job 1 for the US Congress? (FYI: Yes – Article I, Section 8, Clause 1:

The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

Who is responsible for deficits or surpluses? The President or Congress? (FYI: Congress – see above.)

This should be raised at every opportunity. The President proposes and Congress disposes. There were NO Reagan deficits and Bill Clinton did NOT balance the budget. For far too long, Congress has gotten away with not doing their job and not taking responsibility.

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