Senate Democrats Refuse To Allow A Budget
Congress is in recess until Monday, April 23.
Yesterday the House passed (235-173) HR 9, The Small Business Tax Cut Act which would reduce the tax rate on small businesses from from 35% to 28%. he Senate did not advance any bills.
After not adopting a budget resolution since April 29, 2009—1,087 days ago—the Senate's Democrat majority appeared set this week to at least hold a mark-up in the Budget Committee; that is, debate and amend the measure before voting whether or not to send it to the full Senate. At the last minute, however, the Senate's Democrat leadership and Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad cancelled the mark-up. Senators were instead only permitted to offer opening statements; no amendments were considered and no votes were cast.
Although they were prevented from considering amendments, offering alternative proposals, or voting on any budget resolution, every Republican Senator on the Budget Committee attended this week’s committee meeting to urge the chamber’s Democrat majority to reverse its three-year position that no budget should be considered in the Senate. They were a more than a little irritated after the Democrats cancelled the markup of the budget after the Democrat Senators again basically proclaimed - "We Don't Need No Stinking Budgets." he democrats are repeating their mantra from 2010 of pushing for a continuing resolution to avoid going on the record for the public to see before the 2012 elections. It is save their butts time.
Every Republican Senator attended the committee meeting to urge the chamber's Democrat leadership to abandon its resistance to taking up a budget plan. Below they joining together at the cancelled budget markup to demand that the Senate Majority allow votes on the budget.
If you missed it, this week, Senate Republicans did something officially about the Unconstitutional Recess Appointments made by President Barack Obama. They retained former Assistant to the Solicitor General Miguel Estrada to file an amicus brief on behalf of Senate Republicans in a challenge (Noel Canning v. NLRB) to the constitutionality of President Obama’s so-called “recess” appointments to the National Labor Relations Board in January.
The suit is being brought by Noel Canning, a local, family-owned business in Washington State that bottles and distributes soft drinks. The company is challenging the NLRB’s determination that it must enter into a collective bargaining agreement with a labor union.
“The President’s decision to circumvent the American people by installing his appointees at a powerful federal agency, when the Senate was not in recess, and without obtaining the advice and consent of the Senate, is an unprecedented power grab,” Sen. McConnell said. “We will demonstrate to the Court how the President’s unconstitutional actions fundamentally endanger the Congress’s role in providing a check on the excesses of the executive branch.”
McConnell continued: “Miguel Estrada is one of the country’s foremost appellate advocates. He has argued 20 cases before the United States Supreme Court, and we are gratified that he will defend the Senate’s constitutional role in the confirmation process.”
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