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  •  how would that help? (1+ / 0-)
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    a Senate budget wouldn't prevent the House from refusing to raise the debt ceiling.  And that's what got us Simpson Bowles and the fiscal cliff.

    •  Because the country is entitled to a (1+ / 0-)
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      debate over the serious topics facing this country:  how the Congress plans to spend its tax dollars, whether the Congress plans to spend more to create jobs and how it plans to do that, whether Congress plans to cut spending on entitlement programs, whether Congress plans to raise taxes, and on whom.  

      The Budget Resolution process is supposed to be a vehicle where the country can see the debate on -- and weigh in on -- the priorities of Congress.  

      I detest the process we've gotten to, where a few people negotiate a deal out of sight of everybody.  

      I would like to see the country demand that we go back to a process where everything is passed pursuant to regular order, where we can see where our elected officials stand on these issues, where we can weigh in on those priorities BEFORE the are negotiated away as part of a deal.

      •  Republicans are not interested in serious debate (0+ / 0-)

        They want to score political points to use in the next election.

        Filibuster reform now. No more Gentleman's agreements.

        by bear83 on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 11:44:13 AM PST

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        •  I really don't care what Republicans want (1+ / 0-)
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          The voters of this country are entitled to hear from their elected officials as to what they intend to do and to have those elected officials state that position by their vote.  

          I'm fed up with backroom negotiations.  The voters deserve a transparent process where they can hold elected officials accountable.

        •  bear - for F2009 & 10 the Dem led House (0+ / 0-)

          didn't pass a budget when Nancy Pelosi was Speaker. Why?

          "let's talk about that"

          by VClib on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 09:37:36 PM PST

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