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View Diary: A conversation with a staffer at my [rightwing]House representative's office (206 comments)

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  •  So THIS needs to be an op-ed by every Dem (2+ / 0-)
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    Laconic Lib, Mark Lippman

    pundit:  you have put it so clearly, and it's what people just don't understand:

    I answered the only way I could.  “The President’s Fiscal Year 2014 Budget was posted on the Congressional Budget Office website earlier this year and the CBO analyzed it and published its findings online. “

    “Luke” tried to interrupt me but I wasn’t done speaking. “You know, this isn’t the first year ever for Congress to work on fiscal matters.  The budget process is outlined in the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 with a calendar of deadlines to keep the process on track for completion before the fiscal new  year on October 1. You can find that on the Budget Committee page for the House and Senate.  The required deadlines were very important to the Republicans in January and they introduced the No Budget No Pay Act because they wanted strict adherence on the deadlines.  It was passed in the House and Senate and the President signed it.  The House and Senate passed their budgets  by the deadline and what happened after that?  Why weren’t the rest of the deadlines on the calendar completed?”

    “Luke” didn’t sound so cocky anymore.  “But the President has to negotiate.”

    I told him to look at the calendar of deadlines.  “The House and Senate have to go to conference to reconcile the differences between their two budget resolutions.  When Reid tried to get the process started in the Senate, the usual suspects from the GOP rose one by one with objections.  This was a charade that went on for weeks.  They made it clear that they wanted the Democrats consent agreement in advance on all of the elements in the Ryan budget passed by the House or there would be no conference.   They were the ones who didn’t want to negotiate.   Read the verbatim transcripts in the Congressional Record from April 24 to May 15.  The Republicans never even appointed conferees to the conference because they didn’t want to negotiate.  Instead they let the clock run out on the fiscal year knowing that they made no appropriations for the new fiscal year.  They didn’t even reauthorize 2013 spending to avoid disruptions on October 1.  They thought it would be easier to extract concessions from the Democrats once they were faced with the urgency of a government shutdown.

    That's one more thing to add to my long list of small problems. --my son, age 10

    by concernedamerican on Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 06:49:19 AM PDT

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