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The law requires Congress to pass a budget every year; They haven't since *2009*

GOP may use debt ceiling to force Harry Reid to pass budget

by Byron York | Washington Examiner

Tuesday marks the 1,350th day since the Senate passed a budget. The law requires Congress to pass a budget every year, on the grounds that Americans deserve to know how the government plans to spend the trillions of taxpayer dollars it collects, along with dollars it borrows at the taxpayers' expense. But Majority Leader Harry Reid, who last allowed a budget through the Senate in April 2009, has ignored the law since then.

There's no mystery why. The budget passed by large Democratic majorities in the first months of the Obama administration had hugely elevated levels of spending in it. By not passing a new spending plan since, Reid has in effect made those levels the new budgetary baseline. Congress has kept the government going with continuing resolutions based on the last budget signed into law.

While Reid has forbidden action, the House has passed budgets as required. Senate Democrats have been highly critical of those budgets, designed by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan. But under Reid's leadership, Democrats have steadfastly refused to come up with a plan of their own.

The situation is deeply frustrating for many Republicans. Sen. Jeff Sessions, ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, has conducted a virtual crusade on the issue, loudly and consistently and unsuccessfully demanding that Reid obey the law and pass a budget. Now, with a fight over the debt ceiling approaching, Sessions wants to try something new

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too busy working on the whole

trillion dollar coin angle.

Failing to defend and uphold the Constitution is treason.

Crank up the hemp production, we're gonna need a lot of rope.

Free includes debt-free!

No sitting Senate since 1913. Consequently, no budget.

The House huffs... & puffs... but cannot blow itself down.

Not up. Nor down. The House is supposed to originate all United States of America appropriations... Spending bills. Sprees.

The Senate is obliged to approve the proposed House spending sprees. Read the 17th Amendment to see how the Senate was disappeared before the states very eyes. The ayes have it. That dastardly amendment was "Deemed as Passed."

The President is supposed to approve & administer those said same spending sprees in the interest o "We the People." But he does more & less. Oh, so much more. Far, far more... In lands far, far away...

Oh so much less... Less in the interest of "We the People." What a quandary.

[Bow head. Continue reading large colorful history book.]

[Victrola: Down in the Valley] 2 minutes.

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

I've bent the ears of a few State Legislators

"You guys have no say in the Federal government since the 17th Amendment," I say.

If your guys pick the two Senators to send to the federal stage...Think of it.

Free includes debt-free!


Not just pick, but PAY.

Right now US Cong and US Sens paychecks are issued from the US Department of the Treasury, AN EXECUTIVE BRANCH AGENCY, which the president directs and controls.

Do not mix up the US Treasury and the US Department of the Treasury. The US Treasury is authorized directly by the constitution and is under the authority of Congress. The US Department of the Treasury is authorized under War Powers and the Trading with the Enemy Act and is under the authority of the President.

Congressmen and Senators are paid by the DEPT TREAS not by the Treasury nor by their states as they once were.

Good to know. The boss hires, fires, issues the paycheck.

An important Point.

Free includes debt-free!

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Add The Word ...." Year"....To The Title

Just saying..

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