Via Human Events:
Last night, as part of a procedural vote on the emergency war supplemental bill, House Democrats attached a document that “deemed as passed” a non-existent $1.12 trillion budget. The execution of the “deeming” document allows Democrats to start spending money for Fiscal Year 2011 without the pesky constraints of a budget.Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) was on the front lines the last time Deem and Pass was tried. Not surprisingly, he's chiming in on this monstrosity as well.
The procedural vote passed 215-210 with no Republicans voting in favor and 38 Democrats crossing the aisle to vote against deeming the faux budget resolution passed.
Never before -- since the creation of the Congressional budget process -- has the House failed to pass a budget, failed to propose a budget then deemed the non-existent budget as passed as a means to avoid a direct, recorded vote on a budget, but still allow Congress to spend taxpayer money.
“Facing a record deficit and a tidal wave of debt, House Democrats decided it was politically inconvenient to put forward a budget and account for their fiscal recklessness. With no priorities and no restraints, the spending, taxing, and borrowing will continue unchecked for the coming fiscal year,” Ryan said. “The so-called ‘budget enforcement resolution’ enforces no budget, but instead provides a green light for the Appropriators to continue spending, exacerbating our looming fiscal crisis.”The behavior being exhibited by the Democrats reminds me of that infamous press conference given by Patrick Fitzgerald after the arrest of Rod Blagojevich. Like the pay to play schemes of Blago, they sped up when the heat and pressure to slow down rose. Americans are demanding congress stop spending and the Democrats are getting more reckless.
Fitzgerald: "You might have thought in that environment that pay-to-play would slow down. The opposite happened. It sped up. Government (sic) Blagojevich and others were working feverishly to get as much money from contractors, shaking then down, pay-to-play, before the end of the year."Just substitute "spending" for "pay to play" and the Dems who "deem" are dead ringers for Blagojeviches.
h/t to Free Republic