The last time Senate Democrats passed a budget, in April 2009, “the iPad didn’t even exist,” says Senator John Thune (R-SD) in the Weekly Republican Address.


“There was no indication they were ever going to do a budget,” said Speaker John Boehner, “until we announced last week that we were going to move this bill that said pass a budget or no pay.”

In an interview with Laura Ingraham today, Speaker John Boehner highlighted today’s vote on the No Budget, No Pay Act, said the House will outline a plan to balance the budget within 10 years, and discussed the importance of holding the Obama administration accountable for its response to the terrorist attack in Benghazi.

The House is voting on legislation today that gives both the House and Senate time to pass a budget – and if they don’t, they don’t get paid. Where do you stand on the issue? We’d like to know --

Will Senate Democrats ever pass a budget? The last time they tackled “the most basic responsibility of governing” was on April 29, 2009. With the House set to vote on a “no budget, no pay” bill this week, the Speaker’s office has a new graphic showing just some of the things that could be done in a similar four-year span. For example:

“We are going to pursue strategies that will obligate the Senate to finally join the House in confronting the government’s spending problem. The principle is simple: no budget, no pay.”

If they can’t even offer a budget or arrange a meeting of their own hand-picked jobs council, what would the Democrats running Washington say they do here?

Fitch Ratings made it clear today that America’s national debt is undermining our economy, and that raising the debt limit without making serious spending cuts and reforms could result in another credit downgrade for the United States.

At $16 trillion and climbing (more than $50,000 for every American), our national debt is a drag on our economy and a threat to our future.

“Too many Americans are still out of work and Washington has too much debt.”

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