Senate Dems: We don’t need no stinking 2015 budget

Senate Dems: We don’t need no stinking 2015 budget

[Ed. – A 2014 budget and a 2015 debt “ceiling” are plenty.  No, seriously.]

Senate Democrats will not write a budget for the next fiscal year.

One year after writing and passing the first Senate Democratic budget resolution in four years, Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) said her conference will not make an effort in the 2014 midterm election year.

In a statement, Murray said there was no reason to do a fiscal 2015 budget after the two-year deal struck in December with House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).That deal set budget ceilings for the 2014 and 2015 fiscal years. The 2015 fiscal year begins on Oct. 1. …

House Republicans are planning to do a budget, however. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Thursday he “expects” it to be done. …
Democrats are trying to hold on to their Senate majority in a difficult year, and the decision to abandon the budget means Democrats in difficult races will avoid some tough votes.

A senior Democratic aide said the GOP is not interested in debating the long-term solution to budget deficits and just wants to play politics.

“Republicans are sorely lacking in credibility when it comes to our budget process. Last year, after spending years calling on the Senate to pass a budget, Republicans spent seven months blocking a budget conference and finally pushed the country into a completely unnecessary government shutdown before begrudgingly agreeing to a two-year budget,” the aide said.

The aide added that Republicans “just want to reopen the FY15 budget so they can hijack the process to play politics and use a vote-a-rama for partisan and campaign-related show-votes.”

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