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From the Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senator John Thune (R-S.D.), Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, today issued the following statement regarding the House of Representatives' call for the Democrat-led Senate to pass a formal budget:

"Over the past two weeks, I held 10 town halls throughout South Dakota, and I continually heard frustration with the Democrat-led Senate's failure to pass a formal budget for almost four years. South Dakotans, like all Americans, are required to budget, and the $3.54 trillion enterprise known as the federal government should be no different. For 1,360 days, Democrats in the Senate have failed to comply with their most fundamental duty to the American taxpayer, which is to pass a budget. Washington is quickly approaching the $16.39 trillion debt limit, and it should be common sense that Congress needs to enact a budget to rein in runaway government spending and borrowing. Without a budget that includes a meaningful plan to reduce our deficit, America will continue to face threats of a credit downgrade."