Grim Milestone: Democrat-led Senate Fails to Pass a Budget for Three and a Half Years

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senator John Thune (R-S.D.), Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference and member of the Senate Budget Committee, today issued the following remarks on the Senate Democrats’ failure to pass a formal budget in exactly three and a half years. The Democrat-led Senate last passed a formal budget on April 29, 2009.

“Senate Democrats continue to punt on the major budgetary and fiscal challenges facing our country, leading us to record deficits of over $1 trillion for the past four years and a national debt of $16 trillion and growing,” said Thune. “We are facing a serious leadership deficit in Washington. Senate Democrats, in defiance of the law, have abdicated the most fundamental duty to the American taxpayer to propose and pass a formal budget. It is far past time for Congress to exhibit fiscal restraint, move forward with real deficit reduction, and support pro-growth policies that will generate economic growth and job creation.

“Americans deserve more. Republicans are prepared to offer a budget blueprint to address unsustainable federal spending and support policies to help get Americans back to work. By cutting excessive federal spending, stopping job-killing regulations, and extending the current tax rates while we work toward fundamental tax reform, we can help get Americans back to work and our nation back on a path to fiscal discipline.”