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Remember? Not Long Ago, Republicans Wanted To Pass a Budget

Oct 10, 2013
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SEN. MCCONNELL: PASS A BUDGET THROUGH REGULAR ORDER

Sen. McConnell (R-KY): "A second term presents the opportunity to do things differently, and in the Senate that means a return to regular order. Later this week, the House plans to send the Senate a bill to address the debt limit in a timely manner. Once we get it, the Senate should quickly respond. If the Senate version is different than the one the House sends over, send it off to conference. That's how things are supposed to work around here. We used to call it legislating." [McConnell Floor Remarks, 1/22/13]

Sen. McConnell (R-KY): "Why aren't we trying to do something about reducing spending? We know we need to do it. When are we going to do it? We don't need to use the deadlines. We could go through the regular order. Congress could pass bills. They could have conferences between the House and Senate." [ABC This Week, 1/6/13]

Sen. McConnell (R-KY): "But, in any event, we ought not to ignore the law any longer. And I think it's a good step in the direction of getting back to regular order, which we ought to follow, it strikes me, most of the time, unless there's a pretty strong reason not to do that." [Press Conference, 1/29/13]

REPUBLICANS ASKED AND ASKED AGAIN FOR THE SENATE TO PASS A BUDGET RESOLUTION

Sen. Thune (R-SD): "It all started with the fact that this Chamber has not produced a budget for now 3 years in a row." [Floor Remarks, 9/13/12]

Sen. Corker (R-TN): "We have not had a budget in this body for 1,240 days." [Floor Remarks, 9/20/12]

Sen. Cornyn (R-TX):  "1,387 days since the United States Senate has passed a budget." [Floor Remarks, 2/14/13]

Sen. Coats (R-IN): "It has been 1,372 days since the United States Senate passed a budget." [Floor Remarks, 1/30/13]

Sen. Cornyn (R-TX):  "But it starts with passing a budget, something Senate Democrats haven't done for 1,414 days." [Floor Remarks, 3/13/13]

Sen. Isakson (R-GA): "Let's get back to the business of America. Let's get a budget to the floor." [Floor Remarks, 9/20/12]

Sen. McConnell (R-KY): "I don't think the law says 'pass a budget unless it's hard.' So I think there's no question that we would -- we would take up our responsibility."  [Press Conference, 1/24/12]

Sen. McConnell (R-KY): "A second term presents the opportunity to do things differently, and in the Senate that means a return to regular order. Later this week, the House plans to send the Senate a bill to address the debt limit in a timely manner. Once we get it, the Senate should quickly respond. If the Senate version is different than the one the House sends over, send it off to conference. That's how things are supposed to work around here. We used to call it legislating." [McConnell Floor Remarks, 1/22/13]

Sen. Blunt (R-MO): "These problems are big, but they are not necessarily that complicated. We just have to have the willpower to deal with them. This Congress has not done that. This Senate, more importantly, has not done that. The House has passed bills. The House has passed a budget ." [Floor Remarks, 9/20/12]

REPUBLICANS HAVE BLOCKED A CONFERENCE ON THE BUDGET 21 TIMES SINCE THE SENATE PASSED A BUDGET:

Sen. Toomey (R-PA): "Mr. President, the ranking member of the Budget Committee, Senator Sessions, is not available because he has a conflict at the moment. On his behalf, I object." [Floor Remarks, 4/23/13]

Sen. Cruz (R-TX): "Yes. I object." [Floor Remarks, 5/6/13]

Sen. McConnell (R-KY): "I object." [Floor Remarks, 5/7/13]

Sen. McConnell (R-KY): "I object." [Floor Remarks, 5/8/13]

Sen. McConnell (R-KY): "I object." [Floor Remarks, 5/9/13]

Sen. McConnell (R-KY): "I object." [Floor Remarks, 5/14/13]

Sen. McConnell (R-KY): "I object." [Floor Remarks, 5/15/13]

Sen. Lee (R-UT): "I object." [Floor Remarks, 5/16/13]

Sen. Paul (R-KY): "I object." [Floor Remarks, 5/21/13]

Sen. Rubio (R-FL): "I object." [Floor Remarks, 5/22/13]

Sen. Lee (R-UT): "I object to the motion on the floor." [Floor Remarks, 5/23/13]

Sen. Rubio (R-FL): "I object." [Floor Remarks, 6/4/13]

Sen. Lee (R-UT): "I object." [Floor Remarks, 6/12/13]

Sen. Toomey (R-PA): "And so I object." [Floor Remarks, 6/19/13]

Sen. Cruz (R-TX): "I object." [Floor Remarks, 6/26/13]

Sen. Rubio (R-FL): "I object." [Floor Remarks, 7/11/13]

Sen. Lee (R-UT): "In that case, I object." [Floor Remarks, 7/17/13]

Sen. Rubio (R-FL): "I object." [Floor Remarks, 8/1/13]

Sen. Toomey (R-PA): "And so I object." [Floor Remarks, 10/2/13]

Sen. Sessions (R-AL): "For this reason, Mr. President, I think we're not able to agree and I would object." [Floor Remarks, 10/8/13]

Sen. Cornyn (R-TX): "I object." [Floor Remarks, 10/9/13]

 

 

 

By: DPCC