October 13, 2011

CARDIN-AYOTTE BILL WOULD REQUIRE CONGRESS TO PASS BUDGET RESOLUTION BY APRIL 15 OR SUSPEND OTHER BUSINESS

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), both members of the Senate Budget Committee, have introduced a bipartisan bill (S. 1681) that would prohibit Congress from considering any legislation unless a budget resolution is passed by the April 15 deadline.  April 15 is the date by which Congress is required by law to pass a budget resolution, but has failed to do so too many times in recent years. Senators Cardin and Ayotte agree on the need for a real enforcement mechanism that will make it a priority to move the budget process forward.

“There was a time when budget resolutions were a routine part of the budget process. It’s time that we reclaim our duties as legislators and put in place a process that will support job-creating programs and allow for adequate oversight and evaluation of budgetary programs. All other activity to help boost our economy and gain control of our deficits will be made easier within a strong budget framework,” said Senator Cardin. “The current constraints on our resources mean we don’t have the luxury of continuing the status quo.  We can reform our budget process to make it effective, fiscally sound and fully sustainable.” 

“One of the most important things we can do to get our fiscal house in order is to actually pass a budget.  We currently have a statutory budget deadline, but Congress routinely ignores it.  This bill will provide the teeth needed to force Congress to act,” said Senator Ayotte.  “It has now been almost 900 days since the Senate last passed a budget.  This is a dereliction of duty to the American people.  Given the enormity of the fiscal challenges we face, I hope that my colleagues in the Budget Committee and the Senate will work together to craft a responsible budget plan that puts our country on a path to fiscal sustainability.”

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