Spending – and Spinning – Out of Control
Ranking Member Paul Ryan sets the record straight on Democrats’ unprecedented budget failure: “Spin is no substitute for a real budget”
Washington – House Democrats have already admitted failure on their most fundamental governing responsibility. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer made clear last week that for the first time in the modern era, no effort will be made to offer a congressional budget. Since this admission, House Democrats have waged a press offensive to deliberately mischaracterize their deeming resolution as a “budget” in hopes that the media – and the American people – give Congressional Democrats a pass on their failure to pass a budget.
In speeches, interviews, releases and more, Democrats have sought to evade responsibility for addressing record deficits and debt; use the fiscal commission as cover for their refusal to get a grip on out-of-control spending; and spin their budget failure into something it is not.
In response to recent comments on the budget from leading House Democrats, House Budget Committee Ranking Republican Paul Ryan (WI) issued the following statement:
“This year’s budget failure is not only unprecedented – but especially alarming given the urgent need to set our government’s finances on a sustainable fiscal course. Democrats’ efforts to deliberately mischaracterize their budget failure demonstrate a failure of governance and a failure of leadership. A ‘budget enforcement resolution’ begs the question: what budget is this resolution enforcing?
“American families struggling to meet their own budgets deserve better. Spin is no substitute for a real budget, real spending restraints, and real leadership.”
The following key points should be kept in mind:
1) Is a House resolution that deems spending levels for the appropriations committee, makes modifications to the pay-go rule, and calls for the deficit commission to address the long-term problem a “budget” as Majority Leader Hoyer has stated, or the “full equivalent” of a budget as Budget Committee Chairman Spratt has stated?
2) How can Democrats claim to be restraining spending?
3) How can Democrats claim credit for their much celebrated pay-as-you-go [pay-go] procedure?
They can’t. The pay-go charade has been used mainly to justify tax increases, and ignored whenever offsets for new spending have been inconvenient. Pay-go is a public relations slogan designed to distract attention from the gusher of new spending, deficits, and debt accumulated by the President and the Democratic Congress in their continued pursuit of a larger, more intrusive Federal government.
Since enactment of the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974, the House has never failed to mark up and pass its own budget resolution. The “budget enforcement” measure conjured up by the Democratic Majority cannot overcome their unprecedented collapse of congressional budgeting. It creates skepticism in global financial markets that the U.S. government is even capable of managing its fiscal affairs. The uncertainty it creates inhibits job creation and economic growth.