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Deficits Continue While Senate Won't Even Pass A Budget

Recorded on May 16, 2012

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.

It has been 1,114 days since we had a federal budget. Meantime, deficits continue to exceed a trillion dollars a year.

The U.S. Senate is the culprit. This week Senators voted on four proposals offered by Republicans. None got more than 42 votes. Democrats refused to propose anything, so President Obama's budget was brought. It was defeated 99-to-nothing.

Obama's budget got zero votes in the Senate and also got zero votes in the House. Put another way, every member of Congress decided the President's fiscal plans are worthless.

There are serious proposals, like from Utah Senator Mike Lee, who suggested major reforms before Medicare and other entitlements go bankrupt, plus reducing the federal government to half its size in 25 years.

Instead, the Senate decided to do what it does best—and that's to do nothing.

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.