It is troubling when you see and hear an elected senator completely and blatantly misrepresent either intentionally or not the facts. Case in point (h/t to the folks over at Above Top Secret) – Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO).
Watch the short clip below first – no cheating and reading beyond.
So not only has the Senate passed a budget but it is a two-year budget or maybe for 10 years and all this talk about no budget being passed is a FoxNews and political right ploy. Right. As pointed out by the folks at Above Top Secret, a simple review of bills passed by the Senate in August 2011 will divine the truth here. The Senate passed S-365 – “The Budget Control Act of 2011”. It is not a budget. The legislation provides for spending caps, the “supercommittee”, debt limit increase controls and other budget control measures. It does not allocate or designate any spending on specific programs or specify cuts to programs. It is not a budget.
Sen. McCaskill clearly doesn’t know what a federal budget is. She is completely delusional with her representation of this bill. If the senator needs any such proof that this isn’t a budget, then one can look no further than her local federal agencies. Many continue to operate under some form of a Continuing Resolution (CR). Maybe Sen. McCaskill doesn’t know what that is either so I’ll spell it out: a CR is appropriation legislation used by Congress to allocate funding to federal agencies and organizations if a formal federal appropriations bill has not been signed into law. CRs are joint resolutions meaning that both the House and the Senate have passed it. Sen. McCaskill in her five years as a United States Senator has seen a number of these and should, by now, understand the difference between funding appropriations legislation (which, by the way, has the binding of law) and a budget control bill.
Clearly, the Senator is getting worried. The Senate has not been painted in very good light. They have been presented with a number of budget resolutions from the House and have taken no action. They have a number of jobs bills that have been presented and have taken no action. This is a plain attempt to spin and distort the truth. I would love to have seen the interviewer’s next question be, “then why are our federal agencies operating under a Continuing Resolution?” or “really? There is a two year budget in place, can you show me the funding allocations by federal agency?”
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