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Federal Budget Madness Continues

March 22, 2013 by  

Federal Budget Madness Continues
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If you haven’t already braced yourself for another round of Federal budget insanity, now is the time. Today, the Senate is expected to embark on what promises to be a contentious round of budgetary votes. And on Thursday, the House passed a budget by Representative Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on a 221-207 vote with no Democratic support.

Unsurprisingly, whatever comes out of the Senate and what the House passed yesterday are not expected to jibe in the least.

Earlier in the week, Senate Democrats began a 50-hour debate over the first budget to reach the Senate floor in more than four years. The budget plan offered by that legislative body calls for nearly $1 trillion in new tax revenues to be accrued by “eliminating loopholes and cutting unfair and inefficient spending in the tax code for the wealthiest Americans and biggest corporations.”

By Thursday afternoon, the Senate proposal had been marked up with more than 127 amendments, mostly added by Republican lawmakers. Some of the additions include a proposal from Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) that would require the Senate to rework the document until it balances the budget, a proposal from Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) that removes language calling for $975 billion in new tax revenues and an amendment from Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) that would withhold the pay of White House budget officials for every day that the President’s budget is late.

Democrats have accused Senate Republicans of essentially trying to gut the Senate proposal in order to make it as close to the Ryan budget as possible.

President Barack Obama was supposed to submit a budget proposal by Feb. 4, but White House officials pushed the date to April 8. Members of Congress are already facing withheld pay if they fail to agree on a budget by April 15 because of a law passed in January.

The Senate is expected to make a final vote on the passage of the budget proposal authored by Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) by early Saturday. Murray said her budget balances the nearly $1 trillion in taxes with spending cuts. But, in reality, the budget increases spending by eliminating $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts already slated to go into effect.

The Associated Press compared the proposals:

Total spending

Senate Democrats: $46.5 trillion

House Republicans: $41.7 trillion

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Total revenue

Senate Democrats: $41.2 trillion

House Republicans: $40.2 trillion

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10-year deficit

Senate Democrats: $5.4 trillion

House Republicans: $1.4 trillion

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National debt at end of 2023

Senate Democrats: $24.4 trillion

House Republicans: $20.3 trillion

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Social Security

Senate Democrats: $11.3 trillion

House Republicans: $11.3 trillion

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Medicare

Senate Democrats: $6.8 trillion

House Republicans: $6.7 trillion

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Health, including Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program

Senate Democrats: $6.6 trillion

House Republicans: $4.0 trillion

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National Defense

Senate Democrats: $6.0 trillion

House Republicans: $6.2 trillion

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Income security, including housing assistance, cash benefits and food stamps

Senate Democrats: $5.6 trillion

House Republicans: $5.0 trillion

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Interest on national debt

Senate Democrats: $5.2 trillion

House Republicans: $4.5 trillion

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Veterans benefits and services

Senate Democrats: $1.7 trillion

House Republicans: $1.7 trillion

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International Affairs, including foreign aid

Senate Democrats: $506 billion

House Republicans: $431 billion

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Education, training, employment and social services

Senate Democrats: $1.1 trillion

House Republicans: $906 billion

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Transportation

Senate Democrats: $919 billion

House Republicans: $801 billion

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Agriculture

Senate Democrats: $205 billion

House Republicans: $196 billion

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Natural resources and environment

Senate Democrats: $474 billion

House Republicans: $385 billion

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Community and regional development

Senate Democrats: $268 billion

House Republicans: $88 billion

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • http://realsustainability.wordpress.com realsustainability

    Nearly all of the “lawmakers in Washington (Republicans or Democrats) seem to give one care about balancing the budget or creating ANYTHING sustainable. I am sick to death of both of them and their shameless & reckless policies! For all I care anymore, impeach them all! I’ve tried to participate, sent letters, money. called, e-mailed, faxed,…… makes NO difference. The elites don’t care about anything but the next election and lining their own pockets. Nonsense!

    • http://yahoo don

      all the people need to do is look at all the senators and representitives records and then vote the ones who are of no use to the people and vote them all out. the hell of it is less than a third of eigible voters vote. noone cares or are even interested in what happens to all of us or the country. the only chance this country has if it is run by competent congressmen. the way it is now will not work and we are head down. need to go back to we the people which ended a long time ago.

      • http://realsustainability.wordpress.com realsustainability

        You’re right, Don. Another problem is the large number that “sell out” after they get elected. Boener isn’t the only one, I really believe much of the Republican party has the “get all you can while you can” mentality going on. The Dems have had that for years. Just look at the financial problems in long term liberal states. California, ILLINOIS and New Jersey are losing more money than the other 47 states combined. But that’s small potatoes (VERY small) compared to the feds at a self reported $16+TRILLION. Is this self reporting factual? I really doubt it because it makes the power brokers look even worse. Solution? It’s been right there all along!

        Thomas Jefferson said, “In questions of power let us hear no more of trust in men, but bind them down from mischief with the chains of the Constitution.”

        The Constitution doesn’t just bind those “folks” in Washington. It’s supposed to bind everybody. In 1913 when the unconstitutional Federal Reserve was created (to PERSERVE THE DOLLAR) a $20 bill would buy a $20 gold piece. How many does it take today? Over 50 of them. So, the net worth of the US dollar has decreased by roughly 98%. If that’s not a failing grade for the Federal Reserve, I don’t know what is. Sheesh! It’s really unbelievalbe!

  • Warrior

    Hmmm, looks like someone needs to generate a whole lot more than $2.7 tril in “investments” per year. Rosy is sooooooooooo ugly, I don’t think 50 hours is sufficient “make up” time to get her ready for the “dance”.

  • tony newbill

    The Hyper Induced Inflation to pay for the PIGS is what is coming to wee the peoples …

    Mismanaged State Pensions Bill Taxpayers for Shortfall
    Read more at http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2013/03/22/Mismanaged-State-Pensions-Bill-Taxpayers-for-Shortfall.aspx#ZWAK8A3yWivSKva2.99

    http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2013/03/22/Mismanaged-State-Pensions-Bill-Taxpayers-for-Shortfall.aspx

  • Vigilant

    Bottom line: GOP budget increases spending and deficits, Dem budget increases spending and deficits at a faster rate.

    BOTH parties use the smoke and mirrors of baseline budgeting.

    BOTH budgets are ruinous to the welfare of this nation.

    The fat lady’s getting ready to sing.

  • Clay Agent

    How much does Obamacare cost? Including the 100+ NEW governing agencies created to run it?

    • tony newbill

      Just like in Cyprus the Obamacare Agents will just come into your accounts in the banks and seize whatever they deem is acceptable .

      Exclusive: U.S. plans to let spy agencies scour Americans’ finances

      http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/13/us-usa-banks-spying-idUSBRE92C12720130313

      Obama’s Banks Nominee Will NOT Prosecute, Punish, or Regulate
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=2CMrxdCNC4Y

      • Proud to be a Believer

        I am so glad you brought this up. Never heard one peep even on Fox about that little item in Obama Care that they can do exactly what they are doing in Cyprus and take money at will out of your bank accounts. I didn’t remember what line item it was in the bill. Thanks again

        • tony newbill

          And its going to just feed off the demise of the working class in the USA as we enter the era of what no one is talking about as we see the glut of labor as Deerinwater said force our overall incomes down down down to the 3rd world level in this competitive credit-less cycle we are in as Government debts are attempted to be paid with other peoples money because we are NOT CREATING ANY NEW SUPPLY and NEW MONEY FROM IT !!!! http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2012/07/the-united-states-a-nation-of-takers.php

  • jdn

    We need to drag all of the politicians into the streets and beat them silly , tattoo their faces with permanent marks of shame and strip them of all their possessions . Create a new Continental Congress and start over . Hitting the big restart button is the only way of saving our country and ultimately ourselves . I’m not saying we should kill these politicians but it should be severe enough to leave a lasting impression on future ones . They should always believe in the depths of thei souls that they serve our needs not the other way around .

  • FreedomFighter

    “But, in reality, the budget increases spending by eliminating $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts already slated to go into effect.”

    Message to congress leadership:

    The Almighty Dollar
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXH1P2AxVWY

    Laus Deo
    Semper FI

  • Keith Erick Fix

    I’ll take 41.7 trillion spending and 41.2 trillion revenue as a starting point for negotiation of a balanced budget below 42 trillion spending.

  • Anthony

    Cut Natural resources and environment, Income security, including housing assistance, cash benefits and food stamps entirely and cut National Defense by %50. problem solved in 6 years. plus more lazy people would have to work once you pulled their free meal ticket, which would increase the money used to pay the debt, so reduce that 6 years to about 4 years.

    • JUKEBOX

      We need to cut the free meal ticket at the head, which is the White House. There is no need for five chefs on Air Force 1. The King of Saudi Arabia doesn’t blow money like this.

      • http://realsustainability.wordpress.com realsustainability

        Holy COW! Five chefs of Air Force 1 AND $500 grand a night for a stay in London….. If I turned in an expense report with that kind of stuff on it I wouldn’t HAVE to worry about another trip……. or another job. I don’t care if you’re Democrat, Republican or Green Party Tea Party or birthday party that just shouldn’t ever happen. What if we all refused to pay our taxes this year and cited abused like these as the reasons? If I thought my wife and kids wouldn’t get ostracized, I think I would do it! Can you send out a link with this on it?

  • JUKEBOX

    How are normal taxpayers supposed to react when Joe Biden spends over a million dollars for a place to sleep in London and Paris for two nights? I believe these elitist politicians are really rubbing average Americans noses in the bovine fesces that they are dishing out over the sequester debacle, while they have no SKIN in the game. I wonder if Joe would spend his own money like this. Let’s cut WH travel expenditures by a couple of billion a year.

  • Terry Bateman

    Republicans should accept the $975 Billion increased revenue from closing loopholes
    and tax deductions/credits proposed by Democrats in return for Democrats accepting
    all of the lower spending proposed by Republicans. Sounds like a grand bargain to me.

    • http://realsustainability.wordpress.com realsustainability

      Not a bad idea, Terry. This budget thing has become such utter stupidity I’m of a mind to not even propose deals, anymore. To politician everywhere, “No more revenue until you learn to manage what you already have.” Enough is enough!

  • http://BUD@VOGENT.NET BUD USMC

    WHY WOULD THE HOUSE PASS A BUDGET THAT WAS PRESENTED BY REP. RYAN WHEN HE COULDN’T CARRY HIS OWN STATE, THAT SHOWS WHY THEY ALL NEED REPLACED. HELL EVEN BIDEN MADE HIM STAMMER, THE SENATE IS WORSE SPEND MORE ON THE SAME OLD FAILING POLICIES THEY HAVE BEEN KICKING AROUND FOR YEARS. WHEN PUSH COMES TO SHOVE THEY ARE ALL THE SAME LET ME STAY AND FEED AT THE PEOPLES TROUGH.
    IF YOU WANT A CHECK WORK IF YOU WANT FREE FOOD WORK THERE ARE ALOT OF JOBS THAT COULD BE FOUND CLEAN HIWAYS, DITCHS, WORK IN THE FIELDS, PICK FRUIT, VEGES, I GUESS THAT WOULD PUT ALL THE ILLEGALS OUT OF WORK. THE BIG PROBLEM IS THE ONLY TIME MOST WANT TO SWEAT IS PLAYING GAMES OR RUNNING FROM THE LAW. .
    IN 11 STATES THERE ARE MORE TAKERS THAN WORKERS WE ALL KNOW WHO THEY VOTED FOR.
    THE FIRST THING IF YOU DIDN’T PAY SS YOU DON’T GET ANY. HOMELAND SECURITY IS THE FIRST AGENCY TO GO WE DIDN’T NEED IT IN THE FIRST PLACE BUSH HAD TO LOOK LIKE HE DID SOMETHING EVEN IF IT WAS WRONG, IT WAS AND STILL IS. QUIT GROWING GOVERMENT, AND FOREIGN AID GONE. CUT CONGRESS PAY BY 50% NO RETIREMENT EXCEPT SS. TERM LIMITS GET THE CROOKS OUT, CONGRESS FIRST JOB EACH SHOULD BE TO READ ALL THE LAWS THEY HAVE PASSED AND TAKE OUT THE ONES NOT NEEDED, IT WOULD GIVE SOMETHING TO DUE AND STAY OUT OF OUR LIFES, NO MORE FOREIGN TRAVEL, UNTIL THE BUDGET IS BALANCED AND WE ARE PAYING THE DEBT DOWN. I COULD GO ON FAR TO LONG.
    IF WE REALLY WANT TO SAVE OUR COUNTRY MAKE CONGRESS GET RID OF THE FERERAL RESERVE BANK ITS NOT OUR FRIEND JUST A VOTE BY OUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES COULD DO THAT.PRINTING MORE MONEY WILL NEVER SAVE US OR OUR COUNTRY. IF WE ARE GOING TO POLICE THE WORLD MAKE THEM PAY FOR IT OR WE STAY HOME AND PROTECT OUR BORDERS. CUT ALL SPENDING BY 10% AND RAISE TAXES BY 10% AT SOME POINT. WE THE PEOPLE WILL ELECT PEOPLE WHO WILL.
    ABOVE EVERY THING ELSE FOLLOW 0UR CONSTITUTION TO THE LETTER AS IT WAS WRITTEN BY OUR FORFATHERS.

  • harry taylor

    Time to eliminate the dept of agriculture, funds for community and regional development, education, training and employment, and foreign aid. Then I might think the republicrats and democans are serious.

  • http://www.dhamilton Haskell Dale Hamilton

    Impeach Obama especially.
    Reid next.
    Probably half of both parties should be impeached

  • http://www.dhamilton Haskell Dale Hamilton

    It will be “almost” impossible to re-establish this once Great Republic. Federal Government is to large, corrupt, with too much money from people like Soros and even foreign money. Crooked News Media, etc.

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