Failure to pass the Federal budget on time is nothing new for Congress, but its dawdling pace this year, amidst economic uncertainty and election campaigning, is drawing harsh criticism from political analysts.
The new fiscal year starts on Oct. 1, but the House and Senate are far from meeting their deadline, according to CNN.com. The news provider reports that the House has passed just two of the 12 annual appropriation bills, while the Senate has approved none.
Furthermore, FoxNews.com reports that House Democratic leaders are considering leaving the Capitol one week before the scheduled Oct. 8 adjournment to grant legislators more time on the campaign trail in preparation for November's midterm elections.
Tardy budgets have been commonplace for the last 35 years, but CNN commentator Jack Cafferty believes that Congress' pace this year is unacceptable. He called the members of Congress "cowards," claiming that the lawmakers are trying to dodge tough budget cuts before the elections.
"Without a budget it is impossible to have any idea what the hell the government is doing with our money," Cafferty wrote in his blog.
The House and Senate also missed the spring deadline for passing a budget resolution, which sets caps for spending, establishes revenue targets and serves as a blueprint for congressional priorities.