House Democrats are “likely” to punt writing a budget, which has GOP lawmakers slamming the “do-nothing Democrats” since their party took back control of the House of Representatives.
The final decision is expected to be announced by the end of this week, but earlier this week, Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) wasn’t “particularly hopeful” a budget will be written due to divisions in the House, including on Pentagon spending, according to The Washington Examiner.
“Defense is a thorny area for some of our more liberal members, and on the other side, generating revenue is a problem for some of our more moderate members who don’t want to vote for a tax increase,” the Democratic lawmaker said Tuesday.
Several Republicans were quick to call out the possible move by the House Democrats.
In a video posted by McCarthy, he pointed to Pelosi’s, along with other Democratic lawmakers’, previous repetitive remarks, demanding, “Show me your values, show me your budget.”
Watch the video below:
Do-Nothing Democrats 👇
THEN: “Show me your budget, show me your values” – @SpeakerPelosi
NOW: “House Democrats likely to punt on writing a budget amid divisions” pic.twitter.com/Y4EOTMhJ6L
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) March 26, 2019
“So let me get this straight: Dems took back the majority in the House just so they could avoid actually governing?” Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) asked in response.
The Texas Republican also pointed to the Senate vote on the Green New Deal, which several Democrats showed their support for, but when they were provided the opportunity to vote on it they voted “present,” as IJR Red reported.
So let me get this straight: Dems took back the majority in the House just so they could avoid actually governing?
There are no serious policy proposals on the other side. Just look at yesterday’s vote on the Green New Deal. https://t.co/e8hx9hTswy
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) March 27, 2019
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) reiterated “No Budget = No Agenda.”
“Democrats have spent all of their time on phony conspiracy theories and pointless investigations motivated by their personal hatred of @realDonaldTrump,” he tweeted. “It’s time they stop wasting their majority and get serious about actually helping American families.”
No Budget = No Agenda. Democrats have spent all of their time on phony conspiracy theories and pointless investigations motivated by their personal hatred of @realDonaldTrump. It's time they stop wasting their majority and get serious about actually helping American families. https://t.co/D3eF8t4duu
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) March 27, 2019
Rep. Steve Womack (R-Ark.) also blasted House Democrats looking to punt their responsibility.
“The Budget Committee has a responsibility to lead federal spending decisions in Congress. It’s no easy task — I know from experience — but it should not deter us from making tough decisions and fulfilling our duty to the American people,” he said. “With $22 trillion of debt and deficits nearing $1 trillion, bypassing this part of the budget process is irresponsible.”
If House Democrats do choose to propel writing and approving the budget and don’t do so before the end of September, the government could face another shutdown.
However, even though they’re still not 100 percent sure, Yarmuth told The Hill Thursday, “I’d say the odds are that there will be [a resolution].” If the budget is written, it’ll have to be released by Monday.