GOPers Rip ‘Do-Nothing’ Dems for ‘Likely’ Punting Budget: They Won House to ‘Avoid Actually Governing?’

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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.

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Several Republicans were quick to call out the possible move by the House Democrats.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) mocked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) with her own words.

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.”

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“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.

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.”

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.

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Phyllis Softa
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Amusing how Scalise & McCarthy were so pleased with 4 yrs of Benghazi congressional investigations BUT so impatient with 2 years of investigations attacks on our 2016 election. Did anyone inform them the Senate Intel investigation chaired by a Republican is still proceeding? The Senate Budget committee was still able to produce a budget today–will it pass the Senate? Who knows. Will McCarthy & Scalise vote for ANY budget that comes out of the House Budget Committee? Nah.

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