As many who have followed Senator Reid’s long career in Washington well know, the Senate Democratic Leader is never one to let facts get in the way of a partisan, political attack. And once again Shelley Berkley’s political mentor has been caught being dishonest with the people of Nevada.
In the Reno Gazette-Journal today, Reid attacks fellow Nevada Senator Dean Heller for introducing what many would see as a common-sense proposal which simply says that Members of Congress should not receive a paycheck if they do not fulfill their most basic responsibility of passing a federal budget each year. Remarkably, Reid claimed to “Nevada Newsmakers” this week that in fact the Senate has passed a budget and that it’s Heller who isn’t being honest.
Because just yesterday Senator Reid’s own Democratic Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad expressed his exasperation that the Senate hasn’t passed a budget in over three years. This is a fact reflected in numerous press stories today – please see just a few examples below and the next time you see Shelley Berkley and her political mentor Harry Reid in Nevada, please consider asking them why they aren’t being honest with Nevadans on the Democrats’ failed fiscal leadership in Congress.
Of course, with regard to the embattled Shelley Berkley, you may have trouble tracking her down – since it has become public that she’s under active investigation by the House Ethics Committee, it’s been 392 days since Berkley has appeared on “Face to Face” with Jon Ralston and 443 days since she has appeared on “Nevada Newsmakers.” Apparently, Berkley is content to let her mentor Harry Reid do her dirty work for her.
Harry Reid Contradicts His Own Budget Committee Chairman And Claims Democrats Already Passed A Budget. “I want everyone watching this program to understand that we have a budget,” Reid said….“We passed a budget,” Reid continued. “That is what we did in August. … We are going to do our appropriation bills this year. We won’t have to fight over how much each subcommittee gets because we did that. So, all due respect for my friend, he is misleading the people of Nevada. Of course, we already have a budget.” (Reno Gazette-Journal, Reid critical of NV Energy, Heller, 4/17/2012)
The Hill: Sen. Conrad Backs Off Plan To Vote On Budget. Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) bowed to pressure from fellow Democrats on Tuesday and postponed a committee vote on a 2013 budget resolution, most likely until after the November elections.
ABC News: Senate Budget Chair Defends Kicking the Can Down the Road. Why do today what you can put off until after Election Day? Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D., has a plan for solving the nation’s debt crisis but doesn’t expect anything to get done before the fall election.
Politico: Conrad budget a study in gridlock. The Democratic-led Senate hasn’t passed a budget blueprint since April 2009, and it won’t do so again this spring as election-year pressures consume Capitol Hill. In fact, Conrad’s budget “markup” Wednesday won’t even be a real markup because senators won’t actually offer amendments or vote…. Last year, despite weeks of behind-the-scenes negotiations with his own conference, Conrad abandoned a budget markup after it became clear it lacked support from Democrats, who complained it was too conservative. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) sealed its fate, saying it was “foolish” to pass a budget as Vice President Joe Biden was negotiating a deal to raise the debt ceiling.
Republicans Stood Prepared To Tackle Wasteful Government Spending. Ranking member Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said that Conrad’s about-face had taken him completely off guard Tuesday afternoon. He said he learned of the decision as he was preparing budget amendments to offer on Wednesday. “I believe Conrad was prepared to go forward … I was very, very surprised,” Sessions said. “It is very clear that members of his committee and the entire Democratic Conference and the leader did not want his members to cast votes.”….Sessions and GOP members were prepared to stage amendment votes on repealing President Obama’s healthcare reform law, on the spending scandal involving lavish parties by the General Services Administration and on lowering overall spending limits.
Washington Post’s Right Turn: Senate Democrats Punt On The Budget, Again . Sen. Kent Conrad (D-S.D.) had a bright idea: The Senate should pass a budget. It was a fine insight, since it legally is supposed to do just that but hasn’t in about three years. He decided he would use the Simpson-Bowles debt commission proposal. Sounds like a respectable idea. But then the Senate Democrats and Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) swooped in, forcing Conrad to retreat. No votes on the budget! Don’t make us show our hand!