Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Congresswoman Rolls Out 'Just Do Your Job' Act

Fox News Business - Rep. Anne Marie Buerkle (R-NY), who hails from outside Syracuse in upstate New York, has been mightily frustrated with the U.S. Senate’s lackadaisical approach to passing a budget for the U.S. government.

The House of Representatives passed a budget resolution on April 15, 2011. But the Senate hasn’t passed a budget resolution in more than two years, 785 days to be exact. The last time the U.S. Senate passed a budget was on April 29, 2009, due to gridlock. Instead, the government has been funded via continuing resolutions.

The same costume drama is now being played out for the fiscal 2012 budget, too. “Even the Libyan government, in the middle of a civil war, passed a budget on June 15, 2011,” the Rep. said in a statement. Makes the U.S. start to look like Belgium, which hasn't had a government for over a year. 

So the Congresswoman just introduced a bill that would stop federal funding for the House and Senate budget committees as well as for the leadership offices in any year they failed to pass a budget.
The “Just Do Your Job Act of 2011” seeks to “enact what the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 called for in the event these elected officials fail to act, the Congresswoman says in a statement.’     More