It wasn’t us, certainly. It was an innate sense of guilt that undoubtedly got the Senate Appropriations Committee to defend Congress’s failure to pass a budget by the April 15 deadline. It appears as though Congress will not do a budget at all this year.
In our “Spending Without a Budget” post last week, we lamented the fact that Congress has not passed a budget plan, but has started moving spending bills.
The Senate Appropriations Committee filed a report this week that defended the practice of spending without a budget. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, it says, excuses Congress from passing a budget.
“This approach is not without precedent,” the report continues.
An identical procedure for the providing of an allocation to the Committee for fiscal year 2014, and again in fiscal year 2015 was contained in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013. Also, for fiscal year 2012, and again in fiscal year 2013, such a procedure was contained in the Budget Control Act of 2011. No budget resolutions were adopted by Congress in any of those years.
And it goes on. Congress often fails to budget. You’d think that we in the public aren’t even here.
But some more FY 2017 spending bills were introduced in the past week. Here’s a list of all the bills we have seen so far. Budgetless spending continues…
S. 2837, the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017 – spends $583.65 per U.S. family
Energy and Water
S. 2804, the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017 – spends $338.62 per U.S. family
H.R. 4974, the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017 – spends $1,659.39 per U.S. family
S. 2806, the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017 – spends $1,664.34 per U.S. family
S. 2844, the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017 – spends $1,086.00 per U.S. family