Senator Claire McCaskill Claims Senate Not Passing a Budget a "Talking Point," Because Apparently Raising the Debt Ceiling is Enough


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The Quincy Journal caught up with Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill over the weekend. Asked when the Senate might once more pass a budget, McCaskill, who is up for re-election in November, told the Journal: "The Senate passed a budget last August… we put it in the law for two years, the budget for two years, and actually ten years going forward, but legal spending caps for two years." She went on to call the fact that the Senate hasn't actually passed a budget in years a "talking point by the political right."

McCaskill is referring to the Budget Control Act, passed to raise the debt ceiling last summer. In April, the Senate's parliamentarian, appointed by Harry Reid, ruled that the law could not stop a Senator from introducing a budget resolution. Patrick Knudsen at the Heritage Foundation explained how the ruling confirms what the sober should know, that passing the Budget Control Act is not the same as passing a budget.

The last time the Senate passed a budget was, indeed, in April of 2009. That budget was described as a "spending blueprint" for the then newly-inaugurated president, who said the budget "builds on the steps we've taken over the last one hundred days to move this economy from recession to recovery and ultimately to prosperity." That budget passed on a largely party line vote. In May of 2011, the president's budget failed 97-0 in the Senate. The president has a 2013 budget plan, but Senate Democrats hope to be able to avoid having to vote on it, for obvious reasons.

Republicans in the House, meanwhile, have been passing budgets since winning control of the chamber in 2010, but those don't generally pass the laugh test either.

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  1. If there is no budget to begin with, you can’t claim they’re overspending it.

  2. The commenter identifying as “Palin’s Buttplug” spouted this talking point just the other day. What a good little doggie.

    1. why yes he did – good point.

      1. He’s basically a random phrase generator that someone loads MSNBC headlines into.

        1. Equation goes pretty much like this —

          Shrike quote from 08-09 – words from specific news item of that time + words from specific news item of this time + N% randomly generated non sense words distributed throughout the post in a Gaussian fashion = Palin’s Buttplug Quote.

          Not the most sophisticated AI but serviceable like Unreal Tourney bot code from 19999.

          1. Now you people know I’m from the future I’ll have to mindwipe all of you.

            1. I think the greatest danger to us is that you’ve published the patented Shrikegorithm and the owner of that IP will now be hunting us all down like dogs.

              1. He’s lying when he claims to be a Goldwater fan.

  3. I like the way she mixed in a few lies with a lot of nonsense. It would be hard to deny anything she said, because she said nothing that made any sense.

  4. Did she just say that there were fewer federal employees now than 2 years ago?

  5. That was a lot of bullshit to come out of one mouth.

    1. It’s like an instructional video on “reverse spacedocking.”

      1. When space stations go reverse cowgirl, it’s an embarrassment for the entire species.

        Man, that Tiangong 1 is one ugly ass space station. I don’t know of any capsule who would want to dock with it. If it were a South Park character it would be the pig who was rejected by the elephant the morning after.

        1. I haven’t seen something that fugly fly since I nearly put a shoddily-installed mailbox into orbit on a byway in southwest Ohio over two decades ago.

          1. You shall never, ever, ever have that sin expunged from your soul.

  6. We have a Senator that thinks we have passed budgets. We have another that thinks Guam may capsize if more people move there. A Congressman (until recently) that couldn’t help but send pictures of his dong to coeds. We have “Go Gata.” We have drunken Kennedy’s checking into rehab after wrecking their car on Capitol grounds. Another Congressman that tried to molest his staffers. Yet another that kept cold, hard cash in his freezer. (The list goes on past the character limit)

    If this isn’t representative of the American populus, I don’t know what it.

    1. There’s no criminal class in America . . except for congress . .

    2. If sending pictures of your dong to coeds is wrong, then I don’t want to be right.

      Go Gata!

    3. I beg your pardon. Hank Johnson, the man who wants to prevent the capsizing of Guam, is a Congressman, MY Congressman, something that makes me want to cry every time I think of it.

  7. Patrick Knudsen at the Heritage Foundation explained how the ruling confirms what the sober should know, that passing the Budget Control Act is not the same as passing a budget.

    It’s not clear that Senator McCaskill can actually tell the difference.

    1. All that’s clear to me is that she thinks the American people are too stupid to know that there’s a difference.

      1. You can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time, and that’s sufficient for most purposes.

  8. Who needs a budget when you have a debt ceiling and appropriations?

  9. You can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time

    “… or you can just watch MSNBC, and fool yourself.”

  10. Is the term “ObamaClaire” racist?

    If not, MSNBC will declare it so.

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