Does The Administration Know What It Takes To Pass A Budget Through The Senate?

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Washington Post: WH CoS, Former Obama Budget Director “Completely Wrong” On Votes Necessary To Pass A Budget Through Senate. That said, Lew is completely wrong when he claims that 60 votes are needed to “pass a budget in the Senate.” As he well knows, a budget resolution is one of the few things that are not subject to a filibuster. In fact, that is one reason why a bill based on reconciliation instructions cannot be filibustered… We might be tempted to think Lew misspoke, except that he said virtually the same thing, on two different shows, when he was specifically asked about the failure of Senate Democrats to pass a budget resolution. He even prefaced his comment on CNN by citing the “need to be honest.” … Instead, the former budget director twice choose to use highly misleading language that blamed Republicans for the failure of the Democratic leadership. … We wavered between three and four Pinocchios, in part because the budget resolution is only a blueprint, not a law, but ultimately decided a two-time budget director really should know better. The Washington Post

White House Attempts To Provide Cover For Senator Reid and Schumer’s Failure To Lead On The Budget. Gregory: The leadership deficit in Washington has had an impact on what business does in America and certainly our economic outlook. Here's a stat that a lot of people may not know but it's pretty striking. The number of days since Senate Democrats passed a budget is 1019. Can you just explain as the former budget director, how do you fund the government when there's no budget?" Lew: "Well, one of the things about the United States Senate that I think the American people have realized is that it takes 50 not 60 votes to pass something. And there has been Republican opposition to anything the democrats have tried to do. It's a challenge in the United States Senate to pass legislation when there is not that willingness to work together. Congress didn't do a great job last year. It drove right to the edge of the cliff on occasion after occasion. I actually think it's unfair to blame the United States Senate for that. A lot of that was because of the extreme, you know, conservative approach taken by House Republicans." Gregory: "Your party controls the Senate, does it not?" Lew: "Yea, but the positions that ended up tying the Congress in knots came out of the House, came out of the Tea Party wing in the house." NBC’s Meet The Press

Math Check: Senate Democrats Failure To Produce A Budget Has Nothing To Do With House Republicans

• Number Of Votes Needed To Pass A Budget Through The Senate – 51

• Number Of Democrats In The Senate – 53

It’s Been 1020 Days Since Senate Democrats Passed A Budget and They Have No Intention Of Doing So This Year Either.

• Democrats controlling the Senate appear unlikely to offer a budget at all, for a third straight year. The Associated Press

• Senate Democratic leaders have said they have no intention of adopting a budget this year. The Washington Post

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