The Destructive Status Quo in Washington

This month, the American people voted for a continuation of the status quo in Washington.  Unfortunately, this means the American people also voted to allow Democrats in the Senate and White House to keep avoiding their basic duties to the American people. First, passage of the federal budget, something that hasn't happened since 2009, is unlikely in the first session of the 113th Congress.  To quote the probable incoming Senate Budget Committee chairwoman in The Hill: Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) confirmed Thursday that she will seek the chairmanship of the Senate Budget Committee next year but told The Hill that she cannot commit to doing a budget. This opens up the possibility that Senate Democrats will avoiding [sic] passing a budget resolution for the fourth year in a row. According to the article, Democrats are claiming that the Budget Control Act and a potential "fiscal cliff" deal "could preclude having to pass a Senate budget next year."  Murray gave the line...(Read Full Post)