WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a leading fiscal conservative, today expressed his outrage with the Democrat-led U.S. Senate’s inability to pass a budget. Tomorrow marks the 1,000 day since the Senate, currently under Democrat control, last passed a budget.
“Nearly 1,000 days have passed since the Senate’s liberal-majority last passed a budget, and they continue to shirk their responsibility,” said Inhofe. “As Americans across the nation continue to balance their books and live within their means, Senate Democrats continue to fail them during this difficult economic time. The repercussions of Congress’s neglect to pass a budget have carried devastating consequences to our nation’s economy. Since April 29, 2009, President Obama and the Democrats have spent $9.4 trillion and added $4.1 trillion to the national debt. Under their control, we have added over $1 trillion in deficits during each of the last three years. It’s clear that the Democrats just don’t think a federal budget is important. That is disgraceful.”
Inhofe and his Republican colleagues have long called on Congress to pass a budget. Last May, Inhofe joined all 46 Republican Senators in sending a letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), urging him to construct a budget that made significant cuts to wasteful government spending before the end of the fiscal year.