Ed Feulner

“It’s difficult to pass budgets”? Tough. That’s your job. If you can’t do it, don’t seek office. Unless House leadership changes course, this would be the first time since 1973 that the House won’t pass a budget, and it would set a terrible precedent.

As Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., points out, Congress hasn’t had any trouble spending money lately: “What we’re basically saying is after just raising taxes $670 billion dollars this session, after raising spending $1.8 trillion dollars this session, after creating a whole new health care entitlement this session, we’re not even going to budget?”

Not having a budget framework would mean Congress wouldn’t even attempt to cap discretionary spending for next year. It’s not enough for lawmakers to “deem” that they’ve met spending targets. “Deeming” won’t make the money appear in our national coffers.

Lawmakers realize they’ve already overspent. As federal revenues tumbled, the Obama administration pushed through a $862 billion “stimulus” bill, an 8 percent hike in discretionary spending, another unpaid-for Medicare “doc fix,” and a trillion-dollar health care expansion.

Congress ought to start pushing back by passing a budget -- one that begins to roll back spending and decrease our soaring national debt. They owe taxpayers at least that much.

Ed Feulner

Dr. Edwin Feulner is Founder of The Heritage Foundation, a Townhall.com Gold Partner, and co-author of Getting America Right: The True Conservative Values Our Nation Needs Today .
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