"While Dr. Coburn is honored to serve on the President’s debt commission, he’s always maintained we already have a standing debt commission called the United States Congress," said Hart. "It’s ludicrous to suggest Congress can’t pass a budget until this commission finishes its work."
Rep. Jeb Henserling, another member of the commission, was similarly disheartened.
"When I accepted the appointment to the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform I said I had high hopes and low expectations for the Commission," said Henserling. "Majority Leader Hoyer’s comments have lowered both my hopes and my expectations."
Norquist suggested other reasons for Hoyer giving an excuse about not being able to pass a budget, such as Hoyer or Pelosi inability to control their members’ earmark requests in time. Unfortunately, he said, passing budget at this point would be a perfect exhibition of the Democrats true fiscal irresponsibility in the wake of a recession.
Sen. Judd Gregg, Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, reiterated that point.
"The majority simply doesn’t want to highlight to the American people how much unpaid-for spending is planned for the next ten years, and how staggering our deficits will be as a result," said Gregg.