House GOP seeks to skirt Senate on budget cuts

By Associated Press
Posted April 1 at 9:49 a.m.

Stuck in a budget quagmire with Senate Democrats and President Barack Obama, House Republicans are suggesting they can run the government without them.

The GOP is pushing for a House vote Friday that would declare their $61 billion in budget cuts law if the Senate and Obama don’t act on the spending measure before April 9. That’s the day the government would shut down if Congress doesn’t pass a budget for the next six months, or a shorter interim.

The House passed its version in February, but the Democratic-led Senate rejected it. Republicans say the vote Friday is intended to hold Democrats accountable if there’s a shutdown. They acknowledge, however, that Friday’s bill would have no practical effect unless the Senate passed it, too.

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One comment:

  1. sp2012 April 1 at 10:56 a.m.

    Seems like these strict “constitutionalits” need a serious civics refresher.
    As we’re all taught in 8th grade (or by schoolhouse rocks), a bill doesn’t become a law unless its passed in both the house and the senate and signed by the President.

    Maybe these regressives running the house should crack open that copy of the pocket constitution that they’re always waving around at rallies.