Will the Senate finally pass a budget?
Latest in fiery fiscal negotiations
- Duration 4:02
- Date Jan 23, 2013
Latest in fiery fiscal negotiations
Also in this playlist...
This transcript is automatically generated
House Republicans set to vote on raising the debt limit for several months but.
With a cash that appears to be a slap at the democratically controlled senate.
Today's bill would withhold -- for either house or senate members.
If one body or the other fails to pass a budget.
A budget you know that's something the senate actually hasn't passed in four years.
The Democrats in the senate I think are now gonna have to respond.
And actually put together a budget you can do by the way with 51 those you don't need sixty votes.
They've got 55 city got plenty of Democrats to do -- -- to work with us and make a bipartisan.
We've got to have a budget as a framework you need to try to get to -- -- try to control.
Charlie -- is a columnist for The Washington Times and our guest on this topic right now also Charlie -- the house seems to have made something move here I mean you heard.
People like got Chuck Schumer of New York saying on the Sunday shows and -- yeah we're we're gonna do a budget and all of a sudden the glacial pace of activity in the senate.
Is sliding it's moving.
Yeah I think it actually what they managed in the house Republicans managed to do is sort of shame.
The the senate Democrats in due to.
In good action.
And -- funny watching Chuck Schumer talk about it he he almost talked like.
You know -- they were planning on doing this anyway you -- to this suggests that -- you can that at least finally they were they were somewhat embarrassed about the fact that as you say.
They have not passed a budget in four years.
And I you know I cannot think of -- thing.
That is more basic or fundamental.
That the senate.
Today that the whole congress.
Must do every single year if if you wanna have fiscal sanity.
And they are legally required to do so under the constitution -- the process that technicalities.
Come on John if you don't have a budget then if you spend way beyond that nobody notices because there's no benchmark right it.
It's it's absolutely.
Insanity and of course no household in America would ever operate like that no business -- operate like that it up a company were to do this they would go out of business immediately.
And but is such is the -- that the situation wouldn't win.
You know you run an operation that that is based on.
People forcibly handing over money it's it's it's not like they have to you know make.
Make Smart business decisions or else they'll lose their customers if they think they that this money comes in for us whether they do their job or not it's just part of I think from the problem.
-- all right.
I wanted to ask you -- about the the the inaugural address that the president gave you were less than impressed according -- call.
You know it was amazing my my my house is right on the route between rfk stadium where where people were being dropped off by buses and the capital where everybody walked in.
All these people throngs and throngs of thousands of people who were walking by the house.
On the morning -- in our.
Duration and it was a really was a warm it.
Very very unifying thing to see there -- these little children in there they were old people it and then there are clearly thrilled.
Those are just -- a very unifying.
Nice way to sort of cleanse yourself of all the past sort of -- of the campaign.
And then to listen to -- the speech the President Obama gave I thought it was very petty I thought it was partisan who's very small ball.
And it was really it was just it was very it was deflating it really took away that very very.
Optimistic unifying feeling that that the that the day started out off -- And any any could've taken it to a whole lot higher level of that.
If if he had wanted to but instead he wanted to play politics with -- You know you know that.
Class warfare type stuff and any even Bob brought up is is that.
His gun control legislation as if that was.
Called he called it some sort of new modern civil rights movement which is kind of ridiculous and -- just do it really left of -- poor taste I think -- a lot of people's mouths all right Charlie heard from The Washington Times this could have gone thank you Charlie thanks John.