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It has been 750.
Days since old senate last passed a budget bill.
Republicans now demanding that Democrats offer up a proposal so they can debate it.
South Dakota senator Johnson is -- the Republican policy committee and a member of the Senate Budget Committee -- it was senator -- him back.
He's doing well bill good morning -- -- -- what's the hold up.
Good question there -- seems to be a real lack of urgency around here -- 750 days and counting.
We have a three point eight trillion dollar enterprise called the federal government you would think the most fundamental responsibility that we would have the taxpayers of this country.
Is to pass a budget.
But that's where we are I'm on the Budget Committee we have yet to see a budget.
We understand that chairman Conrad may have something out -- circulating and we understand that it continues to move further to the left to satisfy.
Some of his more Liberal Democrats in that means more tax increases.
And but that's all we hear so you know we will continue to weigh all your colleagues here -- you guys were all over Twitter yesterday you send this -- you said.
As of yesterday 749.
Days have passed since the senate -- have passed a budget with the national debt -- fourteen trillion what's the rush.
-- and you have to have an idea about a strategy -- their strategy thing.
Well I I honestly didn't seriously though I don't think they want to have a budget because I don't think they want this debate.
Since the the presence come to power they've -- 3.2 trillion dollars to the federal debt they have.
The size of government.
And I think that they continue to believe they can kick the can down the road the problem -- were running out of road we we can't afford to do this any longer as you saw.
Perhaps in the last few days here the Medicare and Social Security trustees' reports came out.
Social Security joining a 32 billion dollar cash deficit this year.
-- it's -- 46 billion dollar cash deficit Medicare is running at 32 billion dollar cash deficit.
That means we have to borrow money to -- to help offset that it just continues to worsen the longer we wait we don't have the luxury of time.
I don't know what they're waiting for other than it I don't think it is politically advantageous -- -- and aim at politics or was involved in this could it be that they're waiting on this.
Gang of six -- gang of five whatever it is today.
To make its move and recommendation.
They could be the gang of six however having lost a the fiscal one of the fiscal conservatives on the air I think is less likely to report something -- that could be.
Used I do believe perhaps -- there waiting for these discussions that are going on between the White House and some of the congressional leaders.
But that doesn't negate the responsibility bill that we have as a congress to do -- budget the house passed the budget several weeks ago.
People may not like it but they put it out there it's been discussed a lot across the country the senate hasn't passed a budget in 750.
Days I mean think about that.
That's three point eight trillion dollars of the taxpayers' money that we're spending without any idea about how we're going back -- one more question on this point and use it to -- ago that you don't think Democrats want to have this debate.
Who do you also believe though that members of congress now more so than ever.
Are well aware with the American people are aware of and that's the fear the future with a fourteen trillion dollar debt.
If that's the case and you're not gonna give and I get up and get it done.
You're gonna pay -- politically.
It if I -- today and two years right.
I believe that's true and I think that the American people are more engaged in this in the ever happened before I think they they realize that we are on the verge of the debt crisis.
And they understand what the implications of that could be for them for their families and for their pocketbooks.
And I think they want action -- Washington.
And so -- whole book but that's not just that's not just true for Democrats either I mean that they're watching you -- And what we absolutely do.
Absolutely and I and I think that in -- we need to be held accountable and and but one -- the point made earlier is is still true that is since Republicans took the house.
Last year they passed a budget this year they pass a budget which was -- very you know talked about a lot let's.
The senate hasn't done anything on that front yet so we're waiting for the democratic controlled senate to acted for the White House to work with us to produce something and actually reduces spending 750 today we'll count -- -- senator thank you John feminists today are.
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