GOP Budget Stunt: ‘A Harsh Partisan Snub’

The Republican Chairmen of the House and Senate Budget Committees are refusing to hold a hearing on President Obama’s FY 2017 budget for the American people – and this is how the media characterized this unprecedented and amateur move:

The Hill:                              Republicans are  “breaking with precedent”

New York Times:             …a harsh partisan snub…

Los Angeles Times:        The message to the administration, in short: We don’t want to work with you.  But we’re still going to cry foul if you don’t work with us.

Washington Times:       The disinvite is a stunning slap…

The Fiscal Times:            …an extraordinary snub of White House…

This Republican-led Congress continues to offer more of the same dysfunction, distraction and obstruction to the American people clamoring for real leadership, bigger paychecks and better infrastructure.  As Leader Pelosi recently stated:

…Republicans are not interested in hearing about a budget that invests in the future and grows the wages of hard-working Americans.  Sadly, we expect this year’s Republican budget to be much like the Ryan Budgets that have preceded it: a road to ruin riddled with special interest giveaways at the expense of hard-working families.

As Whip Hoyer specified:

Never before in modern Congressional history have we seen the Majority declare that it would refuse to extend to the President’s top budget representative the courtesy of a hearing about his requested priorities before the Budget Committee.

And as Democratic Members of the House Budget Committee noted:

This choice is more than just a rejection of the House Budget Committee’s longstanding, bipartisan tradition; it is disrespectful to the Committee members, the public and the President.

Every year since 1975, the Budget Committee has held a hearing on the President’s budget with a high-level witness representing OMB.