Seizing on a story in The Hill newspaper revealing that Nancy Pelosi, John Adler and Congressional Democrats are refusing to pass a full-fledged budget resolution in order to hide massive deficit projections over the next decade from the American people in an election-year, Republican congressional candidate Jon Runyan (NJ-3) today said the news "proves that the Pelosi-Adler Congress isn't only dysfunctional, it's dishonest."
(Source: "House Dems prepare alternative to budget that would avoid deficit vote")
According to the story, House Democrats are readying an alternative budget measure that would set next year's spending levels without requiring a vote on deficits which are expected to average nearly $1 trillion for the next decade. Coining a phrase only a true Washington insider could muster, House Budget Committee Chairman John Spratt (D-SC) declared the alternative a "functional equivalent" of a full-fledged budget.
"The American people deserve better than "functional equivalents,'" said Runyan. "They deserve the real thing. The bottom line is this: Nancy Pelosi and John Adler know their reckless spending agenda has sent deficits soaring for generations to come, and now in an attempt to keep their grip on power they are using parliamentary tricks to hide trillions of dollars in red ink from the American people. This latest outrage proves that the Pelosi-Adler Congress isn't only dysfunctional, it's dishonest."
While Congress has failed to approve a final budget resolution four times since the current budget rules were put into place in 1974, this would be the first time the House had failed to even propose a budget resolution according to the story.
"John Adler has been voting for higher taxes, more spending and bigger government since the late 1980's," said Runyan. "Now he's in Washington, DC voting for Nancy Pelosi's reckless agenda more than 90% of the time. John Adler is a career politician who can't be trusted to fix the problems we face because he's the one who helped to create them in the first place. This November, it's time for him to go."