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House Passes Sixth Appropriations Bill, Still Waiting for Senate to Pass One

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This week, the House passed H.R. 5972, the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for FY13. The T-HUD appropriations bill is the sixth appropriations bill the House has passed of the twelve appropriations bills needed to fund the government for FY2013. When you add that to the five additional appropriations bills that have passed through committee and are awaiting a vote on the floor, the House is well on the way of passing all the necessary appropriations bills before the September 31st deadline.

While the House continues to pass funding appropriations, Senate Democrats have yet to pass a single FY2013 appropriations bill. I guess we shouldn't be too surprised that Senate Democrats have failed to even begin the long process of approving all twelve appropriations bills. I mean, they haven't passed a budget since April 2009 -- which means they have no blueprint for any of their spending packages. It also shows they don't seem to have much regard for the appropriations process.

Once of the basic responsibilities of Congress is to fund the federal government. And it's a responsibility that was completely disregarded when Democrats controlled the House. Since Republicans gained the majority, we have reinstalled an open and fair appropriations process where a budget and appropriations bills are actually passed. Unfortunately, the Democrats still control the other chamber -- so their irresponsible fiscal ways continue over there.

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