Congressman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) issued the following statement in recognition of the 1,400 days that have passed since the Democrat-controlled U.S. Senate passed a budget, saying:
"Federal law mandates that each chamber pass a budget every year. The U.S. Senate has neglected this responsibility for nearly four years now -- 1,400 days.
"Since the Senate last passed a budget, the federal government has saddled more than $5 trillion in additional debt onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. Since the Senate last passed a budget, federal deficits have expanded to more than $1 trillion each year. If the Senate would actually put pen to paper on the nation's compounding fiscal problems, perhaps they would treat this crisis with the seriousness it warrants.
"It's unfortunate that the House was compelled to pass the "No Budget, No Pay Act' to force the Senate into performing its most basic duty -- passing a federal budget. This year, House Republicans will yet again propose our budget on time and our plan will balance the books within a decade. We are hopeful that the forthcoming budget from the Senate will be a serious proposal that recognizes the necessity of bipartisan cooperation to solve the enormous challenges facing our nation.
"Reining in government spending and lifting the burden of our debt is vital to economic growth. We have to get our fiscal house in order so that we can see more jobs created and help more Americans realize their dreams."
Rep. Price also released the below graphic to depict the time passed since Senate Democrats passed a federal budget:
This week, Rep. Price and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced the Decrease Spending Now Act in the House of Representatives and Senate, respectively, to require the Obama administration to cut $45 billion in unused taxpayer dollars sitting in federal coffers. In February 2013, Rep. Price sponsored the Require a Plan Act, which mandates President Obama notify Congress when his budget proposal would come to balance. It passed with a bipartisan majority of 253 to 167.
Rep. Tom Price serves as vice chairman of the House Committee on the Budget. He is also a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, as well as the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.