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Article I, Section 8, Clause 1 of the United States Constitution:
“The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defense and general Welfare of the United States.”
The power to tax and spend is essential to the administering of government.
Taxing and spending require that Congress pass a budget.
The federal government’s fiscal year begins on October 1st.
The House and Senate Budget Committees are supposed to begin consideration of the up-coming year’s budget in February and submit a budget resolution by April 1.
If Congress fails to pass a budget the President is willing to sign before October 1st, the federal government is not supposed to continue functioning.
The DEMOCRAT-MAJORITY Senate has refused for nearly THREE YEARS to pass a budget, forcing Congress and the President to squabble repeatedly over short-term temporary budget resolutions to keep the government functioning.
While refusing to do their most important job, Democrat Senate leaders have continued to collect their six figure annual salaries and accrue seniority toward their very handsome retirement plans.
These same Senate Democrats absurdly blame their failure to pass a budget on Republicans.