John Hinderaker at Power Line reported yesterday that forty Republican Senators voted to sustain a point of order brought up by Senator Jeff Sessions objecting to the Democrats being in violation of the Congressional Budget Act. According to the Congressional Budget Act, appropriations bills cannot be passed when there is no federal budget in place. The Senate has not passed a budget since 2009.
The article reports:
“The implication of today’s vote is that it will be hard for the Democrats to get the necessary 60 votes for cloture on any future illegal spending measures. The federal government has now been operating contrary to law for more than two years without a budget.”
It’s time for transparency and fiscal responsibility to make an appearance in Washington.