With control of both Chambers of Congress, Republicans have a responsibility to pass a budget plan. However, House Republicans remain deeply divided and have been unable to bring a budget resolution to the House Floor months after the April 15 deadline to complete work on a budget. Instead of meeting their responsibility to pass a budget, Republicans have moved ahead with the appropriations process to fund government agencies without agreeing on a plan for how much should be spent. A bipartisan budget agreement on the total funding number – one that lifts the sequester level spending caps – will be necessary for any spending measure to become law. House Democrats will continue to call for a bipartisan budget agreement that allows us to adequately invest in our nation’s future without including unrelated and controversial policy riders.
Since Speaker Paul Ryan took the gavel in October, he has repeatedly expressed how important it is for Congress to pass a budget and return to “regular order” through the appropriations process. Yet his conference continues to be deeply divided over whether to adhere to the spending levels that both parties agreed to in the bipartisan budget agreement that was enacted last year.