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.
In the six months he’s been in charge, Speaker Paul Ryan has struggled with deep divisions among his Members, preventing the House from being able to accomplish much of anything. The GOP conference is as divided and dysfunctional as ever and has failed to address any of the critical issues facing America, such as passing a budget, addressing public health emergencies like Zika, Flint, and opioid addiction, and providing Puerto Rico with relief. Politico said it best this morning: