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The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Friday, April 08, 2011

Where’s the Senate’s budget?

(By Ed Morrissey, Hot Air) - As the press hyperventilates over the threat of a government shutdown and pushes the last-minute-hero meme coming from the White House, here’s something to keep in mind that I haven’t seen discussed much in the last few weeks. Where, exactly, is the Senate budget?

So far, we have heard plenty about the radical Republicans and their demand to defund Planned Parenthood as the major stumbling blocks to getting a budget deal done. This leaves out at least half of the story. The House passed a full-year budget weeks ago, HR1, which was rejected by the Senate on the same day that a Democratic-leadership-approved budget 'also' failed — by a wider margin than the GOP plan.

Normally, when a House plan fails in the Senate, the Senate passes its own budget plan in response. The two chambers then form a conference committee to reach a compromise that produces a budget. However, this process requires that the Senate actually 'approve' a budget on its own. Since voting down HR1 and the Democratic plan, the Senate hasn’t done anything — which means it has gone more than 18 months without approving a budget of 'some' kind.

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