Senate leaders confirm secret budget process

Sen. Pete Brunstetter, the Senate budget chair, said today that the Senate budget would not go through budget subcommittees, where rank and file legislators have the best chance to discuss spending recommendations.

Instead the budget, developed in secret by Brunstetter and a couple of his colleagues over the weekend, will be presented to the full Senate Appropriations Committee for a vote.

Brunstetter revealed the highly unusual budget process on the Senate floor Tuesday afternoon in response to questions from Senate Minority Leader Martin Nesbitt.

So much for open and transparent government. Unbelievable.

 

 

12 Comments

  1. Paula Wolf

    June 5, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    …remember the “good ‘ol days” when we thought the Senate was run by a couple of tyrants?

  2. Alex

    June 6, 2012 at 8:21 am

    The other alternative is to not do a budget like the Obama administration.

  3. Stephen

    June 6, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Right, Alex. That’s the ONLY other alternative … Get a grip, man!

  4. david esmay

    June 6, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Alex, it’s congress’ job to approve a budget resolution, not the President’s, who by law, has submitted a budget every year. Nice try.

  5. Alex

    June 6, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Obama didn’t pass a budget when he had a majority in Congress david. Nice try !

  6. Doug

    June 6, 2012 at 9:44 am

    David, do you call submitting a plan to spend $ 4 Billion dollars a day more than you take in a “budget”?
    Laughable !

  7. david esmay

    June 6, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    What’s laughable is the the GOP’s deficit spending under Bush, that’s what is driving our deficits and increasing our debt. Once again Alex, congress passes a budget, can you say filibuster, sure, I knew you could.

  8. Alex

    June 6, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    I’ve never seen anyone as obsessed with Bush as you are David. Duuhhh….it’s 4 years later now, and you can leave the time machine any time now !

  9. david esmay

    June 6, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    I’ve never seen anyone as ignorant of facts as a you are Alex. Programs implemented during the last administration are what is driving our debt and deficits, I choose to support my statements with facts, not hyperbole. Continually saying that the President has added 6 trillion to the national debt doesn’t make it so. As the Washington Post pointed out, this GOP talking point is mathematically impossible, they are either to stupid to know this, or lying. Which is it?

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  11. Alex

    June 6, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    You are the one confused by simple math David. If you take the debt figure at the end of 2008, and then subtract what it will be at the end of this year, it would have increased by$ 6 Trillion, about 1.5 trillion each year of Obama’s presidency. You must have taken remedial math is the only thing I can figure ! Geesh…………..

  12. Doug

    June 6, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Pull Esmay’s string, and out comes the same old arguments. I’m surprised he’s not talking more about Hoover ! Let’s face it. he’s mathematically challenged .