bash Brown for saying budget is not meaningful
National Republicans are criticizing Sen. Sherrod Brown for a recent
radio appearance in which Brown said Senate passage of a budget is not
“all that meaningful.” Speaking on Majic 105.7 in Cleveland,
Brown called the fact that Congress has not passed a budget for 1,000
days “a good talking point for Republicans.”
“But the fact is that we’ve had a Budget Act where we have that plan
set out,” he said, referring to the Budget Control Act passed by
Congress last August. “The budget’s only for a year or two. The Budget
Act is for 5 and 10 years down the road. So I think that’s a good sound
bite to use but I don’t think it’s all that meaningful.”
Republicans leaped on the statement, saying that passing a budget is
the most basic form of government and that Brown, in the past, has
endorsed President Obama’s budgets.
Brown is running for re-election this year.
“It’s remarkable that Sherrod Brown would tell Ohioans that
passing a budget is not that meaningful, because not only did he tout
Obama’s 2012 budget, but he even campaigned on a balanced budget,”said
National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesman Jahan Wilcox.
But Meghan Dubyak, a spokeswoman for Brown, said the recent Budget
Control Act sets spending caps – similar to a budget resolution – that
would bar Congress from spending too much.
“The Budget Control Act is even stronger than a traditional budget
because it was enacted into law, unlike budget resolutions,” she said,
adding that that measure cuts spending and reduces the deficit by more
than $2 trillion, sets 10 years of spending caps and protects
entitlements such as Social Security and Medicare.
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