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Editorial: Benishek on the money about budget

February 16, 2012
The Alpena News

This week President Barack Obama presented to a yawning Congress his proposed budget for fiscal year 2013.

Why the yawns?

It's hard to get too excited about a federal budget proposal given that since April 2009, the U.S. Senate has not yet passed one yearly budget. In a classic struggle between the Democrat-controlled Senate and the GOP-controlled House, each year since 2009 the House approves a budget and sends it on to the Senate, only to see it languish in committee and never move forward.

Our congressman, U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek, R-Iron River, offers a "common sense" solution to the budget issue. "If Congress can't do it's job then it shouldn't get paid."

Better yet, Benishek has backed up that position by co-sponsoring legislation in the House that would do just that. Twenty-five representatives of both parties have joined together to end the foolishness and make government more accountable to taxpayers.

As Benishek has said in the past, every American has to establish a budget for their home and live within its boundaries. Why should the federal government be any different?

"Regrettably, history has shown both parties in Congress have been bad managers of America's money," Benishek said. "Congress has passed spending bills on time only four times in the last 60 years. The Senate has not even proposed a budget in over 1,000 days. The American people deserve better than this, and I believe this bill would ensure the people's business gets done."

We're not so sure, but we appreciate the effort and common sense approach.

Benishek ran on a campaign slogan two years ago "Enough is enough."

When it comes to things like passing a federal budget, we couldn't agree more.



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