Jul 1 2013
Senate Budget Committee Marks 100 Days Since Senate Passed Budget with Animated Web Video “I’m Just a Budget”
Today, the Senate Budget Committee majority released an animated web video, “I’m Just a Budget,” in which an animated singing budget explains why it’s been 100 days since the Senate passed him and he still can’t go to conference.
Additional background here: LINK
Web video “I’m Just a Budget” script:
Budget is sitting on Capitol steps. Child approaches.
Child: What’s that crumpled up stack of papers?
Budget: Oh me? I’m a budget resolution! The Senate spent hundreds of hours debating about me before I passed!
C: How long have you been sitting here?
B: 100 days.
C: 100 days?! That sure seems like a long time! What are you waiting for?
B: Well, I’m glad you asked!
B: (Singing) I’m just a budget, I’m one hundred days old, and Congress has put me on hold.
It was a long journey through the Senate door, and now a long wait while I’m sitting on the floor.
But I know I’ll be in conference someday, at least I hope and I pray I’ll come to conclusion, but for right now I am just a budget resolution.
C: So you’re waiting for Congress to go to conference? Why don’t they just ask?
B: Unfortunately, it’s not that easy. In fact, Senators are trying! They’ve asked to go to conference a lot! 15 times to be exact, but some Senators keep refusing…
Senator Reid: ..come up with a novel idea. It’s kind of old fashioned, but it’s called regular order.
Senator Murray: The American people are now expecting us to get together and do everything possible to bridge the partisan divide and come to a bipartisan deal.
Senator Begich: Because for some reason some people think this is strategic. It’s not. This is what people are fed up with in this country.
Senator Paul: I object
Senator Cruz: I object
Senator Toomey: I object
C: So you’re stuck?
B: For now…but I’ll keep trying.
Text: It has been 100 days since the Senate passed the budget.
Text: It’s time to return to regular order, and go to conference so Congress can stop lurching from crisis to crisis.
Text: Share this video and tell Republican leaders and Tea Party Senators #ConferenceNotCrisis
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