House passes bogus budget

They really did it. House Democrats thought that passing a budget was too embarrassing, so they passed a fake one instead. Passing a budget is the one fundamental responsibility of the legislature, and the Democrats have abdicated it. In a parliamentary system, the parliament would automatically be dissolved now.

POSTSCRIPT: What I want to know is whether the fake budget counts as a budget for the purposes of reconciliation. If the absence of a real budget keeps them from ramming a reconciliation bill through the Senate, the sacrifice of the integrity of our government’s budgeting process might be worth it.

UPDATE (7/16): It seems that the answer is no; the fake budget is no good for reconciliation purposes.

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