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Taxpayers must pay the freight for over-budget train projects
Topic - John M. Spratt Jr.
The white Southern Democrat endangered since the 1960s civil rights era is sliding nearer to extinction.
There will be more than one way to measure the biggest loser in prime time Tuesday night - and we're not talking weight loss.
The Obama administration's decision to bypass Nevada's Yucca Mountain as a nuclear waste repository should give Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid a boost in his bid for a fifth term. The action is not doing another endangered Democrat, Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, any favors.
The time has come to make tough decisions. I know it. My constituents know it. Many of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle know it. Unfortunately, the House leadership has not gotten the message. Its failure to propose a real budget resolution for 2011 or to allow an open amendment process underscores some of my deepest concerns. There seems to be a complete disconnect between those who make the decisions and those who pay for them. While Americans across the political spectrum call on the government to cut back, Congress has continued to tax, spend and borrow. While Americans ask us to work together, Congress has continued to shut down debate.
Congressional Democrats have decided it's impossible to pass a budget this year, and instead will impose one-year spending limits while trying to lay the groundwork for long-term budget restraint.
Fat Albert could pretend he wasn't breaking his diet if he refused to count the calories he ate - but that wouldn't make him any less dangerously bloated. By analogy, that's what the House Democratic leadership did by announcing yesterday that it won't pass any federal budget resolution this year. It's a stunningly irresponsible decision.
When President George W. Bush called for a kind of line-item veto four years ago, the top Senate Democrat said it was like getting a "bad sore throat," and the No. 2 House Democrat called it "a sham."
House Budget Committee Chairman John M. Spratt Jr., South Carolina Democrat, said he will take the lead in introducing Mr. Obama's proposal in Congress, calling it "a step forward on the path to fiscal responsibility."
"I am doubtful that there are easy alternatives to the Yucca Mountain site," Mr. Spratt, chairman of the House Budget Committee, said during a hearing he called in late July.