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Federal budget


Congress shirking its primary duty

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Forgive me if I am wrong but, is it not the legislative branch of the government that is responsible for the budget? With sequestration looming, I was struck by the comments of Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor. He seems to think that it is the president's job to come and work with them. As I recall, the legislature is the branch that works out a bill (budget) to send to the White House, and the president then decides whether to accept and sign it, or veto it and send it back. When did this change? With the power split between the House and the Senate, I imagine this could be next to impossible to do, but I haven't seen anybody even trying.
The President has made his wishes and ideas known and, I guess, since the opposition doesn't like any of that, they are going to do nothing at all. You cannot blame the president if the president has nothing presented to his office to accept or reject. Also, has anybody else noticed that the sequestration doesn't affect the salaries of our elected officials? Although all issues are important to someone, somewhere, I believe that the Congress should only deal with one issue at a time. They really seem incapable of multi-tasking right now.

Jerry Northey
Snohomish

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