Huffman Asks: Shouldn’t We Be Discussing the Budget?

Congressman Jared Huffman

Congressman Jared Huffman

Congressman Jared Huffman

Congressman Jared Huffman

Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) slammed the House Budget Committee leadership for wasting time while refusing to take the necessary steps to move forward on a long-overdue federal budget resolution.House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi has appointed Huffman and all other Democrats on the Budget Committee to serve on a conference committee to negotiate a budget compromise between the House and Senate, but Speaker John Boehner has refused to appoint Republican conferees.Meanwhile, the Budget Committee held a hearing on “America’s Energy Revolution,” which Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan admitted in his opening statement “isn’t a big part of the federal budget.” “We continue to have these pep rallies for the oil and gas industry while real problems are simply, for some reason, off the table. We don’t even have a conference committee so we can move forward and try to negotiate a federal budget, but we’re here to have a pep rally for the oil and gas industry,” Congressman Huffman said at the hearing. “We’ve got student loan interest rates about to double in less than a week, but we’re not talking about that. We’re not talking about any number of things, like the sequester and the people that are actually suffering.”
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