House Republican Leader John Boehner said Thursday that Democrats do not have the votes to pass their budget, which is why they've not moved a blueprint forward. Additionally, the Congressional Research Service confirms that if the Democrats do not produce a budget, it would be unprecedented.
The production of a budget is critical to American jobs, as well.
"This is going to kill jobs and our economy. We had 222 economists write a letter late this year, earlier this year, that said what we could do to help get the economy going and create jobs is begin to cut spending," said Boehner.
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Republicans have ripped Democrats in recent weeks for not producing a budget, saying that failing to do so would be unprecedented in the modern era of the House of Representatives.
"The fact is there aren't enough voting days before the election to do anything," Boehner said on Fox News. "So if you are going to have a budget we need it now so we can begin the real work of getting our arms around this out of control spending here in Washington."
Boehner's comments shed light on Democrats' struggle to cobble up enough support for a budget within their caucus with the midterm elections fast approaching and the legislative days running short.
"The issue is Speaker Pelosi broke the back of her Democrat colleagues in order to pass their health care bill," Boehner said. "And not long after the speaker said there won't be any more tough votes this year. Trust me, passing a budget is a tough vote, because you have got to make real decisions about spending and how spending is going to go on."