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Congress, pass a budget for once
Letter to the editor


Each member of the House and Senate takes an oath of office following election: “I, xxxx, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”

Article 1, Section 7 of this very same Constitution states: “All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills. …” — the budget.

The Congressional Budget Act of 1974, Section 300 created a timeline for the budget process: “… April 15 Congress completes action on budget resolution. …”

Now we’re being told the House and Senate will probably not have a budget completed by the deadline yet again and will instead return to their states/districts breaking federal law and disregarding their sworn oath of office. Not doing their job.

How about this? Call your representative and both senators and tell them to stay in Washington until they fulfill their obligations. I just did.

Bruce A. McCartney

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