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Published on Apr 19, 2012
WASHINGTON, April 18—The Senate Budget Committee was, after months of delay, scheduled to hold an official mark-up today in which amendments would be considered and a final vote would be held. But that mark-up was cancelled, and instead Senators were only permitted to give opening statements before the committee meeting was ended.
During his statement, Ranking Member Sessions criticized the mark-up's cancellation, saying that "We've had secret meetings, committees, discussions, outlines, and frameworks, but when it's laid out in real numbers... people can then look at it and express their view. They either like it or don't like it, but it has reality to it, and the kind of power to it, that just talk does not have...
There has been... a systematic plan for several years on behalf of Sen. Reid, I guess, and the Democratic leadership, to avoid votes on budgets. To avoid being accountable for having a real plan for the future... So I have to say, I'm disappointed that we're not being able to have the kind of markup that ought to be basic to the statutory duty of this committee to fulfill its responsibility to produce a budget."