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Published on Apr 20, 2012
WASHINGTON, April 20—After not adopting a budget resolution since April 29, 2009—1,087 days ago—the Senate's Democrat majority appeared set this week to at least hold a mark-up in the Budget Committee; that is, debate and amend the measure before voting whether or not to send it to the full Senate. At the last minute, however, the Senate's Democrat leadership and Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad cancelled the mark-up. Senators were instead only permitted to offer opening statements; no amendments were considered and no votes were cast.
Every Republican Senator attended the committee meeting to urge the chamber's Democrat Majority leadership to abandon its resistance to taking up a budget plan.