Senate Democrats have avoided passing a budget for three straight years as of today. What’s more, Democratic senators are surprisingly open in admitting they won’t pass one this year, either, in order to avoid an embarrassing vote before this fall’s election.
Senate Democrats controlled 59 seats in the 2009-2010 Congress (leaving aside, for the moment, the several months when Democrats had a supermajority). Fifty-eight made $174,000 annually, while Reid made $193,000 annually. They collectively drew a cool $20,570,000 in taxpayer money.
The Democrats lost six Senate seats in the 2010 elections because they accumulated more debt than the first 100 Congresses combined, but they didn’t change their approach to budgeting.
The 53-seat Democratic majority, along with the two independents who caucus with them, will collectively have been paid another $18,482,000 over 2011 and 2012.
For all of that money — $38,976,000 since 2009 — the taxpayers are rewarded with a Democratic majority so desperate to keep their jobs that they won’t even do them.