He is more correct than he knows.
Without a house budget resolution, you can’t have a general Congressional budget resolution.Â Without a general Congressional budget resolution, you can’t have reconciliation instructions.Â And without reconciliation instructions, you need 60 votes to pass anything through the Senate, given the GOP’s current unprecedented obstructionism.
You want a jobs bill?Â You need a budget resolution.Â You want a climate bill?Â You need a budget resolution.Â Reconciliation can’t do everything; according to the conventional interpretation, you can’t just throw general appropriations into a budget bill.Â But it can do a lot.Â Increase the Earned Income Tax Credit; extend unemployment insurance; give relief to hard-pressed state budgets (by changing Medicaid rules, for example).
Dave Leonhardt has a nice piece today, echoing the complaints of The Shrill One, about the seeming insistence on returning to the 1930’s.Â That would be a disaster on so many levels.Â But the best way to avoid it is a budget resolution.Â
The Democrats need one.Â Now.