Arkansas Rep. Tim Griffin petitions Senate to finally pass a budget

If we’ve learned anything from the White House’s official “We the People” petition site, it’s that it’s one way to get the media’s attention, and maybe even the president’s attention, if he feels like being bothered. The White House has weighed in (lightly) on the movement to deport Piers “Musket” Morgan and released the secret White House beer recipe. It’s a long shot, but maybe a petition is the way to get the Senate to finally pass a budget. Rep. Tim Griffin (R-Ark.) has signed on, along with about a thousand others so far. Hey, it’s progress.

The text of the petition is short but sweet:

WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:
require the U. S. Senate to pass a budget for the upcoming fiscal year as required by law.

Is this the craziest White House petition yet?

  • digitalPimple

    Can’t pass a budget because than the public can see where their tax dollars are really going sillies.

    • GaryTheBrave

      Their intent is to keep using Continuing Resolutions on the final Bush budget then blame Bush for the 16-, 17-, quadrillion budget deficit.

  • GaryTheBrave

    Has the White House ever answered any of these petitions positively? Have they ever done what the petitioners request? Thought not.

    • carla5731

      It’s like the circus part of bread and circus…an entertainment to keep the peasants occupied and distracted from what’s really going on.

    • $30158943

      We just had a big petition in November and he won and the GOP lost, so give it a rest.

      • Vennoye

        Never happen….we actually expect those elected officials, that we are paying, to do their jobs!!

      • Kevin Krom

        Not exactly — the GOP actually gained seats in the House, despite Obama’s re-election. That means the GOP actually gained in support overall, but not enough to offset Obama’s 2008 advantage.

        • $30158943

          Kevin, you are seriously misinformed and should consider a different information source than you currently rely on. The Democrats picked up 8 seats and garnered more than a half a million votes than the GOP. The GOP only kept the house because of some very undemocratic gerrymandering in several states that they control the legislature. So the GOP lost support, you are wrong, and apology accepted. http://elections.nytimes.com/2012/results/house/big-board

          • JoeMusgo

            The GOP also gained one governorship and, currently, 30 governors are Republican versus only 19 for the Democrats. But I guess since Obama won Republicans should just roll over and let the Democrats do whatever they want, just like the Democrats did when Bush was president.

          • WisconsinPatriot

            You memorized your talking points well my minion, there will be an extra ration of gruel for you this week!

      • Kevin Krom

        Not exactly — the GOP actually gained seats in the House, despite Obama’s re-election. That means the GOP actually gained in support overall, but not enough to offset Obama’s 2008 advantage.

      • WisconsinPatriot

        OH ZING……that hurt. Is that all you have? I would say you hit like a girl…….but girls hit MUCH harder!

    • Rick Stones

      Yes. They released their home brew beer recipe in response to a petition.

      See, out dear leader cares about us and is responsive to our concerns regarding the important issues. So lay off him all you RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACISTS!

    • Rick Stones
  • nc

    Just because the Senate refuses to pass a budget doesn’t mean the House should just give up. No, send them budgets and make them either pass them or explain why they aren’t. I know, I know, they’ve gotten away with it for the past four years, but come on, don’t just accept it as “the new normal.”

    • Terry

      Every year the House has been controlled by Repubs, they DID send a budget to the Senate. Harry Reid wouldn’t bring it up for a vote. He did bring up Obama’s budget for vote in 2011 and it garnered Zero ‘yea’ votes. Same result in the House on the One’s brilliant budget.

    • http://twitter.com/equaltreatment Elaine

      They haven’t given up. Dirty Harry won’t bring anything up for a vote unless it’s something THEY want, like TAX HIKES!

  • Slapweasel

    I signed it because, well…

    biiiiiiiigot against Mormon Harry Reid.
    I think I voted for Romney, though, so … I’m a confused racist, bigot, misogynist homophobe.

    -or something.

    • Rick Stones

      I have not… here’s why: I’m afraid to enter my personal information and register on WhiteHouse.gov. Am I paranoid or is there reason to be cautious?

    • Rick Stones

      I have not… here’s why: I’m afraid to enter my personal information and register on WhiteHouse.gov. Am I paranoid or is there reason to be cautious?

  • $30158943

    Wow, GOP is desperate. Can’t win elections so please sign my petition, next they will ask people to like them on facebook.

    • carla5731

      Yeah, it’s so weird when the Senate, which has a majority of Democrats, can’t even perform their job at the most basic level. Maybe we should withhold their pay to remind them of their incompetency.

      • $30158943

        Its not weird, when the turtle man filibusters even his own bills, nothing gets done.

        • Slapweasel

          Typical.

    • GaryTheBrave

      Oh cool. George_W_Tush has changed his name to MitchMcTurtle. Good one Geoerge/Mitch.

    • miller

      So you think the Senate should not pass a budget as required by law? And then you avoid Carla’s point. smh

    • WisconsinPatriot

      You are just AWESOME!!!!! Everything you say is just so MEANINGFUL!!!!!!!!!!! Do you have anything to add to the discussion? I thought not.

  • rennyangel2

    No budget; no funding.

  • rennyangel2

    No budget; no funding.

  • mickeyco

    Says a lot about our country when a sitting Congressman has to sign an online petition to ask the Senate to do its job.

    • TundraThunder

      Watch out for drones, Rep. Griffin!

  • WisconsinPatriot

    Or maybe the Senate leadership should be arrested and arraigned for breaking the law. Oh, wait…..silly me……Harry is a democrat.

  • BeeKaaay

    The law requires the Senate to do so but are there any penalties? Such as senate pay being cut?

    NOOOOOOOOOOO.

    A parking ticket has more punch than this law!

    • James Neal

      Somebody please explain to me why Harry Reid shouldn’t be fired for non-performance of duty required by law. I mean if Nevada keeps sending do-nothing people to Congress, their representation should be nullified. Why pay any Congressman to sit there for six years and do nothing? Based on recent history, we could run the country with just three people — get rid of those who are just filling a chair and feeding at the public trough. Why pay salaries for these idiots if what they do is worse than nothing?

      • BeeKaaay

        Who will fire them?

        Oh yeah, that’s the problem.

  • Guest

    Article II, Section 4 of the US Constitution gives the House of Representatives the sole authority and responsibility to impeach federal officials. While most Americans recognize the authority of the House to impeach the President, this authority actually extends to all federal officials, including members of both houses of the Congress.

    If the new House of Representatives is sincere in its pledge to move the business of the people forward through the Congress, they should begin impeachment proceedings against the presiding officers of the US Senate for their blatant and willful refusal to fulfill the constitutionally mandated law and responsibility to submit and pass a federal budget since April 29, 2009. While it is doubtful that the Senate would convict, this is a powerful tool available to responsible members of Congress to force the presiding officers of the US Senate to do their jobs or pay a high political price for their willful neglect of the business of the people of the United States.

    • BeeKaaay

      Ah, but we have Marxists take over both major parties, so nothing will ever get done, no impeachment. :(

  • JustLikeAnimals

    Article II, Section 4 of the US Constitution gives the House of Representatives the sole authority and responsibility to impeach federal officials. While most Americans recognize the authority of the House to impeach the President, this authority actually extends to all federal officials, including members of both houses of the Congress.

    If the new House of Representatives is sincere in its pledge to move the business of the people forward through the Congress, they should begin impeachment proceedings against the presiding officers of the US Senate for their blatant and willful refusal to fulfill the constitutionally mandated law and responsibility to submit and pass a federal budget since April 29, 2009. While it is doubtful that the Senate would convict, this is a powerful tool available to responsible members of Congress to force the presiding officers of the US Senate to do their jobs or pay a high political price for their willful neglect of the business of the people of the United States.

  • Slapweasel

    That’s only the fiftieth time I’ve heard that “joke”.

    By the way, use the apostrophe in it’s. No apostrophe shows possession, in this case.

    You’re right. It is dysfunctional. The GOP has their heads up their collective asses, but that doesn’t excuse Mr. Reid from ignoring the law. Nor does it excuse the lack of reportage.

    If anyone in the Republican party could supply terminology that everyone could grasp, more folks would understand where the obstructions have been, for the repeated and so-called “crises”.

    Sorry. I’m tired. …and snippy.