Republicans are attacking a group of Democrats who didn’t vote for any of the five budget proposals on the House floor last week, saying they “failed the most basic responsibility of governing.”
The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) sent out missives with images of a blank check to the districts of 21 Democrats, many of them Blue Dogs in competitive districts.
“Mike Ross has failed the most basic responsibility of governing by failing to even vote for a budget over the last two years, let alone see one passed,” the NRCC said in one statement targeting Rep. Mike Ross (D-Ark.), the co-chairman of the conservative Democratic Blue Dog Coalition.
Republicans criticized Democrats in 2010 for not passing a full budget. Lawmakers considered the official GOP and Democratic proposals on Friday, along with alternatives from the conservative Republican Study Committee, the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the Congressional Black Caucus. Only the GOP budget passed, although Democratic leaders have said it will not pass the Senate.
Three Republicans — Reps. David McKinleyDavid McKinley10 Senate seats that could flip in 2018 Ethics panel scolds GOP lawmaker over namesake firm Lawmakers press concerns over fuel efficiency rules MORE (W.Va.), Walter Jones (N.C.) and Denny Rehberg (Mont.) — also opposed all five options.
Ross and other Blue Dogs criticized the GOP proposal, authored by Budget Committee Chairman Paul RyanPaul RyanRepublicans raise red flags about ObamaCare repeal strategy Overnight Healthcare: GOP in talks about helping insurers after ObamaCare repeal Ryan on Trump: 'We're not looking back' MORE (Wis.), for trying to “privatize” Medicare.
A spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Jesse Ferguson, responded: “House Republicans are the last people who should be lecturing about budgets after they voted to end Medicare and raise health care costs for seniors, rather than choosing to end taxpayer giveaways for Big Oil companies making record profits or tax breaks for the ultra rich.”
This post was updated at 1:34 p.m.