McConnell will not bring budget resolution to the floor

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBitter fight over Barrett fuels calls to nix filibuster, expand court Trump blasts Obama speech for Biden as 'fake' after Obama hits Trump's tax payments White House hoping for COVID-19 relief deal 'within weeks': spokeswoman MORE (R-Ky.) says he will not bring a budget resolution to the Senate floor this year, even though Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike EnziMichael (Mike) Bradley EnziBottom line Chamber of Commerce endorses McSally for reelection Cynthia Lummis wins GOP Senate primary in Wyoming MORE (R-Wyo.) says he plans to put one together.

McConnell said Congress will instead stick to the spending caps agreed to last year with President TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani goes off on Fox Business host after she compares him to Christopher Steele Trump looks to shore up support in Nebraska NYT: Trump had 7 million in debt mostly tied to Chicago project forgiven MORE.

“I can’t imagine that we can reach an agreement on a budget with this particular House of Representatives,” McConnell told reporters, referring to the ideological gulf between himself and Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Trump says stimulus deal will happen after election | Holiday spending estimates lowest in four years | Domestic workers saw jobs, hours plummet due to COVID Hoyer lays out ambitious Democratic agenda for 2021, with health care at top CNN won't run pro-Trump ad warning Biden will raise taxes on middle class MORE (D-Calif.).


“We’ve got the caps deal in place. We negotiated it last year. It’s good for the second year and we’ll comply with that,” he said.

Trump signed a two-year budget deal in August that suspended the debt ceiling through July 2021 and raised military and domestic spending by $320 billion over two years.

McConnell made his comments a day after Enzi said he would put together a budget resolution for fiscal year 2021.

"I will do a budget," Enzi said Monday evening on the Senate floor.

The last time the Senate passed a budget resolution was in October 2017, when they needed to set up a special procedural fast-track for tax reform legislation. They passed another budget resolution earlier that year to use the same procedural track to circumvent a filibuster of health care legislation.

When Republicans were in the minority, McConnell vowed that Senate Republicans would pass budget resolutions if they gained control of the majority.

“The law requires us to pass a budget. And it’s stunning, as Sen. [John] Cornyn [R-Texas] pointed out, that we’re now a thousand days since we last passed a budget. I don’t think the law says, pass a budget unless it’s hard. So I think there’s no question that we would — we would take up our responsibility,” McConnell told reporters in January 2012.