McConnell will not bring budget resolution to the floor

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFormer OMB pick Neera Tanden to serve as senior adviser to Biden Lawmakers reach agreement on bipartisan Jan. 6 commission The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Masks off: CDC greenlights return to normal for vaccinated Americans 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 EnziThe unflappable Liz Cheney: Why Trump Republicans have struggled to crush her  The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the National Shooting Sports Foundation - CDC news on gatherings a step toward normality Lummis adopts 'laser eyes' meme touting Bitcoin 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 TrumpVirginia GOP gubernatorial nominee acknowledges Biden was 'legitimately' elected Biden meets with DACA recipients on immigration reform Overnight Health Care: States begin lifting mask mandates after new CDC guidance | Walmart, Trader Joe's will no longer require customers to wear masks | CDC finds Pfizer, Moderna vaccines 94 percent effective in health workers 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 PelosiGohmert says Jan. 6 mob attack on Capitol not an 'armed insurrection' Meghan McCain: Greene 'behaving like an animal' GOP Rep. Turner to lead House push to address military sexual assault 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.