GOP: 179 round-trips to moon since Senate last passed a budget

House GOP leaders needled Senate Democrats on Tuesday for failing to write a budget for four years, saying 179 round-trips to the moon could have been taken in the time being.

Republicans also say three Pentagons could have been built and a mountain-climbing team could have made it to the top of Everest 292 times since Senate Democrats last wrote a budget resolution, in the spring of 2009.

{mosads}The criticism from the GOP comes after Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said his conference would write a budget this spring. Schumer on Sunday said the budget would be used as a vehicle to move tax reform legislation.

Schumer pledged to do a budget after House Republican leaders said they would approve a three-month extension of the debt ceiling that would block senators from receiving their paychecks if a budget isn’t passed.

The graphic released Tuesday includes the hashtag “No Budget No Pay.”

“Before there is any long-term debt-limit increase, a budget should be passed that cuts spending,” Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told the Republican Conference on Friday in remarks to close the party’s three-day retreat in Williamsburg, Va. “The Democratic-controlled Senate has failed to pass a budget for four years. That is a shameful run that needs to end, this year.”

In lieu of a budget, the Senate has passed a series of stopgap measures to prevent a government shutdown. The Senate is presently operating under the Budget Control Act, which came out of the debt-ceiling fight in 2011.

The other comparisons on the info-graphic include constructing all 1,179 miles of the Keystone XL pipeline twice, driving from Key West, Fla., to Seattle 684 times, earning an accounting degree from the University of Chicago, circumnavigating the globe 73 times and defeating the Axis Powers in World War II.

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