House GOP Freshmen to Harry Reid: ‘Man Up, Get in the Ring’ and Pass a Budget

By Matt Cover | January 18, 2012 | 6:11pm EST

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) listens to a reporter's question following a Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Las Vegas Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Sun, Steve Marcus)

( – House Republican freshmen called on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to “get in the ring” and pass a budget through the U.S. Senate, something that has not happened in nearly 1,000 days.


“It’s time for Harry Reid to man up, get in the ring, and pass a budget,” Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wis.) said Wednesday at a Capitol Hill press conference featuring several House Republican freshmen.

Ribble, referencing Reid’s days as an amateur boxer, said that it was “offensive” that the Senate has not fulfilled its duty to pass a budget.

“He [Sen. Reid] hasn’t even been able to pass a budget in 1,000 days,” Ribble said. “It’s offensive what’s going on [over] there.”

Other GOP freshmen also railed against Reid’s inability to pass a budget in the past several years, most of which Democrats controlled both houses of Congress.

Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) said that the obstructionist label often put on the mostly conservative House Republican class by Democrats – including Reid – was false, arguing instead that it was just a tactic to defend Democrats’ own unwillingness to take political risks.

West called Reid’s refusal to pass a budget “fiscal insanity.”

“The American people have to balance budgets in their homes,” West said during the press conference. “Our small business owners have to balance budgets to run their businesses. So, obviously, what Harry Reid calls obstructionism – I look at it – he stands for fiscal irresponsibility, he stands for fiscal insanity.”

Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.) – a member of the House Budget Committee – said that a budget was needed before the government can begin to reduce its deficit spending because a budget was the basic blueprint of government spending.

“We have a massive debt that we’re all aware of -- $15.3 trillion in debt right now. There is a bigger problem though than $15.3 trillion in debt, and that is that we have no plan to get out of it,” Lankford said.

“We’re on autopilot to continue to increase our spending. We have to have a plan to get out of this debt. So while $15.3 trillion is incredibly significant, and 100 percent debt-to-GDP [ratio] is incredibly significant, the bigger issue is there is no significant plan to get out of this.

Lankford said that the country could not wait any longer and needed a plan to begin to dig itself out of debt.

“The simple fact is the Senate has to do a budget, the president has to work with both parties to be able to come to some resolution, because we cannot continue to wait with no plan to get out of this very significant debt that we’re facing as a nation.”

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