House Republicans earlier today proposed a plan to raise the debt ceiling for only enough time (three months) to allow for Senate Democrats to produce a budget. The reason Democrats, who run the Senate, need to be prodded to propose a budget is simple: The Senate has not passed a budget in 1,360 days.
The last time the Senate passed a budget was April 29, 2009.
In that time, the debt has increased by $5.3 trillion. The amount spent by the federal government in that time is likewise enormous: $13.0 trillion.
The Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee has created this tidy chart to capture these figures:
"The refusal of the Reid Majority to fulfill their legal and moral duty to lay one out proves them unworthy to lead the Senate chamber," says Republican senator Jeff Sessions, the ranking member on the Senate Budget Committee.