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U.S. Senator Johnson: I'll tie up legislative process if budget isn't passed


WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - U.S. Senate Republican Ron Johnson says it's unconscionable that his chamber has not passed an annual federal budget since 2009.

And if a package for next year if not approved by April 15th, Johnson says he'll clog up the legislative process for a second time.

Last year, the Wisconsin freshman stunned colleagues by objecting to a unanimous consent that would have let the senior Republican on the Senate Budget Committee have his say.

The consent procedure is designed to speed things up on the Senate floor -- and Johnson said he might tie things up again unless majority Democrats get serious about passing a budget plan.

He called it a "national scandal" that his chamber refuses to approve such a package, as the federal government falls over $15 trillion into debt.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Johnson's threat only ties up the gridlock which he says Americans are fed up with. Reid spokesman Adam Jentleson said, "One can only wonder what would motivate any Republican to single-handedly generate more gridlock, and then brag about it."