The Senate Budget Committee will draft a budget blueprint this year, chairwoman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) announced Wednesday, the initial step toward the first adoption of a Senate budget in four years.
Murray’s announcement follows a similar pledge by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) over the weekend. But Murray’s statement is more significant, since this month she assumed the chairmanship of the key committee responsible for moving the spending plan to the floor.
It also comes as the Republican-led House plans to vote Wednesday on a bill that would suspend the nation’s borrowing limit into May — but also impose a requirement that both chambers of Congress pass a budget by April 15 or have their pay docked.
Although Republicans are likely to credit their insistence on the “No Budget, No Pay” rule for the Senate panel’s decision, Murray insisted that her plan to write a budget this year has been long in the works.