Congress missed the deadline for one of its most basic responsibilities on April 15: doing a budget. Missing this deadline isn't new. In fact, since 1985, Congress has only passed a budget by the deadline four times -- and for six of the last ten years, they simply didn't do a budget. Shamefully, it doesn't seem like Congress is planning to do one this year either.
There are several ways to help.
You can call your legislators.
You can submit a letter to the editor.
You can share our Waldo graphic on social media.
Without a budget, Congress is ignoring any discussion of what to do about debt and deficits. A budget is more important than ever, with next year’s deficit reaching almost a trillion dollars and the debt potentially reaching the size of the economy in a decade. Not doing a budget is a total abdication of responsibility. Without one, Congress is just sticking its head in the sand and refusing to confront the issue.
You can also share the infographic on your Twitter and Facebook feeds. Be sure to tag your federal lawmakers.
Tweet using #wheresthebudget.
Create your own federal budget with the Debt Fixer interactive budget tool.
Learn more about the federal budget process.
Learn more about the national debt and deficit outlook.