Boehner: ‘The Senate’s Done Nothing’ to Pass a Budget – ‘Three Years’ and Running

By Elizabeth Harrington | March 22, 2012 | 12:44 PM EDT

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) (AP Photo)

( – Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) criticized the Senate on Thursday for failing to pass a budget, saying, “We’re actually doing the real work” by introducing House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) plan. The last time the Senate passed a budget was on Apr. 9, 2009.

“We’re over here in the House actually working on a budget, going through the real work that it takes to come to grips with our fiscal problems,” said Boehner, at a Capitol Hill press conference, when asked whether House Republicans could garner enough votes to pass the Ryan plan.

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“The Senate’s done nothing!” he said.  “There have been no mark ups in the Senate.  There hasn’t even been any effort in the Senate.  Three years!  Three years and they’ve failed to move a budget.”

The House Speaker continued:  “And so, while when people get critical about, ‘Oh well, you only passed the budget out of committee by one vote, and boy are you going to get 218 votes when you bring it to the floor?’  We’re actually doing the real work that’s required to address our long-term problems, and I believe that we’ll be successful in getting it done.”

At the press conference Boehner also spoke about rising gas prices and the need to further develop existing oil and natural gas deposits in the United States.