House Speaker John Boehner released a chart Tuesday showing how many things Democrats could have accomplished in the time that they have not passed a budget, a span of nearly four years.
The chart comes as Republicans will vote Wednesday on a plan to raise the debt ceiling, with one caveat: Senate Democrats must finally pass a budget or face no pay.
One of the highlights of the chart is that Senate Dems could have taken 179 trips to the moon. If space is too out of this world for members of the Senate, Boehner says that they could take a nonstop hot-air balloon ride around the world 73 consecutive times, or hike up Mt. Everest 292 times (assuming you are "superhuman" and can do it in five days).
The Republicans also suggested a few other, less physically rigorous exercises Democrats could have completed in the past four years: The Pentagon, which was built in 491 days, could be constructed three times and the Keystone XL pipeline, which would be 1,179 miles long, could have been completed twice.
(Source: Office of Speaker of the House John Boehner)
And for the more relaxed members of Congress, Senators could drive across the country 684 times.
Senate Democrat say the reason they did not pass a budget is because they passed the Budget Control Act in 2011, which outlined roughly how much money Congress could spend, eliminating the need for a strategic and separate plan, which in the past has been used as more of a political statement.
Despite that, Senate Democrats have signaled that they will work with Republicans and hammer out a plan to raise the debt ceiling, though they say the plan will include a revamp of the tax code.
"We're going to do a budget this year," Schumer said Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press. "And it's going to have revenues in it. And our Republican colleagues better get used to that fact."
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