Manti Te’o: Meet the Senate’s Budget

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Notre Dame inside linebacker Manti Te’o during the Discover BCS National Championship between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Everybody on Twitter seems to have jokes when it comes to Manti Te’o and the hoax of his fictitious girlfriend. So far be it from the National Republican Congressional Committee to miss out on its chance.

“The last time the Senate passed a budget… Manti Te’o had not “met” Lennay Kekua yet.” the NRCC wrote on Twitter.

Ouch.

The whole point of the missive — at the Notre Dame linebacker’s expense — is to highlight that the Senate hasn’t adopted a budget since April 2009. Budgets are, technically, supposed to be passed annually, though the business of government keeps on keeping on even if they don’t because spending decisions are made through appropriations.

And yes, the tweet does exist.

House Speaker John Boehner’s office got in on the action earlier today, sending out a YouTube clip of “the Bobs” from the movie “Office Space.” They’re consultants who ask a busybody employee who’s always “working” but has little to show for it just “what would you say, you do here?”

The House will vote next week on a plan to tie a three-month increase in the federal debt ceiling to a provision that would block lawmakers’ pay if the House or Senate doesn’t pass a budget in that time-frame.

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