Just hours before President Barack Obama urged lawmakers to set aside partisan bickering for the good of the country, Sen. Ron Johnson was again accusing Senate Democrats of fiscal negligence and threatening to gum up the legislative process if the chamber failed to pass a budget by April 15.

Johnson, R-Oshkosh, joined a group of GOP lawmakers Tuesday to mark the 1,000th day in which the Senate has not passed a budget resolution. The last time the chamber passed one was in 2009.

Johnson said it was unconscionable that Democrats had not passed a budget plan as required by law, given the nation’s dire fiscal standing with a debt of more than $15 trillion.

“This is a national scandal,” Johnson said. “It is imperative that we get our federal budget under control. And the first step, the minimum thing that Congress should do, is follow the law that it passed to put discipline on itself and pass a budget.”

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