Corrupt Washington moves to permanently fund itself


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The coming dark age: A group of Republican Senators have introduced legislation that would make future government shutdowns impossible by creating a permanent continuing resolution should budget negotiations fail.

Currently, when Congress fails to meet a deadline to pass a government funding bill, the agencies which remain unfunded shut down. Often, Congress chooses to pass what’s called a continuing resolution (CR) to delay and extend the deadline to pass funding bills, which keeps funding operations at their current levels. The “End Government Shutdowns Act” would automatically create a continuing resolution for any appropriations bill not passed by Oct. 1, the deadline to pass a bill funding the government for the next fiscal year. In theory, this would allow members of Congress to continue to negotiate over appropriations while keeping the government open.

CR funding would be reduced by 1 percent after 120 days, and would be reduced by another 1 percent every 90 days “until Congress does its job and completes the annual appropriations process,” according to the release announcing the bill.

To put this in plain language, this bill would make permanent all government funding, forever, while taking all power from the voters to influence what the government does. Congress would no longer need to do anything to get its money to its cronies, and no matter what the voters did, the money would still flow. The one percent reduction in funding every 90 days is worthless, a mere bone to make everything think they mean business. It would be years before any government department would feel a pinch from this reduction, and in that time they would easily have the opportunity to get the reduction canceled.

Note that the bill was introduced by Republican senators, including “libertarian” Mike Lee (R-Utah). If this doesn’t demonstrate that the people in Washington, from both parties, and from across the political spectrum, have no interest in the national interest, nothing will.

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5 comments

  • Phill O

    Trump’s idea of draining the swamp was a pipe dream. It sounded good but the swamp has way too much power.

    The British parlimentary system also lack teeth to clear out corruption.

  • Chris Lopes

    The founders thought of the inconvenience of the process as a feature, not a bug. We are where we are because both parties found it easier to get what they wanted through manufactured crisis, than actually convincing voters they were right. This bill would turn the government into a well oiled and out of control machine.

  • wodun

    The one percent reduction in funding every 90 days is worthless, a mere bone to make everything think they mean business.

    Hmm. I am not sure this is true. Rand Paul had his penny pincher budget plan and that reduced spending by 1% a year and that would have reined in spending in just a few years. Cutting 1% every 90 days would be great but it would be nice if that part kicked in sooner rather than waiting 120 days.

    What this does is give Republicans a ratchet of their own in budget negotiations. The default to no agreement will be cutting spending rather than the current default of increasing spending. For Republicans, it would incentive not passing a CR* as no deal leads to a reduction in spending. I am sure that whenever a deal on a CR** is reached though, that that funding gets restored retroactively.

    * Notice they say CR and not budget?

    ** Seriously why isn’t our media talking about the failure to pass actual budgets?

  • Kirk

    A 4% per year across the board reduction sounds like a deal to me, though I agree with wodun that the first percent should kick in immediately.

  • Tom

    Future Congresses will simply cancel out the spending reductions aspects of the bill and get their way entirely. Just like allowing themselves to “borrow” monies from the Social Security trust fund. Remember when that little change in the law happened? FDR may have been doing 10,000 RPM in up in Hyde Park because of it but nobody made a peep about it. It’s the camel’s nose under the tent here….

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