Sunday, January 27, 2019

If you want a real budget deal, let Congress hold a real debate for a change

By Washington Examiner., Jan. 24, 2019

" The primary reason the government is partially shut down," Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., noted on Thursday afternoon, is that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., "will not allow Congress to work as a deliberative body. Let legislators legislate — let us amend bills — and then [President Trump] can decide whether to sign or veto."

We agree. Unfortunately, on Thursday, we saw the opposite take place in the Senate. In the terrible tradition of recent Senate leaders — including especially former Sen. Harry Reid — McConnell chose only to allow a theatrical rendition of a Senate debate instead of the real thing. He allowed just two versions of a budget and immigration deal to reach the floor, each completely unacceptable to the other side. To no one's surprise, they both failed.
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