Federal deficit (page 9)

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    Fixing Congress’ dysfunction

    Susan Ferrechio of the Washington Examiner details a new group designed to help Congress get its act together. As part of a bipartisan spending deal, lawmakers last week voted to create a new congressional committee charged with trying to find a solution to years of spending dysfunction on…
    Mitch Kokai, February 13, 2018
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    Dems not sure about Republicans following their prescription

    Robert Donachie of the Daily Caller examines congressional Democrats’ interesting reaction to their Republican counterparts’ budget plan. Democrats have long championed running budget deficits and ramping government spending to kickstart the economy. Now that Republicans are doing just that, Democrats aren’t so sure. For years, the prevailing Democratic…
    Mitch Kokai, February 13, 2018
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    To The Moon, Alice!

    Donna Martinez, February 12, 2018
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    Looking beyond the shutdown fight

    Jibran Khan writes at National Review Online that debate about a government shutdown distracts observers from the nation’s “sorry fiscal state.” The recurring shutdown and short-term-funding debates have let Democrats and Republicans run through debate points about immigration and their views of the president. But lost in an…
    Mitch Kokai, February 8, 2018
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    Scrapping the debt limit

    James Capretta argues for the American Enterprise Institute that it’s time to get rid of the federal debt limit. The federal government has a major debt problem, but the solution is not the current statutory limitation on government borrowing, which is counterproductive and could inadvertently cause permanent damage…
    Mitch Kokai, February 5, 2018
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    Say no to the return of earmarks

    Mattie Duppler of the National Taxpayers Union explains at National Review Online why restoring congressional earmarks would be a bad idea. There is now discussion of reviving earmarks: the practice, banned in the House of Representatives since 2010, of inserting funding for lawmakers’ pet projects into bills to…
    Mitch Kokai, January 19, 2018
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    Trump and earmarks

    Jonathan Tobin explains at National Review Online why he’s more worried about President Trump’s commentary on congressional earmarks than about his much-criticized description of other countries. When the president suggested during the freewheeling televised exchange about immigration that congressional earmarks be revived, he may have set back government…
    Mitch Kokai, January 17, 2018
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    Two steps toward repairing damage linked to fractured politics

    Christopher DeMuth offers National Review Online readers two ideas that would help address problems linked to our current state of polarized politics. [L]et me argue for two concrete institutional reforms. First, the Senate should abolish the filibuster and the single-member “hold” on nominations and legislative motions. It should…
    Mitch Kokai, January 12, 2018