Writing today in The Hill, Jonathan Bydlak points out that while Supreme Court drama may be capturing most headlines, problems with the nation’s finances are only growing worse as Congress passes another enormous spending bill:
President Trump, who six months ago pledged he would “never sign a bill like this again,” went ahead and signed a bill like this again on Friday.
Meanwhile, the Select Committee on Budget Process Reform toils away with little public notice, and at the very least, it will be some time before we see any real progress on the type of reform necessary to avoid this happening again.
Amid the constant, frantic pace of political news, it’s not likely that members of Congress will have much interest in focusing on the dry details of budget process reform as they head back to their districts ahead of November midterms.
Ironically, as Washington lurches from one hyper-partisan crisis to another, taking a serious look at the programs and expenditures of the federal government has never been more important.
But if anything, objections from Congress are becoming increasingly quiet under united government, if this last vote is any indication. Since the 1960s, adjusted for inflation, discretionary spending has more than doubled, and one shudders to imagine what the trend will become over the next few years.