These days, about all we hear from Washington, D.C. is how the Senate can’t put together a decent or acceptable ObamaCare repeal bill and Russia, Russia, Russia.
There is little oxygen left for Congress or the media to talk about other important issues that simply can’t be ignored.
In just over two months (October 1 to be exact), the new fiscal year begins for the U.S. government. At that point, a dozen spending bills need to be passed by Congress and signed by the president. As of now, none of these twelve spending bills, which fund every federal agency, have made it to the floor of either house.
As of today, the House of Representatives is scheduled to be out for the entire month of August with representatives supposedly back in their districts. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell canceled half of the Senate’s August Recess, so senators will be in Washington for the first half of the month.
This “perfect storm” probably means Congress will either pass a stop-gap spending bill by the end of September to buy themselves more time, and once again allow a bloated budget full of pork to come into play before the end of the year.
On top of budget issues, Congress must also address the debt ceiling issue. Per CNN, “Since mid-March, when the last debt ceiling suspension ended, the Treasury Department has been using special accounting measures to keep debt below that limit in order to continue paying all the country’s bills in full and on time.”
And the longer Congress waits to address these two fiscal issues, the more bargaining power Democrat leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer get, which inevitably means more spending and a fatter bureaucracy.
It also means important pro-liberty legislation like the REINS Act, which will cut government regulations and bureaucracy, and the FAIR Act, which will take a huge bite out of civil asset forfeiture, have little chance of moving forward.
Often, a government tied up in red tape and lack of action can be a good thing because they can’t pass more bad laws and spend more of our hard-earned money.
In this case, Congress’ inability to act and the Republican leadership’s inability to lead, can only mean more corruption is coming.
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– John McCardell