December 10, 2006

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At session's end, Congress cuts taxes: The 11th-hour output also included controversial provisions for Gulf Coast drilling and a trade deal with Haiti. (Gail Russell Chaddock, 12/11/06, The Christian Science Monitor)

In a final, late-night surge of legislating, the 109th Congress passed $45 billion in tax cuts and a trade package affecting at least 150 developing nations, as well as a range of smaller bills on issues from healthcare to energy. But they left most of the current fiscal year's spending decisions to the next Congress.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 10, 2006 5:55 PM
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But they left most of the current fiscal year's spending decisions to the next Congress.

It's my understanding that "spending" that didn't get considered included thousands of "earmarks". Instead of culling them, the GOP listened to the "will of the people" and dumped them on the Dems to clean up. So any "earmarks" out of the new Congress will be "new spending", and not somethng than can automatically be blamed on the GOP (although the Dems will find a way, and the GOP will subserviently accept the blame...)

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at December 11, 2006 1:05 AM
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