December 9, 2006

TURNABOUT BEING FAIR PLAY:

Incoming Democrats face fiscal minefield: Funding gaps left in programs (Rick Klein, December 9, 2006, Boston Globe)

The outgoing Republican Congress has placed a political time bomb for incoming Democrats: Nearly all domestic programs paid for by the federal government are level funded through mid-February with no adjustments for inflation, a situation that probably will trigger cuts or reductions in such popular areas as veterans' affairs, children's healthcare, housing vouchers, and low-income fuel assistance.

Democrats, who take control of Congress in January, will therefore have to immediately choose between restoring any lost services and their campaign pledge to control government spending. The clash could expose tensions within the party in the crucial first weeks of Democrats' leadership -- and the party's agenda could get sidetracked in a pitched battle over spending priorities.


Expect to hear a lot from the Senate GOP and the President about offsets and revenue neutrality.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 9, 2006 7:44 AM
Comments

Inflation? Did I miss that memo?

Posted by: erp at December 9, 2006 8:10 AM
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