November 19, 2010
WHILE SOME REALIGNING OF SPENDING WOULD BE HELPFUL...:
Budget fight sets up 2011 showdown (DAVID ROGERS | 11/18/10, Politico)
Republicans moved Thursday to kill a year-end spending compromise, hoping to gain leverage in what could be a quick strike against President Barack Obama in the next Congress over budget priorities — and quite possibly funding for health care reform.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has tacitly supported the bipartisan negotiations, went public in opposition to the omnibus measure, which the Senate Appropriations Committee hopes to complete drafting Friday. In doing so, the Kentucky Republican aligned himself squarely with the incoming House speaker, Rep. John Boehner, and the goal is to force Congress to rely on another stopgap “continuing resolution,” or CR, to keep the government funded after Dec. 3.
Democrats have only themselves to blame for the crisis now after failing to pass a budget this year or any of the dozen annual appropriations needed to keep agencies functioning. But Republicans — especially in the House — are clearly delighted to prolong the situation in hopes of getting a crack at Obama’s budget when they take power in January.
...just passing stopgaps until the UR leaves office would be an acceptable option for the GOP. Posted by Orrin Judd at November 19, 2010 7:05 AM