October 6, 2015

THE PARTY OF REGULAR ORDER:

Tiny Budget Victories : The latest defense authorization bill doesn't contain too many budget shenanigans (Ryan Alexander Oct. 6, 2015, US News)

The National Defense Authorization is the bill that sets policy for the Pentagon. This massive piece of legislation sets the table for the defense appropriations bill that actually gives the Pentagon the cash for the fiscal year. Typically, the authorization bill enjoys bipartisan support and is signed into law each year - for more than 50 years running, the House and Senate Armed Services Committees are quick to point out. This makes it unusual in the Washington echo chamber that has developed in the last five years where important legislation languishes for lack of political will to pass it. (Transportation legislation, raising the debt ceiling, etc, ad nauseum.)

The fact that the defense authorization bill will reliably become law makes it a magnet for non-germane issues like last year when Department of Interior land swaps and a commemorative coin for the National Park Service found their way into the bill. So I was pleasantly surprised to find these shenanigans weren't repeated in the fiscal year 2016 version of the bill.

Posted by at October 6, 2015 3:14 PM
  

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