Spending Weariness Jeopardizes Already Crowded Legislative Schedule

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Over the weekend President Obama sent a letter to Congress urging them to pass a measure to shore up state and local budgets and stave off public employee layoffs. The Washington Post has a good article on the acrimony the proposal generated. A spokesman for Senate Minority Leader McConnell had this to say:

“He’s calling on Congress to pass a [jobless] bill that will add about $80 billion to the deficit, but then calls for fiscal discipline”

The weekend’s argument played out again today as Congress hit another stumbling block with the extenders bill. Derek Thompson at the Atlantic wrote a piece that highlights the underlying problem. While it is clear where Mr. Thompson lands on the issue it is less clear with the public as this Gallup poll shows:

Gallup Poll

Going forward the Congress, and especially the Senate, have a lot of big ticket items they hope to tackle before the mid-terms. However, the tension between spending and the deficit is not going away, making an ambitious agenda all the more difficult.

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