Under current law, Congress is required to reduce discretionary spending levels between the years 2017 and 2018. But Washington is up to its old budgeting tricks—and hoping you’re not paying attention.
With current funding expiring on September 30, lawmakers must decide how to keep the government funded for the coming year. POLITICO reported that House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer prefers maintaining Congress’ system of crisis budgeting, by which short-term funding extensions yield a chaotic cycle of reckless spending and borrowing on the backs of taxpayers.
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer…said he’s hoping for a short-term funding stopgap to keep the government open into December.“I think there will be very, very few, if any, bills that get to the president,” Hoyer said, adding he’d like to see something like last year — a short-term patch into December followed by passage of a more wide-ranging omnibus to last through the rest of the fiscal year.…”I would be for an omnibus, as opposed to a CR, in December. I think we ought to do what we did last year, at worst.”
In other words: one manufactured crisis after another, with plenty of opportunity for Washington to leverage looming government shutdowns for more spending—all while maintaining the ability for a new administration to open the flood gates. We’ve already seen how that plays out. American taxpayers lose.
That is why the Stop, Cut & Fix congressional spending plan from Freedom Partners and its allies is a responsible first step in fixing Congress’ spending problem. The best way to ensure Congress doesn’t break its spending limits required by law is to cement a two-year continuing appropriations plan to lock-in the cuts we were promised. The last thing we need are more midnight deals under threat of shutdown, but this is exactly what will happen if Congressman Hoyer and others lawmakers on both sides of the aisle refuse to change course.