The Trump tweet illustrates a much larger problem facing congressional Republicans: They don’t want to fight—about the wall, or about much of anything, particularly spending.
Whether for a new park in a powerful congressman’s home district or for a special counsel, the country’s checks mustn’t clear unless Congress actually says they should.
Only when members become willing to take tough votes, and to abide by the outcome even if it results in policy outcomes they disfavor, will the process become more open and transparent.
We agree with President Trump: a spending bill like the one passed this March must never happen again. Unfortunately, Congress currently is on a path to repeat that debacle.
Does Mitch McConnell grant Sen. Susan Collins a vote on her appropriations amendment after Republican leaders castigated Sen. Rand Paul for asking for a vote on his amendment?
The brief lapse in appropriations had serious underlying causes, and the flip way its correspondents covered the incident led to arguably the dumbest headline in Politico’s history.
The call to restore earmarks is partly based on the belief that Congress has inadequate control over how the executive branch spends money. False.
When health insurers filed their rates for 2017, not a single state commissioner contemplated that the incoming presidential administration might cancel federal cost-sharing subsidies.
Continuing resolutions ultimately cost taxpayers, who pay for congressionally induced instability and terribly inefficient funding and contract management.
The Senate minority leader implicitly admitted the Obama administration violated both the U.S. Constitution and federal criminal statutes by spending funds without an appropriation.
House Republicans should stop pretending they can’t do anything to stop Obama’s executive order. They can, they just don’t want to.
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