Avoid Government Shutdowns and Still Restrain Spending

After President Donald Trump in March signed the massive $1.3 trillion spending bill for 2018, he warned Congress: “I will never sign another bill like this again.”

He shouldn’t have to. But unless something is done to stop Washington’s annual game of budgetary chicken, he may not have much of a choice.

Every year it’s the same story. Congress passes almost none of its twelve routine spending bills by the start of the new fiscal year. Facing the pressure of a government shutdown, it instead passes what is known as a continuing resolution (CR), which funds the government at the previous year’s level.

A CR is a stopgap measure. It keeps the federal government’s lights on and buys Congress time to cobble together a one-year spending bill.

To avoid a looming (or actual) government shutdown, this one huge spending bill usually features the worst aspects of what the two parties want. That bill then gets sent to the president, who has to sign it — or take the blame for a shutdown.

 Read more at National Review

Current News

Huawei's CEO Built an Empire. Trump Could Tear It Down

Huawei's CEO Built an Empire. Trump Could Tear It Down

At the sprawling Huawei Technologies Co. campus in Shenzhen, the food court’s walls are emblazoned with quotes from the company’s billionaire founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei  Read more

Ex-FBI chief Comey agrees to testify for second day before House panels

Ex-FBI chief Comey agrees to testify for second day before House panels

Former FBI Director James Comey testified about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails behind closed doors on Friday before House of Representatives lawmakers and said he believed the session could have been public  Read more

John Kelly, Trump’s Chief of Staff, to Leave White House

John Kelly, Trump’s Chief of Staff, to Leave White House

President Trump said on Saturday that his chief of staff, John F. Kelly, would step down by the end of the year, the latest move in a long-planned staff shake-up as the president heads into the 2020 campaign facing growing peril from the special counsel and newly empowered Democrats  Read more

Republicans using MAGA rallies to build Trump army for 2020

Republicans using MAGA rallies to build Trump army for 2020

President Trump stumped for GOP congressional candidates at a breakneck pace in the closing weeks of the midterms, crisscrossing the country to energize voters at his trademark ‘MAGA’ rallies  Read more

President Trump to Nominate William Barr for Attorney General

President Trump to Nominate William Barr for Attorney General

President Donald Trump says he will nominate William Barr, former President George H.W. Bush’s attorney general, to serve in the same role  Read more

Facebook Used People’s Data to Favor Certain Partners and Punish Rivals, Documents Show

Facebook Used People’s Data to Favor Certain Partners and Punish Rivals, Documents Show

Facebook used the mountains of data it collected on users to favor certain partners and punish rivals, giving companies such as Airbnb and Netflix special access to its platform while cutting off others that it perceived as threats  Read more