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The Fiscal Year 2020 Spending Bills are Out and Itís Not Pretty

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The Fiscal Year 2020 Spending Bills are Out and Itís Not Pretty

12.18.19 01:41 PM

By Alison Acosta Winters   Once again, Congress has foisted a mammoth, unsightly Christmas Tree on Americans right before flocking home for the holidays.   Sadly, these two spending bills do not serve the broad interests of Americans. With $1.4 trillion in discretionary spending, they represent a 4.8% increase over last yearís record high discretionary spending levels. Of course, that will just get things started Ė no doubt there will be supplemental disaster and emergency spending bills passed before all is over.   Remember, to get to these levels, Congress and the administration negotiated to blow through the last two years of spending caps in the Budget Control Act without even paying lip service to the BCAís intent to control spending. And that was after even higher spending increases in the previous spending deal.   Any time legislation has something for everyone to like, we should all hold on to our wallets. Perhaps we can be thankful that the bill isnít worse. But beyond the fiscal and economic costs to American taxpayers and workers, the numerous policies unrelated to spending included in the bill also mean we should be worried about the integrity and transparency of the legislative process.   […]

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