Does Budget Deal Signal a More Productive Congress?

Sarah Binder questions whether the budget deal signals “a return to ‘regular order,’ if not a more productive Congress ahead.”

“Tuesday’s deal is a far cry from normal budgeting.  [Rep. Paul] Ryan (R-Wis) and [Sen. Patty] Murphy (D-Wash) are unlikely to put the deal to the conference committee, given how little time remains for Congress to act.”

“The appropriations process remains badly fractured [and] Congress will make its spending decisions through an omnibus bill that offers lawmakers a take-it-or-leave-it deal.”

“The mini-deal is emblematic of legislative battles in polarized times: Parties come to the table only when the costs of blocking an agreement are too great to shoulder.”

Binder concludes that the current deal is a solution to avoiding catastrophe but not representative of substantive, bi-partisan deal-making:

“So long as lawmakers prefer dividing the pie (splitting differences) to enlarging the pie (crafting “win-win” deals that capitalize on the parties’ divergent priorities), only small potatoes will roast.”

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  • dogpal

    Just because one successful action has taken place–maybe it means the Republicans have gotten the word that the closing of the government was not the best action to take? Voters are wise and smarter than given credit for. Keep up the attention to the congressmen–let them further understand who put them on the Hill. WE hired them and expect more for our money! Get back to work!

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