A Hollow Budget Deal

Greg Sargent argues that Congress has circumvented how to tackle major policy challenges with its budget accord:

“If there’s one fact that continues to sum up this Congress, it’s this. Lawmakers remain far more likely to vote on a political, counter-productive measure on Iran than to vote on extending unemployment benefits for over one million Americans. And let’s not even talk about whether Congress will vote on any serious proposals to boost economic growth and create jobs amid a still sluggish recovery.”

“It may well be unprecedented for Congress to let benefits lapse with long term unemployment this high, and even though failure on this front will impact over one million Americans.”

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