Jan 19, 2018

Governing-by-Crisis Exacerbates Political Stagnation, Fiscal Uncertainty & Higher Spending

Post by Freedom Partners

Arlington, VA — As Congress continues to negotiate a short-term spending bill in another last-ditch effort to avert a government shutdown, Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce renews its call for a return to regular order where Congress debates spending bills on their merits and passes a budget.

Since 1998, the government has been funded through a continuing resolution 112 times. According to the Congressional Research Service, Congress has resorted to continuing resolutions to fund the Federal Government for an average of five months in each year between 1998 and 2016 in a pattern of budgeting-by-crisis.

Freedom Partners Executive Vice President Nathan Nascimento issued the following statement:

“Over the years, manufactured crises where Congress jumps from one fiscal cliff to another have led to higher spending, political stagnation, fiscal uncertainty, and ultimately government shutdown. Congress should abandon this practice of crisis budgeting, get back to regular order and debate spending programs on their own merits in the full view of the public. Right now we need responsible solutions to endWashington’s culture of dysfunction and failure.”