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Is the Budget Deal a Good One?
Feb 8, 2018 at 06:35 AM
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Will Congress pass the budget deal in time to prevent another government shutdown? What are the advantages and disadvantages of the deal?

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Why It's Relevant

On Wednesday afternoon, Senate leaders struck an ambitious two-year budget deal in an attempt to avoid another government shutdown, which would begin at midnight on Thursday. The budget deal, which includes increased military spending as well as funding for disaster relief, children’s health care, and combating the opioid addiction, was cited as a victory by both Senate Majority and Minority Leaders Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer, who called it “a significant agreement”, and “the first green shoots of bipartisanship”, respectively. The deal has drawn polarized responses from other congressional lawmakers. It does not include any legislation related to DACA, which has been a requisite component for Democrats.

The House will be the next step for the budget deal, where it could face significant opposition. At the same time as the plan was unveiled by Senate leaders, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was in the midst of a record setting eight-hour filibuster-like protest speech on the House floor, demanding legislative action on DACA. Some Republican members of congress have also voiced opposition to the deal, stating it betrays the GOP’s fiscally conservative values.

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Will Congress pass the budget deal in time to prevent another government shutdown? What are the advantages and disadvantages of the deal?

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The Washington Post

McConnell and Schumer celebrate a budget deal that denies reality

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This Washington Post editorial was classified as a view from the left based on the following salient opinions expressed:

  • While commendable as a token of bipartisan effort, the budget deal proves that the only compromises this congress is capable of producing come at the expense of the national debt.
  • The basic achievements of the deal are not particularly impressive: it appropriately allocates funding, but offers no way to cover the costs.
  • It is absurd for lawmakers to refuse to accept the realities of government financing; denial over the rising debt paired with an inability to generate economically viable solutions make for a delusional approach to government.
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CNN

Democrats have leverage over Paul Ryan

Nadeam Elshami
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This opinion article by Nadeam Elshami was selected as a view from the mid-left on account of the following sample of arguments:

  • Minority Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s unusually long oration and display on the house floor adequately demonstrated the priority of DACA and Democrat’s ongoing commitment to Dreamers; the most sensible next move is to pass the Senate budget and use it as leverage.
  • Democrats must balance the necessity of funding the government against opportunities to advance their political agenda with detail-oriented negotiation.
  • Failure to reach an agreement before Thursday’s deadline, with another potential government shutdown, runs the risk of jeopardizing DACA permanently; House Democrats should accept the detachment of immigration from the budget in exchange for consecutive legislative action.
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Speaker Ryan Press Office

Five Reasons Why the Bipartisan Budget Agreement Is Critical

Speaker Ryan Press Office
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This statement from the office of House Speaker Paul Ryan was selected as a view from the mid-right, or establishment right, because of the following points made:

  • The budget deal will provide an increase in, as well as a more sustainable structure for, military defense spending, which the country needs in order to rebuild and strengthen its armed forces.
  • The deal is the result of bipartisan effort, and will pave the way for the broader Republican agenda and help secure future action on Republican priorities.
  • The budget deal contains meaningful cuts to Obamacare while providing additional funding to the military, and demonstrates common-sense budget reform.
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The Washington Examiner

The Senate budget deal is one of the worst ever

Quin Hillyer
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This article by Quin Hillyer was designated a view from the right on the basis of these conveyed sentiments:

  • The deficit spike this budget deal will create represents reckless and wildly irresponsible legislation.
  • This is precisely the wrong time to increase discretionary spending; rather, in the wake of major tax cuts, it ought to be the time to reduce government spending while the economy is on the rise.
  • The staggering cost of the budget deal is not even supported by any thoughtful or careful analysis: it is sheer, simple, misgovernance.  
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