"No matter how you look at it, Democrats in Congress blinked first in their showdown with the president over war funding."
"Faced with the real possibility that they would be blamed for U.S. soldiers being shortchanged, they capitulated."
So Congress blinked. They played chicken and lost.
But, to complete their failure, they then broke their own rules and stuffed a war funding bill with domestic spending that is too controversial to pass on its own.
How about $1.2 billion for Midwestern dairy farmers? Don't bother Congress with those pesky new rules they imposed on themselves about spending increases having to be offset by cuts in other places. Nope Congress simply sneaks it into a war bill so that no one will notice.
Congress also allowed air carriers to reduce their pension plans by $2 billion, gave $425 million to Northwest counties harmed by low timber revenues, and raised the minimum wage to $7.25 an hour.
All things that apparently couldn't get done once the "100 Hours" ran out.
The Deseret News sums it up well:
"Both political parties have learned that the quickest way to pass one controversial measure is to make it a tiny part of a much larger measure that comes with high political stakes."
"But Americans should never expect an end to wasteful federal spending until lawmakers are called to account for the semi-hidden tricks they use to reward their pet causes."