Now that Congress has its immense $1.1 trillion bipartisan funding bill in hand, Capitol Hill is breathing easier.
They ended the specter of a government shutdown for the moment and funded the federal budget for most of the year. The media have been commending Congress for finally doing its job.
This praise works only in the context of recent history, however. The bill that congressional leaders produced is hardly a triumph. Instead, it’s another example of Congress’ stubborn determination to deal itself out of the budgeting process. Let me explain.