I know you're tired of reading "GOP sucks" posts. Believe it or not, I'm getting tired of writing them. But this is a political news blog and the GOP is the party that controls both houses of Congress (theoretically). So when they can't get their act together (which is all the time)t on something as fundamental as a Budget Resolution, it's news.
As veteran Capital Hill reporter Steve Dennis put it, "This is, like, never-ever-ever supposed to happen."
At issue is whether or how to add money to the defense budget without going over the Budget Control Act (sequester) caps.
The gimmick they were trying to push through was adding money to the Overseas Contingency Operations fund which is where they account for the money for operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and other war on terror activities. This is "off-budget" for the purpose of counting against sequester. Basically it would become a DoD slush fund since the money would be used for normal activities like procurement, maintenance and other routine activities.
Budget hawks are calling BS on this and rightfully so. Just because you spend money and put it on a different spreadsheet doesn't mean you aren't spending and borrowing it. If defense hawks get away with this, why not create other off book accounts for things like highway, education and other discretionary spending? The GOP could then spend all they want and still say, "Look at us! We're staying under the caps and cutting spending!"
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