By Noelle Clemente, American Action Forum
Predicting the future is the lifeblood of Washington. What will the other side do? What will the numbers be? Political, policy, and press interests devote equal time to reading the tea leaves. So while the Washington press corps exhausts all of its energy gossiping about the next House and how Chairman Paul Ryan will achieve balance in 10 years, the more interesting story emanates from the upper chamber. For the first time in more than three years the Senate has said it will produce a budget through regular order.
So let’s get to the prediction. To make an educated guess, we look at votes the Senate has taken, in the absence of a budget proposal of their own, and the statements of incoming Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray since assuming her new role.
A Look Back
Voting records show that the only budget proposal in recent years to actually earn support in the Senate came from the House of Representatives. And to those who would assume theRead More »from What Should We Expect From the Next Senate Budget?