The now typical end-of-year battle for funding in Washington is in full swing. With a September 30 deadline, discussions around Capitol Hill seemed to indicate that the Senate would go first. A procedural vote on the spending deal is set for this evening a few hours after the Senate gavels back in. What could go wrong? For starters, there is still no bill text. No one has seen the bill, yet the Senate is still expecting to vote on it in a few hours. The absurdity might be funny if it weren’t so serious. We’re talking about funding for the entire federal government. Another question the taxpayer might be asking is, why? A continuing resolution seems pretty simple. It is supposed to work just the way it sounds, the whole federal government continues on exactly as it has been all year, just change the dates on when spending runs out, right? Why would that take so long? Clearly, there is something more nefarious going on.
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