“Compromise” seems to be a dirty word lately.
We’ve become SO polarized that meeting in the middle just doesn’t seem feasible anymore.
But what we must ALL remember, is that without compromise, it’s very, VERY difficult to move forward.
AND WE MUST MOVE FORWARD.
The Trump administration along with congressional leaders, including Democrats, have reached a critical debt and budget agreement that virtually eliminates the risk of another government shutdown at the end of the year.
But YES, it is a COMPROMISE… so no one is happy.
According to Fox News:
The deal announced Monday evening, which requires congressional approval, would increase spending caps by $320 billion relative to the limits prescribed in the 2011 Budget Control Act, whose spending-control provisions have been repeatedly waived since 2014. It also would suspend the debt ceiling and permit more government borrowing until July 31, 2021 — after the next presidential election.
The compromise reportedly outraged Democrat Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, the ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, who noted the bill would not block Trump from spending money on his proposed border wall.
“I’m worried the House is willing to give him far too much discretion to take money and move it anywhere he wants including a wall,” Leahy, D-Vt., told The Washington Post. “So the way it is now I will not vote for it. . . . The other 99 can vote for it, I won’t.”
“President Trump still gets to be the President! WAHHH!”
However, in a statement, Leahy later said he would “support the bill” because it “will raise the debt limit for the next two years and stave off economic catastrophe” and reverse “unsustainable cuts in non-defense discretionary spending.”
Leahy added, “I understand there is a statement of principles between congressional leaders and the White House, and I have many concerns with its content.”
Of course you do, Leahy. Trump’s invovled. That’s your concern.
In the end, domestic programs would on average receive 4-percent increases in the first year of the pact, with much of those gains eaten up by veterans increases and an unavoidable surge for the U.S. Census. Defense would jump to $738 billion next year, a 3-percent hike.
President Trump would retain flexibility to transfer money between accounts, raising the possibility of attempted transfers for building border barriers.
Conservatives, however, also have their reservations, for very, VERY different reasons:
In response, North Carolina GOP Rep. Mark Walker tweeted out a picture of the Joker lighting a pile of money on fire, from the 2008 “Batman” film “The Dark Knight.” (“All you care about is money,” the Joker laments to a hardened career criminal as the money burns. “This town deserves a better class of criminal. And I’m going to give it to them.”)
Budget deal. pic.twitter.com/PHa754iGRJ
— Rep. Mark Walker (@RepMarkWalker) July 22, 2019
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a Republican, called the deal a “huge mistake” because it gets rid of automatic spending cuts.
“It scraps the sequester, which is a huge mistake,” Paul told Fox News. “It would be a huge mistake if the Republican leadership agrees to this.”
Would you expect any different from Rand? Probably not.
But another Rep sems to think they were kind of BS to begin with:
But Georgia Republican Sen. David Perdue told Fox News that the sequestration spending caps “never fulfilled their mission,” in part because Congress regularly waived them.
“I would blow them up,” Perdue said. “Mandatory spending has blown through the roof.”
Texas Republican Rep. John Cornyn told Fox News, “I wish we could address debt and deficit reduction. But it’s not going to happen on this deal.”
Despite the mixed reaction, President Trump seemed eagers about the deal:
“I am pleased to announce that a deal has been struck with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy – on a two-year Budget and Debt Ceiling, with no poison pills,” Trump tweeted.
….This was a real compromise in order to give another big victory to our Great Military and Vets!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 22, 2019