Budget Politics Forcing Congress To Pick FavoritesFederal Budget
National Public Radio, by Alan Greenblatt
Call it the Whac-a-Mole approach to budgeting.
Congress restored budget flexibility so the FAA can keep air traffic controllers working, just days after their furloughs had started and flight delays began stacking up.
With spending cuts caused by sequestration rolling throughout the government, the question becomes which programs Congress might address next — and why.
“That’s the parlor game in Washington,” says Scott Lilly, a former staff director of the House Appropriations Committee. “There are dozens and dozens of candidates.” …Read more