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Every single dollar: Senate rejects puny spending cut

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June 24. 2018 10:45PM




It is said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

On the long, painful road to fiscal sanity, New Hampshire’s Democratic congressional delegation isn’t just refusing to take that step. It is sprinting in the other direction.

Last week, the U.S. Senate took up a rescissions package that would have clawed back a paltry $15 billion from the massive $1.3 trillion spending bill approved in March. The savings would come from dormant or expired accounts. The money is sitting around, unspent, not doing anybody any good. And still the Senate could not muster the political will to cut spending.

New Hampshire Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan joined all of their Democratic colleagues, and Republicans Susan Collins and Richard Burr, in rejecting this symbolic, practically trivial, spending cut.

If they can’t vote to get rid of programs that aren’t even active anymore, there’s no way they could tackle the federal government’s impending fiscal collapse.

Meanwhile, in the House, Rep. Ann Kuster condemned a House Republican budget proposal that would slightly slow the growth of future entitlement spending as “heartless and reckless”. It is heartless and reckless to let Medicare plunge into bankruptcy, dragging the rest of the federal budget with it.


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