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    I could be wrong, but don't budget agreements set the parameters for appropriations?

    The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinions. James Russell Lowell

    by Serendipity on Tue Sep 24, 2013 at 11:24:45 AM PDT

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      The budget passed by the House and the budget passed by the Senate is reconciled and agreed on by both parties. That hasn't happened for YEARS.

      So that's when the House and Senate end up setting the spending bill by bill in the appropriations process. That's one of the reasons the Senate hasn't bothered with budgets in the last few years, instead they've gone straight to making changes in the appropriation bills the House has sent them.

      The Republicans have turned routine processes into battlegrounds -- we don't really have even a hope of a rational budget process anymore.

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