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The GOP's budget gimmickry won't fix the deficit
The GOP's budget gimmickry won't fix the deficit

With Congress on spring break, many House and Senate Republicans will probably spend the next two weeks back home touting the resolutions they passed to "balance the budget" within 10 years. But the competing resolutions for fiscal 2016 won't do anything of the sort, no matter what lawmakers say. That's because Congress' annual budget resolution doesn't have the force of law, and so can't alter the entitlements and other mandatory programs that lie at the heart of the government's long-term fiscal problems. The two chambers' proposals do offer a broad statement about priorities and the role of government, and on that front they fail as well. ...

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