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Igel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-10 02:47 PM
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33. Here's my guess.
Congress committed to pay-go. This means that bills had to be in line with the budget resolution (such as it was) or, if they constituted increased spending they had to be "paid for" by some other budget reductions or a revenue increase or a combination of the two.

There's an exception to this: Emergency spending.

If you know 6 months in advance that you'll need to extend unemployment benefits and act like you know by doing something silly like submitting a bill to that effect you have pay-go to deal with.

If you suddenly realize a few weeks in advance that you need to extend unemployment benefits, then you don't need to sweat pay-go. You can still maintain your illusion that you would never, ever do anything to increase the deficit. Even as you add $50 or $200 billion to the deficit.

That's my hunch. Other, more cynical views are that they were too busy with far, far more important things like trying to win elections, debating other bills and measures and resolutions, etc. Or that there was no way to reach this compromise--or even a better compromise--months ago given the diversity of opinion in the House and Senate.
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