Funding Battle Could be Punted
A growing number of top lawmakers in both chambers are predicting they'll have to pass a stopgap spending bill this fall as partisan warfare over spending levels — and the Confederate flag — have plunged the appropriations process into gridlock. This was supposed to be the year of regular order — the year the new, GOP-controlled Congress would return Capitol Hill to the days when lawmakers actually scrutinized each spending bill, ensuring Uncle Sam was funding top priorities and minimizing government waste.
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