Blizzard Whiteout Buries Issue of Red Ink
from Roll Call
One of the blizzard's most important, if unintended, effects was keeping the federal budget deficit buried as a 2016 campaign issue. The return of a rising tide of red ink has been almost entirely overlooked by both parties' candidates in the presidential race and the relatively few competitive contests for Congress. There was a chance that would change this week, when the head of the Congressional Budget Office was supposed to describe his very sobering assessment of the fiscal future in appearances before both congressional budget committees. Instead, after the snowstorm, his Tuesday testimony in the Senate and then Wednesday's in the House were postponed indefinitely.
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