Republicans will need to learn from past mistakes to adopt a winning appropriations strategy

Make Congress Work — Sunday, April 29, 2018

CPI’s Senior Director of Policy, Rachel Bovard, recently wrote in The Hill on how Republicans can fix the broken budget process and pass a budget with conservative policy victories:

GOP leadership is already writing their end-of-the-year spending bill. If conservatives want to have a say in this process, they should demand that the bill is brought to the floor now, before August, so it can be considered in the light of day. Amendments can be offered. Members can read and consider the text. And if not? The Senate should not adjourn for their month-long break.

Moreover, the GOP should learn from their mistakes of several months ago, and actually write this bill with GOP priorities in mind. The bill should defund Planned Parenthood, cut funding to sanctuary cities and provide meaningful funding for the president’s border wall, among other issues.

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting a different result. Conservatives should reject the fiction that 12 individual spending bills will be completed this year, or that their leadership will not have the audacity to repeat their terrible strategy. They will.

As the old boxing adage goes, when you know the punch is coming, lean into it. You have a much greater chance of surviving the impact when you respond in advance to what you know is coming.