by Frank James
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The essence of the budget deal reached by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Rep Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is better understood by looking at what’s missing, rather than what’s included in it.
The agreement by the budget committee chairs is no grand bargain. It’s more like a mini-bargain. And all the missing elements are absent precisely because the yawning ideological rift between Washington Democrats and Republicans made it impossible to include those items and still have the votes to get to “yes” and avoid a government shutdown in mid-January.
In short, it’s the really hard stuff that didn’t make it into the agreement.
So what’s missing? Plenty. Here are some of the holes: Continue reading “6 Things Missing From The Budget Agreement”