Congress appears to be cooking up a rather unappetizing recipe this holiday season: Take a lame duck Congress, pepper the budget with unpaid for policies, and stuff with increased debt.
All Americans know that the national debt is big and most recognize that it will grow even bigger over time. But many are less clear on the specifics regarding why the debt is on course for record levels and how that will directly impact them. Fortunately, citizen-leaders across the country are filling in the blanks.
Congress is trying to wrap up its work for this year in a Lame Duck session and plan for next year. Lawmakers will have to contend with several fiscal speed bumps along the way. Each of these incidents will be an opportunity to either improve upon our fiscal situation, or make things even worse.
Congress returned to Washington today to close out the work of the outgoing 113th Congress. What gets done (or not) in the next few weeks will set the stage for the next Congress.
Election Day 2014 is behind us and voters sent a strong message that they want to see real action from Washington on the critical issues facing the country. So, will policymakers listen?