The people’s business can wait…
(Politico) Congress is on the verge of giving itself a bump in its annual budget – even as local governments, families and businesses across the country are tightening their belts in the worst recession in decades.
Under a House-Senate conference measure, approved by the House last week and poised for passage in the Senate on Wednesday, spending for the legislative branch will increase 5.8 percent this year, boosting Capitol Hill’s annual budget to $4.7 billion.
By D.C. standards that nearly qualifies as belt tightening. The fact that is how Democrats are trying to spin it should let you know how far removed from reality they are.