Veronique de Rugy on the Congress That Cried Wolf

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Credit: Gage Skikmore

The newly dominant GOP swept into Washington after November muttering promises about fiscal discipline. But the last time Republicans controlled Congress, they utterly failed to rein in their profligate ways. Their favorite trick: passing large supplemental spending bills and labeling routine funding as "emergency." This time, writes Veronique de Rugy, lawmakers must stop abusing the emergency-spending loophole.

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