A Short-Term CR Was Inevitable
This article by Carl Hulse from Saturday's New York Times makes it sound as if the GOP refusal to agree to a full-year omnibus appropriation for 2011 during the lame duck session was a surprise.
It was a good story, but it was anything but news.
As soon as Republicans took control of the House and increased the size of their majority in the Senate in this year's election, it was virtually certain that they would do everything possible to prevent any type of full funding for the rest of fiscal 2011 from being enacted before January. Regardless of whether it was a continuing resolution that lasted through the end of the fiscal year next September 30, 12 individual appropriations bills, or an omnibus appropriation, there was no scenario that would get the GOP congressional leadership to agree. Even if the proposed legislation cut spending to the level Republicans say they want next year, or if the funding bill included the earmarks for their states or districts they requested, the leadership was always likely to want to delay their decision until they were in control and could either do more or get credit for making it happen.