Christine Harbin Hanson

The omnibus appropriations bill that passed Congress in January is the pinnacle of the breakdown. Rolling 12 appropriations bills together in one massive package, called an omnibus, and fast-tracking it to the President's desk is hugely concerning because it doesn’t allow for close scrutiny of how taxpayer dollars are being spent. It prevents Congressional appropriators from combing through the budget and making tough decisions about budgeting and spending.

If the Washington were serious about getting America’s fiscal house in order, then they should return to regular order. Sticking to the budget deadlines they are legally required to follow is an important first step. We can’t rely on eleventh-hour, short-term continuing resolutions forever. American taxpayers deserve a regular and transparent budgeting process, so that they can see how their elected officials plan to spend their hard-earned tax dollars.


Christine Harbin Hanson

Christine Harbin Hanson is the federal affairs manager at Americans for Prosperity, a nationwide grassroots organization. Follow her on Twitter at @HarbinHanson.