A Doh on Both Houses

The budget bill Bush just signed is just about as valuable (and about the same size) as last Sunday’s newspaper. As everyone outside the beltway knows, the House and the Senate have to pass the same version of the bill. Here is how Yahoo reports what the knuckleheads inside the beltway did:

A Senate aide said that a clerical error written into the bill as it bounced between the House and Senate resulted in the two chambers passing slightly different versions.

Perhaps this will wake our elected morons up about another potential application of the line-item veto. Props (once again) to Fark.

On a related note, Stephen Van Dyke just IMed me and asked: “Did they finally realize they can’t spend money that isn’t borrowed yet?”

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  1. The President’s Budget: A Preliminary Analysis
    Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, February 6, 2006

    “A standard part of the President’s budget each year is a summary table that shows the impact of the Administration’s proposed policies on the deficit. (See Table S-12 on page 364 of last year’s budget.) This year, however, the administration has eliminated the that table from its budget publications, presumably to deflect attention from the deficit-increasing impact of its proposals … The budget fails to provide numbers for revenues, expenditures, and deficits for years after fiscal year 2011, an omission that masks the budget’s large effect in swelling long-term deficits.”