Congress: A Massive Mouse

A Massive Mouse

"God bless ye, weary gentlemen," intoned Senate Majority Leader Robert Byrd in a nearly empty Senate chamber at 4:15 a.m. one day last week. Across the Capitol, in the more festive House, Massachusetts Republican Silvio Conte urged merrily, "On Whitten, on Natcher, on Michel and Wright; On Conte, on Foley, let's finish tonight."

Ho, ho, ho! With that bit of self-congratulatory humbug, Congress completed work on a budget that should have been finished three months earlier. For the second straight year, the legislators tossed all 13 appropriations bills into a massive single "continuing resolution" without which the Government would clank to...

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