After all that talk about the need for “fiscal responsibility,” even from the unlikeliest of Democrats, has it really come to this?
Earlier today, Sen. Dick Durbin (D., Ill.) said Senate Democrats have “some ideas” for a long-term continuing resolution that cuts spending and keeps the government running — in that order. He appears to have misspoken. Reuters reports:
Senate Democrats are preparing a spending bill that yields no ground to House Republicans who are seeking deep cuts in government spending, a Democratic aide said on Wednesday.
The spending bill would essentially keep government spending at its current level through the end of the fiscal year on September 30, factoring in $4 billion in noncontroversial cuts that were included in a temporary spending measure passed earlier in the day.
Take that, deficit!