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A Lame-Duck Budget?

I don’t think this idea, floated by House majority leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.), makes sense.

Let’s say Republicans win the Senate. Everyone will assume they’re likely to control Congress for only two years, given the number of vulnerable Republican Senate seats up in 2016. McCarthy will be asking Republicans to give up some of their control over the budget in that period by working with a Democratic Senate that’s on its way out.

Does that sound like something that conservatives in Congress will meekly accept?

Ramesh Ponnuru — Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg View, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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