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874 bytes added, 18:23, 12 January 2013
/* Spending authority vs Backdoor spending authority */ response
::::::::You're right, I misspoke on the Continuing Appropriations Resolution (elsewhere called the Continuation Appropriations Act). That was the debt increase deal that set up the fiscal cliff. Continuing Appropriations don't set budget parameters, they payoff the debts the agencies run up out the backdoor ex post facto. This is near the core of the issue: Repubs want to use Appropriations to get a handle on some forms of spending ([[discretionary spending]]); Harry Reid & the Dems use Appropriations to plug leaks authorized by executive agencies through the backdoor. [[User:OscarO|OscarO]] 11:35, 12 January 2013 (EST)
:::::::::As to the comment, "spending levels were NOT based on "2011's continuing resolution" because the top line numbers were set in the Budget Control Act of 2011"; technically true, but in the Budget Control Act of 2011 which set up the sequester, the numbers ''were'' based up the previous CR. No major spending or revenue changes occurred in 2011. [[User:OscarO|OscarO]] 11:52, 12 January 2013 (EST)
::::::::::Everyone agrees that there is a US fiscal problem. We can improve the situation by CP providing accurate information. The Budget Control Act of 2011 set lower top line spending numbers and the sequestration. The act identified a specific set of budget cuts worth $1 trillion, and provided for sequestration which would cut an additional $1.2 trillion (over 10 years.) Your assumption about autopilot based on prior CRs in not correct. Also, all of these cuts deal with appropriated funds (discretionary spending). You are mistaken about "the agencies run up out the backdoor ex post facto." Agencies operating off of non-appropriate funds such as user fees in most cases do not drive up the national debt. However, "backdoor" is such a vague term that I am not certain which agencies you meant. Thanks, [[User:Wschact|Wschact]] 13:23, 12 January 2013 (EST)
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