I’m really interested in your thoughts.
Me personally, I kind of wish Trump would have kept a lower profile and quietly done what Chaffetz has proposed. I’m betting LIBs would pretty much have ignored the activity. Unfortunately Trump’s ardent base supporters might not have noticed and might have accused him of reneging on his promise.
Unfortunately now we seem to be between a rock and a hard spot. Both sides have dug in and I’m not sure how it will end.
Can the government spend money that has not been specifically authorized by Congress? In theory – no. In practice? Absolutely.
Each year the government spends hundreds of billions of dollars on things that are not specifically authorized by Congress. Both Democrats and Republicans have been complicit in this practice.