Republicans seem to have dropped their demands fir defunding Obamacare. First they shifted to a proposal to just delay it for a year and eliminate the meducal device tax. Now they’re hardly mentioning it at all. Instead, they just want negotiations on spending.
OK, we are dealing with the budget, so that’s not wholly unreasonable. But traditionally continuing resolutions have not been subject to negotiation about spending and taxes. Instead, they are what keeps the status quo going while negotiations about spending and taxes–about the budget–continue. So the Republican demand is not normal politics, but a change in the (informal) rules of the game.
But then it’s been a long time now since our budget politics was playing by the normal rules, because we’ve been operating by continuing resolution not as coverage for the gap between the end of the fiscal year and the completion of the next year’s budget–which has been common–but as a years-long means of funding the government through a years-long failure to budget.
So if the CR has become the de facto hudget process, is it surprising that they now want to use the CR as the battleground for negotiating budgets?