Rep. Hensarling just showed up.
I’d like to echo Rep. Doolittle’s message. Relative to the challenges of a great nation, we have made some progress on the budget. Relative to the history of Congress and what is achievable for a small majority, I think we’ve achieved a lot. The battleship is finally turning in the right direction. For 2 years running, we have had an “actual, honest-to-God cut” in non-defense discretionary spending. That’s not a huge slice of the pie, but it’s still an historical accomplishment. This is a very important achievement for House conservatives. However Medicare is growing at 9% a year, Medicaid 7.8%, Soc Sec, 5.5%.
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