For all the publicity that goes to earmarks and other spending gimmicks, the U.S. House’s passage of a one-year budget resolution rather than the normal five-year blueprint "was a far worse dereliction of duty," columnist David Broder wrote. House Democratic leaders used the ongoing work of the debt-reduction commission as justification for not approving a multiyear fiscal plan. But Broder said it was a cynical maneuver that could undermine the commission's efforts. "Of all the times for Congress to abandon its responsibility for long-term fiscal planning, this is the worst," Broder wrote.
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