Can and will the GOP govern wisely. Past performance suggests not, but compromise on the 2015 budget offers hope.
- Clean water laws would be weakened for agricultural runoff.
- At least temporarily, truckers would be able to work as many as 82 hours a week.
- Manufacturers could continue to use lead in ammunition.
- Some underfunded pension plans could cut benefits.
- The Internal Revenue Service would get 12 percent below the administration’s request hindering enforcement of tax laws.
- A financial regulation, part of a package of reforms for Wall Street banks, would be repealed.
- Private donors could give more to national parties to help fund conventions, building funds and legal proceedings, such as recounts.
- Rules for taxing and regulating marijuana in the District of Columbia would not be funded.
- The Bureau of Engraving and Printing could spend no money to redesign the $1 bill.
The budget proposal does little to address the nation’s pressing problems. However it does fund the government for a year. Democrats and Republicans did compromise to get necessary legislation done, which bodes well for the future.
© William Hungerford – December 2014