This just in: Congress votes to do its job


This just in: Congress votes to do its job

The deal Congress passed to avert default and fund the government for a few months also requires lawmakers to do what they, um, were elected to do: Sit down and negotiate over a budget.

What those negotiations — to be led by Senate Budget Chairman Patty Murray and House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan — can accomplish was not at all clear on Thursday.

Expectations for any large, long-range deal are decidedly low among budget experts and seasoned political analysts. And they’re not wildly optimistic that lawmakers will successfully deal with shorter-term budget decisions either.

“Because the deal does not address any of the underlying policy differences between the two parties, Washington will simply barrel toward a new set of deadlines no better prepared for compromise than it was this time around,” said Sean West, U.S. policy director for the Eurasia Group.

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