Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Clinton and Trump Seem To Forget Congress Controls the Purse Strings

Both Clinton and Trump have their tax plans. Hillary promises a $275 billion infrastructure spending program and higher taxes on the rich, along with debt-free college, universal pre-K, and paid family leave.

The only problem with these candidates' promises is that they seem to forget that Congress controls all budget issues.   If Hillary wins and the control of Congress remains with the Republicans, she won't get any of these things accomplished.  Similarly, Trump may also have difficulty dealing with a Republican Congress if his proposals are too radical, such as singling out Ford for moving a plant to Mexico.

The issue going forward is which of these two candidates can best work with Congress in order to truly get things done.   Personally, I don't think either would be successful unless, for some reason, Hillary is fortunate to have both Houses controlled by the Democrats. 

Reference:

How Congress Controls the Budget in Washington, DC: http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-congress-controls-the-budget-in-washington-dc.html


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