More on Budget
Rep. Reid Ribble has drafted legislation he says could break the stalemate between Congress and the White House over $85 billion in automatic budget cuts that are set to take effect on Friday.
Fair or not, the president owns this mess. What can he do about it? For starters, he could read this op-ed piece published two months ago in a Midwestern newspaper. With a few tweaks, Obama could make it a presidential address. The author, whose identity I will disclose later, laid out a case for the then-looming “fiscal cliff.” It is still applicable, even powerful.
To pass a budget and earn their paychecks, your elected representatives will have no choice but to reach across the aisle, strive for compromise and consensus and ultimately come together in ways we haven’t for a very long time. In this context, the measure is as much about straightening our national politics as it is about straightening our national pocketbook.
Ribble has shown that he is exploring different avenues to get beyond the partisan bickering in Congress. He is a founding member of Problem Solvers with the bipartisan group No Labels, which aims to move politics toward problem-solving and find some common ground.