'We got gamed': Ryan's dream of budget reform goes poof

MSN | 11/29/2018 | By Sarah Ferris
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© Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images The creation of the Joint Select Committee was the brainchild of former House Budget chairman Paul Ryan after Congress experienced one of its most dysfunctional funding cycles of all time.

A special panel dreamed up by Speaker Paul Ryan to end the constant cycle of government shutdowns crashed and burned on Thursday.

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The special panel tasked with recommending budget fixes overwhelmingly rejected its own set of proposals, even after lawmakers admitted the package included only modest changes to the way Congress approves budgets and funds the government.

The failed vote follows months of amicable work toward a bipartisan deal. In recent weeks, however, partisan feuding divided the group as members from each side of the aisle began accusing the other party's leaders of dooming approval in the Senate.

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“We got gamed here,” said Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.), who, at one point, banged his fist on the table as he bemoaned the panel’s failure. “By leadership — House, Senate, Republican, Democrat.”

Perdue's long-time ally on budget issues, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), agreed: “On both sides, there is no interest in going forward in this Congress."

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The creation of the Joint Select Committee was the brainchild of former House Budget chairman Ryan after Congress experienced one of its most dysfunctional funding cycles of all time, with two government shutdowns, five continuing resolutions and a long-delayed budget deal.

While just seven of the group’s 16 members voted for the recommendations, only two said they opposed the actual bill.

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“Apparently we’re not willing to have the political will,” said Rep. Steve Womack (R-Ark.), who serves as both chairman of the House Budget Committee and co-chair of the reform panel.

Womack was among the seven members who voted in support of the recommendations, which are due Friday, as ordered by the...
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