The Debate Over Infrastructure Funding Gimmicks Is Exactly What’s Wrong With Washington

The Debate Over Infrastructure Funding Gimmicks Is Exactly What’s Wrong With Washington


After a conservative backlash, Republican senators negotiating an infrastructure bill have objected to an increase in funding and authority for the IRS. In lieu of additional revenue obtained from auditing taxpayers, how do lawmakers now propose to fund increased federal spending allegedly on roads and bridges? Through a budget gimmick.

In short, Congress now wants to repeal a rule that 1) hasn’t gone into effect and 2) likely won’t ever go into effect, so it can take the phony “savings” associated with repealing something that won’t happen anyway and use it to “pay for” real increases in spending.

You read that right. If you had any doubt that Washington has a problem with spending discipline, read below for further details.

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What is Congress proposing?

Lawmakers are looking to repeal a rebate rule promulgated by the Trump administration two weeks after last November’s election. The rule (summary available here) would prohibit drug companies from paying rebates to pharmaceutical benefit managers

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