November 12, 2007 By Don Wolfensberger,Roll Call Contributing Writer
Congress passed its first budget in four years, but the twisted path it took to get there would baffle a Martian.
Are Members of Congress ignoring their responsibilities to preserve and protect the institution's dignity and character, and does this portend a danger for our representative democracy?
Hopeful budget watchers predicted that Congress would have fairly smooth fiscal sailing now that statutory spending caps are in place. That obviously underestimates the ability of Members to whip up their own squalls.