It’s no secret that most in Congress have been particularly bad on spending votes of late. Now with historic deficits and rising debt, Senate leadership is turning attention to an area of spending that rarely gets a vote: Mandatory spending.
Speaking Tuesday to Bloomberg News about rising deficits, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said:
“It’s disappointing, but it’s not a Republican problem,” McConnell said… when asked about the rising deficits and debt. “It’s a bipartisan problem: unwillingness to address the real drivers of the debt by doing anything to adjust those programs to the demographics of America in the future.”
McConnell, of course, is correct — to an extent. Mandatory spending remains the biggest single driver of debt and deficits, and no plan that ignores it will solve the issue. But with historically high spending in nearly every other area of discretionary spending too, it is impossible to be serious about spending reform while ignoring trillion-dollar budget dysfunction.
We hope that Congressional leaders will address both in moving forward.
Note: This post was originally published at the Institute for Spending Reform.