left in the dark

GOP budget woes leave lawmakers in the dark

Congress' budget process is reaching new levels of dysfunction as Republicans try to fund the government without knowing how much they can spend.

The federal budget process is so broken that lawmakers are now preparing to write spending bills without even knowing how much total cash they've got to play with.

It's a new level of dysfunction for Capitol Hill, and it undermines GOP leaders’ promises to return to "regular order," where spending measures are carefully considered and funding the federal government is a priority.

Without clear spending targets, federal agencies are left in the dark, with only a vague idea of how to plan their budgets. The uncertainty also could complicate plans by House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to avoid a government shutdown showdown in the fall.

“It’s a puzzling year. It’s going to be a very difficult year,” said Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), who oversees spending for energy and water programs.

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