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Christmas in October: Why Reagan Should Veto the Continuing Resolution

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Publication Date: September 1986

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Stephen Moore

Topic: Banking and finance (Public finance)

Keywords: Budget

Type: Report


Two weeks before President Reagan released his fiscal year 1987 budget, Congress derisively insisted that that document would be "dead on arrival." And throughout the past nine months of budget proceedings, Congress has completely ignored the White House budget. It is time for the White House to return the compliment. Seldom has the President been forced to play so limited a role in determining the final composition of congressional spending bills as has Reagan this year. The President should turn the tables on Congress by declaring its budget "dead on arrival," and vetoing it. With that single action, Ronald Reagan could reassert his proper leadership role in the budget process--to the benefit of taxpayers and lawmakers alike.