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The open amendment process that House Republicans used to create their 2011 budget bill had its benefits. For example, it allowed a bipartisan group of rank-and-file Reps. to stand against party leadership and strip out funding for a costly alternative engine program for a fighter jet that the Air Force itself says is unnecessary. On the other hand, it gave members who were looking to fulfill promises to powerful political interests a platform to do so. The policy riders that were added to the budget bill are keeping Congress bogged down with stopgap funding to keep the government from shutting down and preventing them from engaging in serious negotiations over funding levels for the rest of the year. That in turns means there's no time to work on other important issues, like job creation and long-term debt reduction.

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Obama Budget Takes on Oil, Hedge Fund Subsidies

February 1, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

President Obama's 2011 budget proposes repealing two corporate subsidies that the Democrats in Congress have been trying to get rid of for years. Will Congress have the will this year to stand up to these powerful industries and enact Obama's proposals?

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