The year that promised a return to regular order is getting off to a highly irregular start.
Like a mantra, GOP leaders have repeatedly declared 2016 would be different. Lawmaking for the history books isn’t much in the offing, they conceded, but at least the legislative machinery will once again work as designed – in setting the budget, most of all. The leadership’s practical view has been the rank-and-file from both parties, and the institution of Congress itself, require that much respect now for there to be a chance real collaboration and comity would return sometime in the future.
The sincerity of this commitment has become highly suspect, however, now that top Republicans have scrapped the very first piece of the budgetary process under their control.