Congressional bipartisanship shouldn’t lack fiscal responsibility

In Politics by Michael Rae

In previous decades, bipartisan congressional action was often associated with fiscal responsibility. But today references to the bipartisan ‘adults in the room’ too often mean the two major political parties have come to an agreement on unfunded federal spending increases that worsen the nation’s already dire debt and long-term fiscal trajectory.

My recent Reason Foundation analysis showed that the federal government had run budget deficits in 52 of the last 57 years, so any discussion about fiscal responsibility should be viewed in that context. But from the mid-1980s to the early 2010s, the perception of bipartisan policymaking frequently centered around reducing deficits through