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View Diary: How will Obama avoid another debt ceiling fight with the House GOP? (79 comments)

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  •  Spending is up to Congress (0+ / 0-)

    Congress is responsible for approving all spending and revenue for the country - the President is required to enforce those regulations, but cannot unilaterally introduce new taxes nor spend money without authorization. He can refuse to sign bills sent to him by Congress, but that's about all his direct influence on spending.

    Congress, on the other hand, is in fact responsible for figuring out how to fund the government, and for making the numbers balance. If they decide not to give the Treasury the ability to cut checks, that isn't really the President's fault, since he can neither sign nor veto legislation that never reaches his desk.

    I realize that this is the Civics 101 version of reality, but I'd like to see the President start telling it like it is rather than buying into the notion that he's somehow holding up progress. If necessary, force Congress to pass a bill with unacceptable provisions and veto it as a means to highlight what the Republicans are trying to pull.

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