There is no rule that says Congress can’t do more this year. But the $1.3 trillion spending bill is probably lawmakers’ last major achievement as they observe what has become a tradition in these hyperpartisan times, settling into gridlock and girding themselves for the midterm elections. …https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/other/the-weird-and-wonderful-products-using-trumps-name/2018/02/20/bb13f3f4-1675-11e8-930c-45838ad0d77a_video.htmlThe political question going forward is whether this spending will help Republicans in the fall as they face an angry electorate. The projects are the sorts that might help with middle-of-the-road voters who want the government to function.But the conservative base has spent more than a decade railing against big government spending. While Trump begrudgingly signed the legislation, citing the needed military spending, he voiced deep reservations about some of the soaring agency funding.If those right-wing activists sit out the election, Republicans could be in deep trouble.
April 3, 2018 at 8:15 AM EDT