The year 2018 is a remarkable time in Washington. No one, and that means not a single person, knows what the president will say in any given 24-hour period. Congressional leaders are learning how to operate in this new environment. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) demonstrated this skill when passing a government budget on Feb. 9. This bill flies in the face of the recently released administration FY 2019 budget, raises the debt ceiling through March, 2019, and provides hundreds of billions of dollars of additional defense and non-defense spending over two years. This ended up being a bipartisan effort with the White House in a supportive, not leading, role.
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