Ritz for Forbes: “Naughty Or Nice? Breaking Down Congress’s $1.9 Trillion Budget Deal”

The House of Representatives earlier this afternoon passed two bills to provide $1.4 trillion in funding for defense and non-defense spending programs that must be appropriated on an annual basis. As is often the case with must-pass legislation at the end of the year, these bills have become “Christmas trees” decorated with various policy riders and pet projects for members of both parties in Congress. What are the major provisions attached to this legislation that help add $500 billion to its price tag, and should they put Congress on the naughty or the nice list?


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