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David Price: The End of Appropriations?

In an opinion piece written for Politico, senior budget writer Rep. David Price of Chapel Hill asks whether the budget process works any more.

As Congress refocuses its attention on the looming fiscal battles, with both sides steeling for a fight over the debt limit and a potential government shutdown, a development with greater implications for our nation’s future is unfolding with far less notice. The appropriations process — that hallmark of Congress’s constitutional authority and wellspring of our power to conduct oversight and set national priorities — is on life support and in danger of total collapse.

With just four legislative days left before the end of the fiscal year, not one of the 12 funding bills required to keep the government open has been enacted into law. House Republicans have struggled to pass even a continuing resolution to keep the government running for a few weeks while appeasing their red-meat conservatives.

Lagging in the political money race

Members of the state's Congressional delegation have drawn notice this week for not raising much campaign money.

"North Carolina Democrats," including U.S. Reps. Brad Miller, David Price, Larry Kissell, and Heath Shuler, were fifth on the National Journal's list of 10 House fundraising flops.

U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers was mentioned in a Politico piece about GOP freshmen's lackluster fund raising.

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