Published March 9, 2022
Congress’s sweeping new omnibus appropriations bill is a typical Washington compromise — the surest way to get to yes is to give both sides the irresponsible spending they want.
Announced while most Americans were asleep — around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday — the 2,700-page, $1.5 trillion bill once again significantly raises domestic and military spending without providing a way to pay for it all.
Henry Olsen is a Washington Post columnist and a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.
Henry Olsen, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, studies and provides commentary on American politics. His work focuses on how America’s political order is being upended by populist challenges, from the left and the right. He also studies populism’s impact in other democracies in the developed world.