Congress is back and faces a long list of things and three weeks (and counting) to keep the government from shutting down. As always, TCS is here to call out the budget shenanigans. We cover the bogus revenue projections used to promote drilling in the Arctic, Congressional options for responding to the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian and other disasters, and look once again at efforts by the president to use money not from Mexico (and in this case, appropriated for other projects) to build something at the southern border: in this case, fencing that costs an average of $3900 per foot.
Here’s a list of the resources and analyses mentioned during the conversation.
TCS Report: Taxpayers Lose on Arctic Drilling
TCS OpEd in The Hill: Taxpayers lose on drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
TCS Analysis: Robbing Peter Pentagon to Pay for Paul the Wall
OpEd by TCS in The Bulwark: Trump is Trading Safe Schools for His Precious Wall, Which is Really a Fence