Despite a national debt that has soared past $20 trillion and already-high spending, Congress recently agreed on a budget that will eliminate spending caps and add over $300 billion to the debt over the next two years. One reason for Congress’s profligate ways: an excessive amount of political backlash for any reform to how funding is allocated, even the smallest cuts.
It was recently announced that the Trump administration would be cutting back on budgets for some government functions, including the Biological Survey Unit - a tiny office with a budget of $1.6 million. This was described as “bureaucratic bloodletting” by the Washington Post.
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