Byrd-Obey Approps Move Puzzles OMB, Lobbyists
By Emily Pierce and Kate Ackley
Roll Call Staff
Wednesday, Dec. 13; 2:45 pm
The announcement this week that the new Democratic Congress will eliminate all 2007 spending earmarks and instead pass a stopgap measure to keep the government funded for the entirety of this fiscal year has caused widespread confusion and anxiety, both within the Bush administration and on K Street, as lobbyists scramble to figure out how their clients will be affected.
What happened here was that the Republicans were planning to stick the Democrats with all of their spending bills and the idea was obviously that the Democrats would be too busy figuring out what to keep and what to chuck to make any real decisions as to how to make things more (Capital-D) Democratic.