Fiscal Stalemate Will Drag on into 2013, Analyst Forecasts

March 8, 2012

Longtime federal budget expert Stan Collender on Thursday predicted Congress will not pass any budget blueprints or spending bills before the fiscal year ends Sept. 30, and "the mother of all lame-duck sessions" in December will probably end with further delays on such key issues as the fate of the George W. Bush tax cuts, sequestration, and tax and entitlement reform.

It will be "one of the biggest messes you can have in government," Collender, a budget consultant and writer and now a partner with Qorvis Communications, told an audience of information technology contractors assembled by Washington Technology magazine and the trade group TechAmerica. "The leadership hates lame-duck sessions because it's impossible to discipline members who've lost and who may have already cleared out their desks."

Collender said he can't predict which political party will control which chamber after the elections, but polls show as many as 55 percent of voters are fed up with incumbents, which could result in the defeat of as many as 115 House members. 

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