The Annual, Depressing ‘Do Your Job Week’ in Congress

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Members of congress present government spending deal

In this week’s The Reason Roundtable, editors Matt Welch, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, and Nick Gillespie discuss the depressing end-of-year omnibus government spending deal.

0:21: A massive year-end spending bill

20:10: The $858 billion National Defense Authorization Act

33:59: Notable legislative areas NOT being addressed this week

49:17: This week’s cultural recommendations

Mentioned in this podcast:

Biden Is Set To Sign $858 Billion Pentagon Budget—One of the Biggest Ever,” by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

Here’s Why Biden Is Wrong About the Deficit,” by Veronique de Rugy

November’s $249 Billion Federal Budget Deficit Set a Record. Now, Congress Is Preparing To Spend Even More.” by Eric Boehm

Chuck Schumer Scrambles To Save the Marijuana Banking Bill He Blocked Last Year,” by Jacob Sullum

Rand Paul Goes Hawkish, Proposes Massive Defense Increases, Becomes Less Interesting,” by Nick Gillespie

Hot August Fright: The Month Republicans Lost Their Minds Over Immigration,” by Matt Welch

James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water Is a Can-You-Believe-It Spectacle That Looks to the Future,” by Peter Suderman

Bernie Sanders Abandons Plan To Force Vote on Yemen War,” by Fiona Harrigan

Send your questions to [email protected]. Be sure to include your social media handle and the correct pronunciation of your name.

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Audio production by Ian Keyser

Assistant production by Hunt Beaty

Music: “Angeline,” by The Brothers Steve

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