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The CBO Needs Four (4) More Staffers!

From the Politico:

CBO crumbles under health workload

By: Erika Lovley
March 17, 2010

The Democrats’ push to get health care reform passed through Congress is putting incredible strain on staff in the Congressional Budget Office — a stressor that may have contributed to the recent incorrect scoring of a draft House provision.

CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf told House Appropriations Legislative subcommittee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) that his staff has been working “100-hour weeks” and cannot keep up with the budgetary and economic impact queries lawmakers have about health care.

“Analysis of competing health care proposals absorbed a huge share of the agency’s resources, and CBO analysts in that area have worked flat out for more than a year,” Elmendorf said today. “…Considerable congressional interest in analysis of health care issues is likely to persist and …the almost round-the-clock schedule maintained this past year by CBO’s current staff cannot be maintained much longer.”

The CBO is under immense pressure from Congress to release the cost estimate of the reconciliation bill for the House legislation. Some lawmakers expect a vote over the weekend…

Wasserman Schultz said she was concerned that Elemendorf’s office had recently sent a scored legislative summary to a House office that later needed to be significantly amended.

Wasserman Schultz’s aides wouldn’t specify where the error occurred, but one aide said that the cost estimate differences were “significant.” …

Elmendorf said the error might have been partially due to a miscommunication between a House aide who received the information, which he said was only an initial projection on the complicated legislative issue.

Congress granted the CBO a supplemental $2 million appropriation in fiscal 2009 to beef up the office’s health care team and other staffing needs.

But in its FY 2011 budget proposal, Elmendorf said he is still looking for funds to add an additional four employees, bringing their number to 258.

The office expects to tackle roughly 600 formal cost estimates, hundreds of informal estimates, about 100 analytical reports and substantial congressional testimony requests in the coming year.

You see, if the CBO could only get the funds to add four (4) employees to their staff of 254, then there will be no problems. (The extra $2 million dollars the CBO got last year apparently wasn’t enough to allow them to hire these four additional wizards.)

Somehow we are reminded of the old proverbial rhyme:

For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a nail.

The CBO’s staffing issues aside, this is an obvious attempt by our media masters to blame any delays in the House vote on ‘reconciliation’ on the CBO.

But, after all, what exactly is the rush here?

Does the Democrat leadership really believe they will lose votes if their members talk to their constituents over the Easter recess?

Do they think their House members are so out of touch that they already realize how unpopular this ‘healthcare reform’ cram down is back home?

All they need to do is pick up their telephones.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, March 18th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “The CBO Needs Four (4) More Staffers!”

  1. swee says:

    If they’re working 100-hour weeks, can we trust the CBO estimates? I mean they’re likely rife with errors…no one can work those kinds of hours mistake-free.

  2. canary says:

    I think it’s a deliberate move to claim non-intent for their involvement in the Obama’s Ponsi scheme. US vs Obama Hoods

  3. Right of the People says:

    Maybe the CBO isn’t advertising for the right people for the job. It seems to me if they advertised for fiction writers they could get a better response. Hell, I could make this stuff up without breaking a sweat.

  4. Liberals Demise says:

    What they really need are some Tarot Card readers or Sooth Sayers.
    How can you spend 1 minute over this shiite went you have “NO” idea what the hell is going on?
    DingleBarry said that when the Bill is passed, (he) we will know what’s in it.
    Don’t you think he ‘should’ know what’s in it?

    We are truly in deep kimshi if this gets past “GO”.

    • JohnMG says:

      As far as I’m concerned the initials cann remain the same, but they should stand for the “Congressional Bullshit Office”.

      Notice how that just rolls off the tongue.

    • MinnesotaRush says:

      I LIKE it, John!!! It’s going into the Suggestion Box!

  5. BigOil says:

    Stealing the liberty from 300 million people is hard work.

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