Let Congress Debate Spending Again

Threatening a shutdown, leaders coerced lawmakers to approve a $1.4 trillion appropriations bill.

Global View: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hopes to make religious freedom the centerpiece of American human-rights policy in order to protect Christians and others of faith around the world. Image: Erin Scott/Reuters

With the press and the political class focused on impeachment, Congress last week quietly passed a $1.4 trillion spending extravaganza, complete with half a trillion dollars in tax cuts and a bevy of favors for special interests—all without debate and without committee consideration, based on decisions made by the bill’s sponsors over a weekend.

The nation was informed, so to speak, late on the night of Monday, Dec. 16, when congressional leadership released the 2,313-page domestic spending package in which these tax cuts...