Robert Greenstein is the founder and president of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and an award-winning expert on the federal budget and a range of domestic policy issues including anti-poverty programs and tax and health care policy. At the US Department of Agriculture under President Carter, Greenstein directed the agency that operates federal food assistance programs and helped design the landmark Food Stamp Act of 1977. Under President Clinton he served on the Bipartisan Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform, and he headed the federal budget policy component of President Obama's transition team. Follow him on Twitter: @GreensteinCBPP.
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If the Senate rejects this gambit, the bipartisan process advocated by McCain and various governors and members of Congress of both parties could finally begin.