Omnibus Bill Hot Dish

Remember the good old days when your mama would whip up a casserole using all the leftovers in the fridge? The legislators at the Minnesota Capitol use this type of “leftover” logic to create the omnibus, which contains bits and pieces of every bill drafted during the legislative session. The final result is usually a mystery.

An omnibus bill is a large bill that includes several different issues under one general topic such as education.  It’s usually an appropriations bill, contains many pages, and is often comprised of several individual bills or parts of bills.  Sometimes, our legislators can slip in a substantial change in legislation and present an omnibus bill as an all-or-nothing tactic.  These changes more than likely wouldn’t pass if they had to stand on their own.   Because of their large size and scope, omnibus bills limit opportunities for debate and scrutiny. This is what some at the Capitol call “sausage making.”

Just like the omnibus bill, my Omnibus Bill Hot Dish contains a little bit of everything except the sausage.  We will leave the sausage making for the experts at the Minnesota Capitol.

Omnibus bill hot dish

Set your oven temperature to 350 degrees. 

  • 1 pound lean ground beef (Being a conservative, I love to cut the fat!)
  • ¼ Cup chopped onion (I need something else to cry over besides taxes!)
  • 1 10 ½ oz. can of Cream of Tomato Soup
  • ¼ Cup sliced black olives
  • 1 ½ Cup water
  • 8 oz box of macaroni (cooked to desired firmness)
  • 2 ½ Cups frozen corn
  • 1 cup grated American cheese (This recipe isn’t politically correct!)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Brown hamburger then add onion and cook until golden brown. Add tomato soup, water and noodles cooked to taste. Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Add corn, olives and ½ of the cheese.  Pour into casserole dish sprayed with cooking spray.  Sprinkle the top with remaining cheese.  Bake for 45 minutes.

While enjoying your dinner, I suggest enjoying a glass of red wine. Imbibing is the only way to swallow the omnibus. Careful….don’t choke!

I know, you were expecting a photo of a casserole. The omnibus seldom gives us the results we expect.

Cartoon credit: STEVE SACK • STAR TRIBUNE

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