"federal budget"

Fiscal Year 2014 Appropriations

July 29, 2013

By the end of each fiscal year (Sept. 30), the U.S. Congress is required to pass spending bills for the next fiscal year. If it fails, Congress must either pass a continuing resolution or the federal government will shut down

No Smart Way? The Tweezer Approach

May 1, 2013

Whether they’re using a meat clever, a scalpel or a set of tweezers, the administration seems to get woozy even when the operation calls to cut just three cents on the dollar.


March 22, 2013

It’s been four years, but hats off to the Senate for finally considering a budget. Earlier this week, we explained the complicated budget vote-a-rama process, which is expected to begin around 3:00 p.m. EST today.

What Is On The Table?

May 22, 2012

If you believe the national debt and the federal budget deficit are urgent priorities, then last’s week’s debate on the floor of the House of Representatives offered insight into why it’s so difficult to restrain government spending.

Huffington Post: Government Spending on Autopilot: Prepare for the Crash

April 4, 2012

A lesson for Congress- enough with the autopilot spending. Congress must take control of the federal budget process, which means taking responsibility for all spending programs to get the deficit under control. If Congress doesn’t start relearning how to fly, we all need to be prepared for a fiscal crash.

Gretchen Hamel: A Half-Measure, Like Obama’s Plan

March 30, 2012

There has never been a budget resolution that has been apolitical. Even when passed by Congress, these proposals are nonbinding, without the force of law. Instead, they simply spell out the priorities and agenda of a particular party or individual. This is true whether the Democratic Senate passes President Obama’s budget or the Republican House passes Paul Ryan’s budget resolution.