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  • A Tale of Two Bills: The Labor-HHS-Education and Defense Appropriations Bills
    Richard Kogan
    Revised November 16, 2007

    President Bush has said he will veto the appropriations bill that funds the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education for the coming fiscal year, while he plans to sign the bill funding the Department of Defense. The Administration says the funding Congress provides in the Labor-HHS-Education bill is …
  • Labor-HHS-Education Bill – What’s at Stake
    James R. Horney and Martha Coven
    Revised November 16, 2007

    Congress is poised to send the President a bill that provides funding for a broad array of domestic discretionary programs — that is, non-entitlement programs whose funding is provided each year through the annual appropriations process.  The Senate on November 7 approved a bill (H.R. 3043) that includes funding for programs …
  • The President’s Misleading Attack on Congress’s Appropriations Plan
    Richard Kogan
    November 14, 2007

    In vetoing the appropriations bill funding the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, the President charged yesterday that Congress plans an irresponsible increase of $205 billion over the next five years in domestic discretionary spending (spending on domestic programs funded through the appropriations process) over the …
  • Statement: Robert Greenstein on the President's Veto of the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Bill
    Robert Greenstein
    November 13, 2007

    We find it stunning for the President to reject a $5 billion increase for education, medical research and other priorities as unaffordable, while insisting that Congress finance the $51 billion cost of AMT relief through higher deficits instead of by closing tax loopholes exploited by multi-millionaires.  The President’s action …
  • The House Has Complied This Year With Its New “Pay-As-You-Go” Rule: But Greater Challenges Lie Ahead
    By James R. Horney and Richard Kogan [1]
    November 7, 2007

    In early January, the House of Representatives established a Pay-As-You-Go rule.  The rule prohibits the House from considering any tax or entitlement legislation that would increase projected deficits over the coming ten-year period.  Proposed entitlement increases must be fully offset, or “paid for,” by reductions in …
  • The Labor – H.H.S. – Education Veto in Context
    Richard Kogan
    October 24, 2007

    President Bush has said he will veto the appropriations bill that funds the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education for the coming fiscal year if Congress sends the bill to him with funding at the level either the House or Senate has approved.[i]  The Administration says the funding provided in the House- and …
  • President’s Attack on Congressional Appropriations Plan is Misleading
    September 24, 2007

    In the escalating battle over the domestic appropriations bills for fiscal year 2008, the President and senior Administration officials have charged that congressional Democrats plan an irresponsible increase of $205 billion over the next five years in discretionary spending (i.e., spending on programs funded through the appropriations process).  Yet this claim — which the President repeated in …
  • The 2008 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Bill
    Richard Kogan [note]
    July 18, 2007

    The Bush Administration has threatened to veto almost all appropriations bills that provide more funding than the President has requested, such as the bill funding the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education for fiscal year 2008, which starts October 1.  The President has described congressional appropriations plans as …
  • The Fight Over Appropriations: Myths and Reality
    Richard Kogan
    June 21, 2007

    The House and Senate appropriations committees recently established funding levels for each of the 12 appropriations bills for fiscal year 2008, and have begun producing bills that meet these targets.[1]  The Administration has charged that these funding levels represent large, fiscally irresponsible increases in federal spending that would threaten fiscal stability and the economy.  It has …
  • The Congressional Budget Plan
    James R. Horney and Richard Kogan, and Matt Fiedler
    Revised May 29, 2007

    On May 16, House and Senate negotiators reached agreement on a Congressional budget plan for fiscal year 2008 (S Con Res 21). Both the House and the Senate passed the conference report (S Rpt 110-153) the next day, and the report has now gone into effect as the approved fiscal year 2008 budget plan. This paper provides a brief overview of the conference …
  • Discretionary Funding Under the New Congressional Budget Plan
    Richard Kogan
    May 16, 2007

    On May 11, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget sent a letter to Congress on behalf of the Bush Administration, threatening to veto any 2008 appropriations legislation that exceeds the levels requested by President Bush.  As apparent justification for the threat, the OMB letter charged that the congressional budget plans approved by the Senate …
  • Ryan Budget Plan Would Increase Deficits, Exacerbate Inequality
    Richard Kogan
    March 29, 2007

    When the House of Representatives debates the congressional budget plan for fiscal year 2008, Rep. Paul Ryan, the Ranking Republican Member of the House Budget Committee, will offer a substitute for the budget plan that the Budget Committee approved on March 23, 2007.[1]  This analysis focuses on four aspects of the Ryan substitute. The tax and entitlement policies in the substitute …
  • The House Budget Committee's Budget Plan
    James R. Horney and Richard Kogan
    Revised March 22, 2007

    The House Budget Committee voted early this morning along party lines to approve a budget plan that the full House is scheduled to consider next week.  This budget, which is very similar to the one approved by the Senate Budget Committee last week, marks an important first step in restoring fiscal responsibility in Congressional budgeting. [1] Restoring …
  • The Senate Budget Committee's Budget Plan
    James R. Horney
    Revised March 19, 2007

    The Senate is scheduled during the week of March 19 to consider a budget plan that the Senate Budget Committee adopted March 15 on a party-line vote.  This budget marks an important first step in restoring fiscal responsibility in Congressional budgeting. Restoring Pay-As-You-Go The budget plan — known as a budget resolution — is notable for …
  • How Should Policymakers Treat The Budget For Non-Defense "Discretionary" Programs?
    Robert Greenstein, Richard Kogan and Matt Fiedler
    March 13, 2007

    As Congress prepares a budget resolution that will (among other things) set funding limits for discretionary programs for fiscal year 2008, it is appropriate to examine funding trends for these programs in the context of the nation’s overall budgetary situation.  Discretionary programs include defense and homeland security spending, international affairs programs, and domestic programs …
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