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McCain Defense Amendment Proposes to Breach Bipartisan Budget Deal

June 8, 2016

The Senate will shortly consider an amendment by Senator John McCain to the annual defense authorization bill that would authorize adding about $18 billion to defense funding, using the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) account as his mechanism.  Doing so would exceed the defense level of last year’s Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA) and violate the “parity” principle that the President and...

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House Appropriators’ Gimmick Would Boost Defense

May 17, 2016

The House Appropriations Committee is considering today a 2017 defense appropriations bill that would take a big step towards boosting defense spending above the limit in last year’s bipartisan budget agreement.

To do so, the bill shifts almost $16 billion to the core defense budget from overseas contingency operations (OCO) funds, creating an OCO hole that a supplemental appropriations...

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House Bill Seeks Backdoor Effort to Boost Defense

April 27, 2016

The 2017 defense authorization bill would shift $18 billion from overseas contingency operations (OCO) to the core defense budget, starting a two-step process that would breach the defense funding limits of last year’s Bipartisan Budget Act.

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House Budget Would Keep Slashing at Non-Defense Programs

April 4, 2016

As part of ongoing Republican efforts to balance the budget by spending cuts alone (and only in non-defense programs), the House budget would impose huge new cuts to non-defense discretionary spending after 2017 — cuts that would take that spending category far below even the historically low levels set by the 2011 Budget Control Act (BCA), as further reduced by sequestration.

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House Budget Plan Cuts Non-Defense Appropriations Sharply After 2017

House Budget Uses Gimmick for More Defense Funding

March 18, 2016

The House Republican budget calls for considerably more defense funding than last year’s budget agreement allows, funneling extra funds through “overseas contingency operations” (OCO) in a classic gimmick.  This move, however, threatens more painful cuts in non-defense appropriations for 2017. 

First, some background.  Last year’s agreement included $74 billion in 2017 for OCO, which is...

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House Bill Would Blow Hole in CDC Budget

March 14, 2016

The House Energy and Commerce Committee begins considering spending-cut legislation today that would, among other things, abolish health reform’s Prevention and Public Health (PPH) Fund.  Critics ...

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Non-Defense Appropriations Falling Even Without Proposed New Cuts

March 1, 2016

Some conservatives are urging the House to cut $30 billion more from non-defense appropriations next year in an upcoming budget resolution.  As we’ve explained, their justification — that policymakers didn’t pay for the...

Non-Defense Discretionary Spending Falling to Historic Lows

Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education May Get Short Shrift

December 1, 2015

The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education will reportedly receive a disproportionately small share of the recent White House-congressional budget deal’s boost in overall non-defense funding — even though they include many high-...

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The Spurious Rationale for Killing the Public Health Fund

October 13, 2015

The reconciliation bill before the House would abolish health reform’s Prevention and Public Health (PPH) Fund because, as Health Subcommittee Chairman Joe Pitts...

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Tight Funding Caps Leave Too Little for Biodefense

September 30, 2015

The pending House and Senate 2016 appropriations bills fall far short of what the Administration says it needs for two programs funding the development and production of drugs, vaccines, and other items to respond to biological, chemical, or nuclear terrorism.  That’s due to tight annual caps on appropriations spending under the 2011 Budget Control Act (BCA) and the sequestration cuts that...

E Pluribis Unum Budget

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