Budget Process

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Policy Basics

The budget process includes the President's budget proposal, Congress’ “budget resolution,” the “reconciliation” process to change tax or entitlement laws, and deficit-control measures such as spending caps, pay-as-you-go requirements, and sequestration.

We monitor the budget process and work to prevent harmful changes to it, such as requirements to balance the budget every year or arbitrary limits on total or low-income spending.


2018 Funding Without a Map

The House Appropriations Committee has begun to consider its 12 appropriations bills to fund the government in fiscal year 2018, but without first unveiling or approving a plan to allocate total...

Don’t Legislate in the Dark; Do a Real Budget

Congressional Republicans’ expected vote this week to approve a budget resolution — the first step in their plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — fails the test of sensible...

Five Key Points About Budget “Reconciliation”

Republican leaders indicate they’ll likely use a special legislative procedure called “reconciliation” to try to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and probably also to enact tax cuts and perhaps...