Committee for Responsible Federal Budget Estimates True Cost of Campaign Plans
Political News
Committee for Responsible Federal Budget Estimates True Cost of Campaign Plans
2020-10-12 14:33:43
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON -- The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, an independent non-profit organization, released its anticipated report on the estimated costs of both Trump’s and Biden’s campaign plans last week. Not surprisingly, they are very expensive plans.  Both candidates have... Read More

DRIVE LESS Act to Reduce Federal Spending on Government Vehicles Has Bipartisan Support
Federal Budget
DRIVE LESS Act to Reduce Federal Spending on Government Vehicles Has Bipartisan Support
2020-10-09 14:49:05
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON. – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., James Lankford, R-Okla., and Angus King, I-Maine, reintroduced their bipartisan legislation to save taxpayer dollars by reducing the federal funding available for the acquisition and leasing of new federal vehicles. The Domestic Reduction... Read More

Senate Votes to Advance Stopgap Spending Bill
Congress
Senate Votes to Advance Stopgap Spending Bill
2020-09-29 21:36:10
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Senate voted to advance a stopgap spending bill Tuesday night, the penultimate step to avoiding a government shutdown at midnight Wednesday. The vote to limit debate on the measure paves the way for a final vote in... Read More

CBO Long Term Outlook Report ‘Doesn’t Look Good’
Federal Budget
CBO Long Term Outlook Report ‘Doesn’t Look Good’
2020-09-28 13:48:52
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — The Congressional Budget Office recently released two new outlook reports. These projections are an update of the U.S. deficit, debt, spending, and revenue over the next decade and beyond, given current laws in place. The pair of reports... Read More

US Budget Deficit Hits All-Time High of $864 Billion in June
Federal Budget
US Budget Deficit Hits All-Time High of $864 Billion in June

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government incurred the biggest monthly budget deficit in history in June as spending on programs to combat the coronavirus recession exploded while millions of job losses cut into tax revenues. The Treasury Department reported Monday... Read More

Budget Hawks Urge Lawmakers to Address COVID-19 Crisis, But Heed Its Lessons
Federal Budget
Budget Hawks Urge Lawmakers to Address COVID-19 Crisis, But Heed Its Lessons
2020-03-25 16:19:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Despite the fact the White House and Senate were able to reach a deal on a roughly $2 trillion stimulus bill early Wednesday, the U.S. economy is still facing a huge shock to its system, the president of... Read More

Blue Dogs Press Budget Committee to Produce a Budget
Federal Budget
Blue Dogs Press Budget Committee to Produce a Budget
2020-03-06 17:41:36
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition is calling on the House Budget Committee to live up to its name and produce a budget this year, in spite of the fact spending caps have been set through the end of the... Read More

Pentagon Proposal to Defund Stars and Stripes Sparks Uproar
Military
Pentagon Proposal to Defund Stars and Stripes Sparks Uproar
2020-02-18 13:25:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A Pentagon proposal to cut funding for Stars and Stripes is causing an uproar among media organizations and reporters covering the Defense Department who contend the independent newspaper remains a vital source of information for military personnel stationed... Read More

Blue Dogs Pan Trump Budget Proposal, Call for Bipartisan Effort to Fix It
Federal Budget
Blue Dogs Pan Trump Budget Proposal, Call for Bipartisan Effort to Fix It
2020-02-11 18:33:14
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's $4.8 trillion election year budget plan was largely panned on Capitol Hill and elsewhere Monday as just the latest example of a lack of fiscal discipline in the nation's capital. Trump’s fiscal 2021 plan does... Read More

Key Takeaways From Trump’s Budget Proposal
Federal Budget
Key Takeaways From Trump’s Budget Proposal

President Donald Trump unveiled a $4.8 trillion spending blueprint for the upcoming fiscal year that proposes billions more for defense and a U.S. mission to Mars but would cut deeply into other operations including the Environmental Protection Agency. The proposal,... Read More

Trump to Propose $4.8 Trillion Budget, Big Safety-Net Cuts
Political News
Trump to Propose $4.8 Trillion Budget, Big Safety-Net Cuts

President Donald Trump will propose a $4.8 trillion budget on Monday, with sharp cuts to safety-net programs and international aid, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing a senior administration official. The proposal would cut non-defense spending by 5% to $590... Read More

Blue Dogs Push for End to Budgeting by Continuing Resolution
Federal Budget
Blue Dogs Push for End to Budgeting by Continuing Resolution
2020-02-04 21:28:29
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats Monday called for an end to federal budgeting by temporary, continuing resolution, throwing their support behind a measure requiring Congress to pass all appropriations bills on time. H.R. 5226, the Funding... Read More

Blue Dogs Call on Congress to Put Forward a Budget
Congress
Blue Dogs Call on Congress to Put Forward a Budget
2020-01-14 16:06:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The co-chairs of a Blue Dog Coalition panel on fiscal responsibility and government reform blasted an assertion by a powerful committee chairman Monday that the House might just want to skip passing a divisive budget resolution this year.... Read More

Senate Clears Final Spending Package, Wraps for the Year
Federal Budget
Senate Clears Final Spending Package, Wraps for the Year

WASHINGTON — The Senate cleared two spending packages totaling $1.4 trillion Thursday, sending the measures to President Donald Trump ahead of a Friday deadline. Debate over the massive packages was tucked in between floor speeches about the House’s Wednesday vote... Read More

House Approves $1.4 Trillion Spending Plan
Political News
House Approves $1.4 Trillion Spending Plan
2019-12-17 21:46:02
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House voted Tuesday to pass a $1.4 trillion government-wide spending package, despite a disagreement over $1.4 billion for President Donald Trump's wall along the U.S. Mexico border. The two-bill package ballooned to some 2,371 pages after several... Read More

Gun Violence Research Could Be Funded by Congress for First Time in Two Decades
Guns
Gun Violence Research Could Be Funded by Congress for First Time in Two Decades

WASHINGTON — Congressional negotiators agreed to spend $25 million to study gun violence in America next year, the first time in more than two decades that federal funds will be dedicated to researching the contentious issue. The National Institutes of... Read More

Appropriators Reach Spending Agreement, Fend Off Possible Government Shutdown
Federal Budget
Appropriators Reach Spending Agreement, Fend Off Possible Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON — Republicans and Democrats reached agreement “in principle” Thursday on $1.37 trillion in government funding, staving off the possibility of another shutdown just a week before spending is set to run out, according to Appropriations Committee leaders. The deal... Read More

Blue Dogs, Republicans Call for Agreement to Fund Government Through End of Fiscal Year
Federal Budget
Blue Dogs, Republicans Call for Agreement to Fund Government Through End of Fiscal Year
2019-12-13 14:56:52
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan coalition of House members sent a letter to House and Senate leadership Thursday calling for an agreement that will fully fund the federal government through the end of fiscal year 2020. The letter was signed by... Read More

Blue Dogs Support Taking a Bite Out of Skyrocketing National Debt
Federal Budget
Blue Dogs Support Taking a Bite Out of Skyrocketing National Debt
2019-12-11 19:59:11
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats on Thursday threw their support behind H.R. 5211, The Sustainable Budget Act of 2019, which would create a fiscal commission charged with balancing the federal budget within a decade. The bill... Read More

House Pushes ‘Dozen Bills or None’ Approach to Spending Talks
Federal Budget
House Pushes ‘Dozen Bills or None’ Approach to Spending Talks

WASHINGTON — House Democratic leaders are insisting that all 12 overdue spending bills for the current fiscal year must be finalized before any of them can reach the floor, according to sources familiar with strategy talks. The demand for some... Read More

Congress Seeks to Avoid an Appropriations Nightmare Before Christmas
Federal Budget
Congress Seeks to Avoid an Appropriations Nightmare Before Christmas

WASHINGTON — Congress returns to Washington this week with a challenging to-do list for December that not only includes drafting articles of impeachment and finalizing a massive trade deal, but also funding the government. Appropriators and congressional leadership have just... Read More

Blue Dogs Assail Stop-Gap Spending Measure As 'No Way to Govern'
Federal Budget
Blue Dogs Assail Stop-Gap Spending Measure As 'No Way to Govern'
2019-11-19 22:32:57
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON— The House passed a short-term spending bill Tuesday that would keep federal agencies running for another month, but at least one group of House Democrats, the Blue Dog Coalition, said having Congress "lurching from one self-imposed deadline to another... Read More

Congress Plans to Punt Government Shutdown Deadline to Dec. 20
Federal Budget
Congress Plans to Punt Government Shutdown Deadline to Dec. 20

WASHINGTON — Congress plans to extend government funding through Dec. 20, averting the risk of a shutdown next week but setting up a potential spending fight amid likely impeachment votes before the end of the year, according to lawmakers and... Read More

Federal Deficit Just Shy of $1 Trillion for 2019, Highest Since 2012
Federal Budget
Federal Deficit Just Shy of $1 Trillion for 2019, Highest Since 2012
2019-10-25 20:00:10
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The federal deficit for fiscal year 2019 was $984 billion, $205 billion more than in the prior fiscal year, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced Friday afternoon. The final accounting from the Treasury Department of the Office of Management... Read More

Budget Hawks Debut PAYGO Tracker 'To Keep Lawmakers Accountable'
Federal Budget
Budget Hawks Debut PAYGO Tracker 'To Keep Lawmakers Accountable'
2019-10-10 21:19:11
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget debuted a new tool Thursday -- a PAYGO Tracker -- to keep tabs on how well lawmakers are abiding by budget rules requiring new spending and tax cuts to be offset.... Read More

Federal Deficit Reached $984 Billion in FY2019, Highest in 7 years, CBO estimates
Federal Budget
Federal Deficit Reached $984 Billion in FY2019, Highest in 7 years, CBO estimates
2019-10-10 20:35:07
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The federal deficit reached $984 billion in fiscal year 2019, with spending far out pacing revenue, according to an estimate released by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office this week. This would be an increase of $205 billion over... Read More

Modernization Panel Takes Hard Look at Budget and Appropriations Process
Congress
Modernization Panel Takes Hard Look at Budget and Appropriations Process
2019-09-20 21:21:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A House panel charged with improving Congress's procedures and performance took a hard look Thursday at one of the government's most difficult exercises, the annual budget and appropriations process. Last year, the Joint Select Committee on Budget and... Read More

Short-Term Spending Deal Reached to Avert Oct. 1 Shutdown
Federal Budget
Short-Term Spending Deal Reached to Avert Oct. 1 Shutdown

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats and Republicans reached a deal Wednesday on a stopgap spending bill to avert a U.S. government shutdown on Oct. 1, even as the threat of a closure later in the year continues to build. The short-term... Read More

Border Wall, Other Disputes Sidetrack Senate Spending Work
Federal Budget
Border Wall, Other Disputes Sidetrack Senate Spending Work

WASHINGTON — The Senate’s appropriations process fell into disarray Tuesday after a scheduled markup was abruptly postponed in a dispute over policy riders, and a fight over the border wall threatened to hold up defense spending. Democrats were also resisting... Read More

Congress Returns to Gun Control Fight and a Government Shutdown Deadline
Congress
Congress Returns to Gun Control Fight and a Government Shutdown Deadline

WASHINGTON — Congress returns to Washington this week amid mounting pressure from Democrats and the public to enact new gun restrictions, but lawmakers from both parties say meaningful action hangs solely on President Donald Trump. Since lawmakers were last in... Read More

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