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    Senate Sequester Plan: They Can’t Be Serious

    The Hill newspaper demonstrated a keen knack for understatement today with its account of Senate Democrats’ $110 billion sequester replacement proposal: “The bill would appear to have little chance of reaching President Obama’s desk, however, given opposition from House and Senate Republicans to increasing any taxes to replace the sequester.” … More

    Watch Out…The President's Talking "Balance" Again

    If you aren’t nervous, you should be. The President is, once again, talking about a “balanced approach” to fixing sequestration—the across-the-board budget cuts scheduled to hit America. Translation: your pocketbook is threatened. The last time the President negotiated a “balanced” package was January’s fiscal cliff deal. He said that only … More

    Memo to Congress: Capitulation on Sequestration Cuts Is a Path to Defeat

    With current funding for government operations scheduled to run out March 27, the House is beginning work on another Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government through the rest of the fiscal year. As they do this, they must take firm steps toward their commitment to balance the budget in … More

    White House Dismisses Budget Deadline

    We knew President Obama would be late in submitting his fiscal year 2014 budget proposal. White House press secretary Jay Carney largely dismissed yesterday’s legal deadline, arguing for “substance over deadlines” when it comes to evaluating the President’s budget. Translation: There’s nothing to see here. However, Obama’s budget request is … More

    Morning Bell: How to Balance the Budget in 10 Years

    Both houses of Congress have now voted to suspend the debt ceiling until May 19, buying lawmakers more time to develop a budget. The Senate would put together a budget for the first time in three years—and the details of that budget are crucial. To prevent the federal debt from … More

    Obama’s Budget to Be Late Again

    President Obama’s budget will be late again. When the President and Congress failed to close the fiscal cliff deal until January 2, it was predictable enough that the Administration would once again submit its budget a bit late. The fiscal cliff changed both revenues and spending, and so all the … More

    Hurricane Sandy Relief: An Early Opportunity for Budgeting

    A good test of whether the 113th Congress is likely to take budgeting seriously will come early this week, when the House considers the remainder of its Hurricane Sandy relief legislation. House conservatives are proposing several amendments that would cut enough spending to offset the $17 billion base bill (H.R. … More

    5 New Year’s Resolutions for Congress in 2013

    While many Americans resolve to make 2013 the year they really do slim down, exercise more, and spend less, Congress could afford to commit to a few such resolutions of its own. Call them budget resolutions—something Congress hasn’t had in a while. Here are five suggestions: Cut spending. The federal … More

    Morning Bell: ’Twas the Night Before Cliff-mas

    Christmas arrives this year at a time when our nation is on the brink of the fiscal cliff. With time running out for President Obama and Congress to reach an agreement, this Christmas Eve we bring to you 2012 twist on Clement Clarke Moore’s famous poem, “A Visit from St. … More

    Congress Limps Out of Town with a Fractured Budget Process

    Happily, the world did not end on December 21, as some interpreters of the Mayan Long-Count Calendar predicted. Earth did not get sucked into the black hole at the center of the galaxy; it did not crash into the planet Nibiru; its core did not heat up, causing earthquakes and … More