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    Budget Battle Made Simple

    Understanding what Washington is up to is as simple as one-two-three: 1. Unacceptable Choices Under President Obama’s leadership, Americans have been presented two unacceptable choices. For Washington to continue to pay its bills under the limitations of the Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA), which the President signed into law, … More

    Needless and Irresponsible Delays on Congressional Appropriations

    After weeks of decent progress in advancing the fiscal year (FY) 2013 appropriations bills—the annual spending bills that finance the operations of government agencies—the process, disappointingly, appears to be stalling. According to CQ Budget Tracker: Although both chambers will work on appropriations bills this month, Congress appears unlikely to clear … More

    A Billion Here, a Billion There: The State Department's Wacky Budget Process

    Even by U.S. government standards (not a high one these days), the State Department’s budget process is a mess. In almost every budget cycle, billions and billions of hard-earned taxpayer dollars get allocated to the State Department in the last minute without proper congressional debate or substantive hearings. As a … More

    Congress Must Address Both Defense Sequestration and Deficits

    Earlier this week, the Obama White House criticized Members of Congress for examining the effects of the $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts scheduled to kick in next year. Instead, the Administration said it would prefer that lawmakers turn their attention to longer-term deficit reduction proposals. But this is not … More

    Ten Years of Homeland Security Oversight: Time for Reform

    Ten years ago today, the House created a 13-member Select Committee on Homeland Security. The decision seemingly made a good deal of sense. With the memory of 9/11 still fresh, President George W. Bush had begun to call for a Cabinet-level department to carry out the nation’s homeland security mission. … More

    Farm Bill: Bumper Crop of Food Stamps

    The farm bill pending in the Senate has a bumper crop of food stamps. The bill, S.3240 (the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act), should be renamed the “Food Stamp Expansion Act.” The bulk of the spending in the bill is targeted to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also … More

    The Truth about President Obama's Skyrocketing Spending

    Spending has skyrocketed under President Obama, but of late some are claiming that the opposite is true. Case in point: MarketWatch columnist Rex Nutting wrote, “Obama spending binge never happened,” and Politifact rated this statement “mostly true.” But Mitt Romney this week said that “Since President Obama assumed office three … More

    Setting Obama's "Great Fiscal Restraint Record" Straight

    The Obama Administration is piggybacking on claims made by MarketWatch’s Rex Nutting that Obama has not gone on the spending spree everyone thinks he has since taking office. As White House press secretary Jay Carney puts it, President Obama has exercised “significant fiscal restraint” and “acted with great fiscal responsibility.” … More

    Medicare at Risk: Visualizing the Need for Reform

    Medicare at Risk: Visualizing the Need for Reform View more presentations from The Heritage Foundation Heritage’s new chart series, “Medicare at Risk: Visualizing the Need for Reform,” shows that, without the necessary structural reform, Medicare’s finances will have devastating consequences on the federal budget, not to mention taxpayers and seniors … More

    Online Chat about the Different Budgets

    Click here to join us right now for our “Lunch with Heritage” live online chat. We are joined by the Director of Heritage’s Center for Data Analysis and he is taking your questions about the different budget proposals put forth by Congress on Wednesday. Lunch with Heritage feat. Bill Beach