Budget Bulletins

07.18.18

Cap Adjustments: How the Government Raises Its Spending Limit

The 2011 Budget Control Act (BCA) allows for several cap adjustments to increase spending for specified purposes without triggering a breach of statutory spending limits. These adjustments, which have grown in number in successive spending deals, have supported a staggering $890 billion in discretionary spending beyond the BCA's base caps. View the July 18 Budget Bulletin online here.… Continue Reading


06.28.18

Changes in Mandatory Programs: An Overspending Tool

The last decade brought a dramatic rise in the use of changes in mandatory programs, or CHIMPs, in annual appropriations bills. View the June 28 Budget Bulletin online here.… Continue Reading


06.07.18

Spending Caps and the New Fiscal Cliff

The two-year bipartisan budget law enacted in February significantly increased discretionary spending levels through fiscal year 2019, setting up a $126 billion spending cliff for 2020.… Continue Reading


06.07.17

President’s FY 18 Budget: Economic Growth Policies

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate Budget Committee today released the third in a series of analyses of the President's FY 2018 Budget submission. The June 7, 2017, Budget Bulletin is focused on Economic Growth Policies as part of the President's fiscal year 2018 Budget request. The Budget Bulletin provides regular expert articles by Senate Budget Committee analysts on the issues before Congress relating to the budget, deficits, debt, and the economy. Read the full Senate Budget Bulletin here. Excerp… Continue Reading


05.24.17

President’s FY 18 Budget - Mandatory Spending Proposals

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate Budget Committee today released the second in a series of analyses of the President's FY 2018 Budget submission. The May 24, 2017, Budget Bulletin is focused on Mandatory Spending Proposals as part of the President's fiscal year 2018 Budget request. The Budget Bulletin provides regular expert articles by Senate Budget Committee analysts on the issues before Congress relating to the budget, deficits, debt, and the economy. Read the full Senate Budget Bulletin here. E… Continue Reading


05.23.17

The President’s Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Proposal Overview

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate Budget Committee today released its first in a series of analyses of the President's FY 2018 Budget submission. The May 23, 2017, Budget Bulletin is focused on an overview of the President's fiscal year 2018 Budget Proposal. The Budget Bulletin provides regular expert articles by Senate Budget Committee analysts on the issues before Congress relating to the budget, deficits, debt, and the economy. Read the full Senate Budget Bulletin here. Excerpts follow: Overview… Continue Reading


05.18.17

America’s Economic Growth Triggers

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate Budget Committee today released its May 18, 2017, Budget Bulletin focused on America's Economic Growth Triggers. The Budget Bulletin provides regular expert articles by Senate Budget Committee analysts on the issues before Congress relating to the budget, deficits, debt, and the economy. Read the full Senate Budget Bulletin here. Excerpts follow: The federal government is currently focused on boosting American economic growth with new policies that encourage privat… Continue Reading


03.09.17

Debt Limit Extraordinary Measures

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate Budget Committee today released its March 9, 2017, Budget Bulletin focused on the "extraordinary measures" and financial tools developed by Department of Treasury and used to pay the nation's bills while the federal government considers raising the debt limit. The Budget Bulletin provides regular expert articles by Senate Budget Committee analysts on the issues before Congress relating to the budget, deficits, debt, and the economy. Read the full Senate Budget Bullet… Continue Reading


11.17.16

Regulatory Reform Outlook

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate Budget Committee today released its November 17, 2016, Budget Bulletin focused on the outlook for Regulatory Reform. The Budget Bulletin provides regular expert articles by Senate Budget Committee analysts on the issues before Congress relating to the budget, deficits, debt, and the economy. Read the full Senate Budget Bulletin here. Excerpts follow: The rising cost to the economy of federal regulation is alarming. Private sector experts now estimate new federal ru… Continue Reading


10.20.16

FY 2017 Continuing Resolution

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate Budget Committee today released its October 20, 2016, Budget Bulletin focused on the FY 2017 Continuing Resolution. The Budget Bulletin provides regular expert articles by Senate Budget Committee analysts on the issues before Congress relating to the budget, deficits, debt, and the economy. This Bulletin contains an in-depth look at the FY 2017 appropriations process to date. It details what was accomplished under regular order, how the Appropriations Committee gen… Continue Reading


09.15.16

Accounting for Federal Credit Programs

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate Budget Committee today released its September 15, 2016, Budget Bulletin focused on Accounting for Federal Credit Programs. The Budget Bulletin provides regular expert articles by Senate Budget Committee analysts on the issues before Congress relating to the budget, deficits, debt, and the economy. During a recent Committee hearing, Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Director Keith Hall noted the agency's long-held view that fair value scoring provides a more comprehen… Continue Reading


07.14.16

Budget Perspectives for Fannie and Freddie

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate Budget Committee today released its July 14, 2016, Budget Bulletin focused on Budget Perspectives for Fannie and Freddie. The Budget Bulletin provides regular expert articles by Senate Budget Committee analysts on the issues before Congress relating to the budget, deficits, debt, and the economy. Read the full Senate Budget Bulletin here. Excerpts follow: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which play a key role in the U.S. housing-finance system, have been in conservators… Continue Reading


06.30.16

Emergency Spending Designations

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate Budget Committee today released its June 30, 2016, Budget Bulletin focused on the use of Emergency Spending Designations. The Budget Bulletin provides regular expert articles by Senate Budget Committee analysts on the issues before Congress relating to the budget, deficits, debt, and the economy. Read the full Senate Budget Bulletin here. Excerpts follow: There are currently three separate emergency designations available to senators for budget enforcement purposes… Continue Reading


06.16.16

Options to Fix the Broken Federal Budget Process

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05.12.16

Overview of Senate Budget Process Reform Proposals

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04.28.16

Senate Considers Fixes to America’s Broken Budget Process

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate Budget Committee today released its April 28, 2016, Budget Bulletin focused on fixes to the broken budget process. The Budget Bulletin provides regular expert articles by Senate Budget Committee analysts on the issues before Congress relating to the budget, deficits, debt, and the economy. Excerpts follow: The Problem: Broken Budgets and Out-of-Control Spending In theory, the annual budget process begins on the first Monday in February with submission of the presid… Continue Reading


04.12.16

Establishing an FY17 Senate Budget Framework

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate Budget Committee today released its April 12, 2016, Budget Bulletin focused on establishing a fiscal year 2017 Senate Budget framework. The Budget Bulletin provides regular expert articles by Senate Budget Committee analysts on the issues before Congress relating to the budget, deficits, debt, and the economy. Read the full Senate Budget Bulletin here. Excerpts follow: Producing a Senate Budget Framework The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (BBA-15, P.L. 114-74) requ… Continue Reading


02.24.16

President’s FY 2017 Budget – Budget Process Proposals

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate Budget Committee today released its seventh and final analysis on the President's FY 2017 Budget submission. The February 24, 2016, Budget Bulletin is focused on the fiscal blueprint's budget process proposals. The Budget Bulletin provides regular expert articles by Senate Budget Committee analysts on the issues before Congress relating to the budget, deficits, debt, and the economy. Read the full Senate Budget Bulletin here. Excerpts follow: In addition to funding… Continue Reading


02.23.16

President’s FY 2017 Budget – Domestic Policy Proposals

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate Budget Committee today released its sixth in a series of analyses of the President's FY 2017 Budget submission. The February 23, 2016, Budget Bulletin is focused on the Budget's domestic policy proposals. The Budget Bulletin provides regular expert articles by Senate Budget Committee analysts on the issues before Congress relating to the budget, deficits, debt, and the economy. Read the full Senate Budget Bulletin here. Excerpts follow: Overall, the president's bud… Continue Reading


02.19.16

President’s FY 2017 Budget – Revenue Proposals

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate Budget Committee today released its fifth in a series of analyses of the President's FY 2017 Budget submission. The February 19, 2016, Budget Bulletin is focused on the Budget's revenue proposals. The Budget Bulletin provides regular expert articles by Senate Budget Committee analysts on the issues before Congress relating to the budget, deficits, debt, and the economy. Read the full Senate Budget Bulletin here. Excerpts follow: Overview of POTUS FY 17 Budget Reven… Continue Reading

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