Chairman's Press

09.18.07

Senators Conrad and Gregg: Bipartisan Task Force is Best Approach for Tackling Long-Term Fiscal Challenges

Washington, DC - Senators Kent Conrad (D-ND) and Judd Gregg (R-NH), chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the Senate Budget Committee, today joined forces to offer a blueprint for prompting swift, bipartisan action to substantially improve the nation's long-term fiscal imbalances. "Our nation faces a fiscal challenge of unprecedented proportions," said Chairman Conrad. "We cannot ignore the coming crisis and hope that future leaders will solve this problem. The longer we wait, the … Continue Reading


05.16.07

Senate-House Reach Budget Conference Agreement

Washington, DC - Senate and House negotiators have reached an agreement on a budget plan for fiscal year 2008. The five-year budget resolution funds critical national priorities while returning the budget to surplus by 2012. And it achieves this goal without raising taxes. "This budget provides a fiscally responsible plan for our country," said Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-ND). "It balances the budget by 2012. It provides for an extension of middle-class tax cuts. And it … Continue Reading


01.04.07

Conrad Applauds Introduction of Strong PAYGO Rule

Washington, DC - Incoming Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-NO) today applauded the introduction of a strong pay-as-you-go, or paygo, budget enforcement rule in the United States Senate. The paygo provision was included in the ne".' Democratic Majority's top ten legislative priorities, which were unveiled today by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)."By including a strong paygo rule in our top ten legislative priorities, Democrats are demonstrating our commitment to restoring … Continue Reading


12.12.06

Press Release on Orszag CBO Recommendation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 12, 2006Contact: Stu Nagurka (202) 224-7436 Steve Posner (202) 224-7925CONRAD TO RECOMMEND ORSZAG AS NEW CBO DIRECTOR Brookings Economist Receives Bipartisan PraiseIncoming Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-ND) will recommend the appointment of Peter R. Orszag as the new director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).“I am enthusiastically recommending Dr. Orszag to be the next CBO Director,” Conrad said. “He is exceptional. Not only is he an … Continue Reading


03.09.06

Press Release on Republican Budget Proposal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 9, 2006Contact: Stu Nagurka (202) 224-7436 Steve Posner (202) 224-7925GOP Budget Adds More Than $3 Trillion of Debt Democrats Reject Plan That Makes Fiscal Outlook Worse, Not BetterWashington, DC - An analysis of the Senate Republican budget plan unveiled Wednesday shows it leaves out expenses, and would add more than $3 trillion of debt over the next five years, announced Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Kent Conrad, D-ND.“After years of record deficits an… Continue Reading


02.08.06

Press Release on Budget Committee Asbestos White Paper

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 8, 2006 Contact: Stu Nagurka (202) 224-7436 Steve Posner (202) 224-7925 CONRAD RELEASES WHITE PAPER ON ASBESTOS BILL Analysis Finds Significant Risk That Trust Fund Will Require Taxpayer Bailout Washington, D.C. - The asbestos-related legislation before the Senate is “seriously flawed,” Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Kent Conrad (D-ND) said today, because the bill’s financial lynchpin - a fund to pay compensation to asbestos-sickened people - would be … Continue Reading


12.21.05

Conrad Press Release on Point of Order Against Spending Reconciliation Bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 21, 2005Contact: Stu Nagurka (202) 224-7436 Steve Posner (202) 224-7925CONRAD STRIKES PROVISIONS FROM RECONCILIATION BILL Measure Harming Children, Elderly, and Poor Is Removed Budget Bill Sent Back to HouseWashington, DC - Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Kent Conrad (D-ND) today successfully struck several provisions, including a measure harming children, the elderly, and the poor, from the GOP spending reconciliation bill. The action will send the am… Continue Reading


09.24.03

Conrad Announces Four Staff Appointments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 24, 2003Contact: Stu Nagurka (202) 224-7436 Steve Posner (202) 224-7925Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Kent Conrad Announces Four Staff AppointmentsSenator Kent Conrad, D-ND, ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, today announced the appointment of four new Democratic staff members to the budget panel. Conrad has named Jim Klumpner as chief economist, Jamie Morin as senior defense analyst, Cliff Isenberg as the budget analyst for environmental… Continue Reading


05.15.03

Conrad Votes For Fiscal Responsibility

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 15, 2003Contact: Stu Nagurka (202) 224-7436 Steve Posner (202) 224-7925CONRAD VOTES FOR FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY Deficit Hawk Rejects Costly and Poorly Designed Tax CutsWashington, DC - Senator Kent Conrad Thursday voted against an expensive tax cut that will drive the country further into debt, without providing the needed boost to help the economy now. The North Dakota lawmaker argued for more tax relief sooner to help the sluggish economy, but a less expensive pac… Continue Reading


01.09.03

Conrad Statement on CBO Director Nomination

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 9, 2003Contact: Stu Nagurka (202) 224-7436 Steve Posner (202) 224-7925STATEMENT BY SENATE BUDGET COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN KENT CONRAD (D-ND) ON THE POSSIBLE NOMINATION OF HOLTZ-EAKIN AS CBO DIRECTORAlthough Dr. Holtz-Eakin has strong academic credentials and is a well-respected economist, the fact that he would be coming to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) directly from a senior position in the White House would raise serious questions about the independence a… Continue Reading


12.09.02

Conrad Statement on Snow/Friedman Announcements

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 9, 2002Contact: Stu Nagurka (202) 224-7436 Steve Posner (202) 224-7925STATEMENT BY SENATE BUDGET COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN KENT CONRAD ON THE NOMINATION OF JOHN SNOW TO TREASURY AND EXPECTED APPOINTMENT OF STEPHEN FRIEDMAN TO NECJohn Snow and Stephen Friedman are being handed a mess. In the two years since the Bush administration took office, the economy has suffered a recession, two million jobs have been lost, and a projected $5.6 trillion budget surplus has been… Continue Reading


12.06.02

Conrad Statement on O'Neill/Lindsey Resignations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 6, 2002Contact: Stu Nagurka (202) 224-7436 Steve Posner (202) 224-7925STATEMENT BY SENATE BUDGET COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN KENT CONRAD (D-ND) ON THE RESIGNATION OF THE BUSH ECONOMIC TEAMThis confirms that the Bush economic plan is not working. As the news this morning of increased joblessness and earlier reports of exploding deficit and debt reveal, the President’s economic policy is a disaster.The Bush economic policy is failing and is digging a very deep hole for … Continue Reading


10.25.02

Conrad Statement on 2002 Deficit Announcement

Statement by Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-ND) on the Bush Administration’s Announcement of $159 Billion Deficit for 2002 October 25, 2002The Bush administration has now officially announced that the deficit for 2002 will be $159 billion. This is a sad reminder of how far our nation’s finances have fallen since the Bush administration took office.The sudden return to red ink follows a period of unparalleled fiscal strength and vitality, where we enjoyed four straight years… Continue Reading


10.16.02

Senate Renews Key Budget Enforcement Mechanisms

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 16, 2002Contact: Stu Nagurka (202) 224-7436 Steve Posner (202) 224-7925SENATE RENEWS KEY BUDGET ENFORCEMENT MECHANISMSWashington, DC - The Senate today, by unanimous consent, renewed key budget enforcement mechanisms that expired on September 30. The enforcement mechanisms help to maintain fiscal discipline by making it much more difficult to pass additional tax cuts or spending that are not fully paid for.“This is a victory for fiscal discipline,” said Senate… Continue Reading


08.22.02

Budget Committee Releases New Deficit Estimates

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 22, 2002Contact: Steve Posner (202) 224-7925SENATE BUDGET COMMITTEE RELEASES NEW ESTIMATES SHOWING FEDERAL BUDGET DEFICITS WILL BE FAR WORSE THAN ‘ROSY’ PROJECTIONS OF BUSH ADMINISTRATIONWashington, DC - The Senate Budget Committee today released new estimates showing that the level of federal budget deficits over the next ten years will be far worse than projected by the Bush administration last month. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is expected to relea… Continue Reading


05.01.02

Statement on Bush Administration Announcement on Debt Ceiling

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 1, 2002Contact: Stu Nagurka (202) 224-7436 Steve Posner (202) 224-7925STATEMENT BY SENATE BUDGET COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN KENT CONRAD (D-ND) ON BUSH ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCEMENT ON DEBT CEILINGToday we received the sobering news from the Treasury Department that we will again reach the debt limit much sooner than anticipated. This comes on the heels of Treasury’s announcement that we will have to borrow more than expected to pay the government’s bills and to pay for the… Continue Reading


04.18.02

Statement on House Vote to Make Tax Cut Permanent

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 18, 2002Contact: Stu Nagurka (202) 224-7436 Steve Posner (202) 224-7925Statement by Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-ND, on House Republican Vote to Make Bush Tax Cut PermanentIt is hard to imagine a more fiscally irresponsible move than to permanently extend all of the Bush tax cut without paying for it. This Republican effort, which would overwhelmingly benefit the wealthiest, would cost an additional $400 billion this decade - every penny of it … Continue Reading


03.19.02

Overview of Senate Democratic Budget Resolution

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 20, 2002Contact: Stu Nagurka (202) 224-7436 Steve Posner (202) 224-7925Democrats’ Budget Plan Would Strengthen America and Safeguard Our Future Summary The Senate Democratic budget resolution for fiscal year 2003 faces up to the challenges of strengthening America and safeguarding our future. • Strengthening homeland security. The plan provides all of the resources requested by the President for homeland security. • Building our national defense. The plan ens… Continue Reading


02.13.02

Committee Again Rejects Suspension of Budget Enforcement Mechanisms

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 13, 2002Contact: Stu Nagurka (202) 224-7436 Steve Posner (202) 224-7925SENATE BUDGET COMMITTEE AGAIN REJECTS SUSPENSION OF BUDGET ENFORCEMENT MECHANISMS Conrad Calls on Senate to Defeat Measure When it Comes to FloorWashington, DC - The Senate Budget Committee today, by a 22 to 0 vote, has again rejected the suspension of budget enforcement mechanisms. As it did last November, the Budget Committee has sent a joint resolution to the Senate floor calling for th… Continue Reading


01.31.02

Statement by Daschle, Conrad, and Levin on CBO Report on Missile Defense

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, January 31, 2002Contact: Ranit Schmelzer (Daschle) (202) 224-2939 Stu Nagurka (Conrad) 224-7436 Tara Andringa (Levin) (202) 224-6221STATEMENT BY SENATORS DASCHLE, CONRAD, AND LEVIN ON THE NEW CBO REPORT SHOWING THAT NATIONAL MISSILE DEFENSE COULD COST OVER $150 BILLIONFollowing is a statement from Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, and Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin regarding the CBO's new cost estimat… Continue Reading

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