There are many reasons why the next budget fight will be more difficult than any of the close-to-debacles that have occurred in recent years. This year the biggest complication is that the budget fight isn't about the budget. It's about Obamacare.
It's been speculated that John Boehner supported the president's position on Syria, in exchange for the White House moving closer to the GOP position on #cliffgate.
As I've said before, I'm calling the end of this year's debate two things: budget bedlam and "#cliffgate." No matter which name you use, it will begin when Congress returns to Washington next week.
I've referred back to this post so many times since it first went up more than two years ago that I almost have to apologize for doing it again. Almost, but not really, and especially not this time.
August actually is a pretty good time to be in Washington. Here are the key elements about what's ahead...or not ahead...on the budget when Congress returns to Washington in September.
Make no mistake about it; House Republicans definitely prefer that a Republican be elected president.
In this era when almost all federal budget process deadlines are routinely missed or completely ignored, it's hard to believe that the fiscal 2014 mid-session review of the budget was released yesterday, a full week ahead of the July 15 statutory deadline.
I posted back in April about how some businesses in Colorado were doing the equivalent of voluntarily paying additional taxes when the sequester spending cuts forced Yellowstone National Park not to do its customary spring snow removal on park roads.
You would think that this poll showing "Americans' confidence in Congress is not only at its lowest point on record, but also is the worst Gallup has ever found for any institution it has measured since 1973" would be so embarrassing to those on Capital Hill that they would take immediate steps to c...
Sunday, May 19, 2013, was one of the saddest and most notorious moments in the sordid history of the federal budget. Let's start from the beginning.
There was a time when a $200+ billion reduction in the federal budget deficit would have been big news and hailed as a singular achievement worthy of either fiscal sainthood or a dance-on-the-table party.
Last August and September, I did a series of eight posts about how, contrary to Tea Party and John Boehner assertions, federal spending was actually very popular. As I said […]
This is not a post about House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's (R-WI) exercise and diet program.
How did the sequester happen? How is it possible that what supposedly was the worst possible way to cut the deficit somehow became what actually happened? Over the weekend Ezra Klein, in a much retweeted blog post that was the talk of large parts of the political blogosphere, said that the GOP was n...
The Clinton administration didn't play as much hardball as it could have during the 1995 and 1996 federal shutdowns because it decided that the air traffic control system was a critical government activity.
A quick post about the new Bowles-Simpson plan that was announced yesterday because that’s all it deserves: It’s a total nonstarter. (If you haven’t heard about it, here’s Jeanne Sahadi’s story […]
Quick note about tonight's State of the Union Address: I'm not expecting too much to be said about the budget, deficit or debt.
Anyone who thinks H.