Jane Norman

Podcast: No Budget, No Problem
Budget Tracker Extra, Episode 25

It’s back to the future for House lawmakers who are once again this year considering bundling up in an omnibus all 12 fiscal 2018 spending bills to keep the government funded beyond September, a shortcut avenue in the absence of an actual budget blueprint, say CQ appropriations reporters Kellie Mejdrich, Jennifer Shutt and Ryan McCrimmon.

Podcast: Congress' Many Hurdles to a Budget Plan
Budget Tracker Extra, Episode 24

The health care debate has taken up valuable time and lawmakers don’t appear to be any closer to a resolution, which means efforts to craft a fiscal 2018 budget plan before the August recess are running into an assortment of obstacles, says CQ Budget Tracker editor, David Lerman.

Podcast: House Republicans Ignore Trump on Budget
Budget Tracker Extra, Episode 23

Even as a budget agreement remains elusive for Congress, House lawmakers have reached a couple of decisions: a significant funding boost for defense and around $511 billion for all else—largely ignoring President Donald Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget request, say’s CQ’s Budget Tracker editor David Lerman.

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Podcast: The Budget Disconnect Within the Trump Administration
Budget Tracker Extra, Episode 22

As lawmakers start to work on fiscal 2018 spending bills, some Cabinet secretaries who appear before them are doing little to defend President Donald Trump’s budget request, say CQ budget reporters Kellie Mejdrich and Paul M. Krawzak. Also, there are hints that appropriators are willing to consider giving the Pentagon even more money than what Trump is requesting.

Podcast: The Big Chill for Trump Budget
Budget Tracker Extra, Episode 21

Lawmakers are starting to work on next fiscal year’s federal spending plan with nearly 30 hearings coming up — even though they’ve given a thumbs down to President Trump’s budget request and have no idea how much they can spend, says Budget Tracker editor David Lerman.

Podcast: Lawmakers Could Seek Another Funding Shortcut
Budget Tracker Extra, Episode 20

Lawmakers return to the Hill this week with a slew of committee hearings on the fiscal 2018 spending bills, say CQ budget reporters Ryan McCrimmon and Jennifer Shutt. There’s just one problem: lawmakers will be working without knowing how much they can spend.

Fuzzy Math in Trump Budget Obscures Size of Medicaid Cuts
Budget Tracker Extra, Episode 19

The Trump administration’s first full budget request has left some lawmakers scratching their head, says CQ Budget Tracker editor David Lerman, over the math: It doesn’t add up.

 

New Jersey’s Favored Son in Hot Water
Budget Tracker Extra, Episode 18

Republican Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen could face an ethics investigation after he created problems on the job for a liberal activist, says CQ budget and appropriations reporter Ryan McCrimmon, who adds that the once unbeatable lawmaker and Appropriations Committee chairman suddenly has competition in 2018.

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New Jersey’s Favored Son in Hot Water
Budget Tracker Extra, Episode 18

Republican Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen could face an ethics investigation after he created problems on the job for a liberal activist, says CQ budget and appropriations reporter Ryan McCrimmon, who adds that the once unbeatable lawmaker and Appropriations Committee chairman suddenly has competition in 2018.

 

All the Cuts in Trump’s First Full Budget
Budget Tracker Extra, Episode 17

As the White House turmoil grips Washington, policymakers have been working quietly on President Donald Trump’s 2018 full budget request, which is expected May 23. CQ Roll Call’s senior budget reporter Paul M. Krawzak has details about that request, the proposed cuts in programs and how the budget will play into Trump’s long-term goal of balancing the budget.

The Fiscal 2018 Budget: It’ll Be a Slog
Budget Tracker Extra, Episode 16

 

With fiscal 2017 spending finally done, lawmakers are belatedly poised to begin working on fiscal 2018 funding, say CQ Roll Call's budget editor Jane Norman and Budget Tracker editor David Lerman. But the freshly passed House health care bill is likely to consume lawmakers’ time, further jamming up budget work, adds Lerman.

The Trump Effect on Budgets, Big Bird and Rockets
Budget Tracker Extra, Episode 15

Podcast: Here's Why Congress Is Facing an Unprecedented Budget Puzzle
Budget Tracker Extra, Episode 14

An unprecedented situation is developing in Congress as lawmakers are confronted with not only finishing the fiscal 2017 budget but beginning work on a fiscal 2018 budget, says CQ’s senior budget reporter Paul M. Krawzak. But adding uncertainty to the work are the so-called reconciliation instructions attached to the 2017 budget resolution that spell out how Republicans can repeal Obamacare. At what point do these instructions expire and it's game over for an easy health care repeal? Krawzak explains why this question has become so important, and offers a prediction on when President Trump will present his full budget to Congress.

Ep. 13: Federal Workforce Reductions Could Hurt Veterans

 

The Trump administration has plans to reduce the number of government workers in the months and years ahead, says CQ Roll Call’s budget reporter Ryan McCrimmon. But those efforts could directly cost veterans in more ways than one, adds Kellie Mejdrich.

Ep. 12: Countdown to Shutdown?
Budget Tracker Extra

CQ Roll Call’s Budget Tracker editor David Lerman makes a prediction on whether or not there will be a government shutdown at midnight on April 28, when funding runs out.

Ep. 12: Countdown to Shutdown?

Ep. 11: Military Brass Balks at Another Stopgap Funding Measure
Budget Tracker Extra

Military chiefs are expected to tell Congress this week that unless new funding is approved for the remainder of fiscal 2017, the armed services would have to cancel vital programs from grounding large portions of their aircraft squadrons to calling off military training exercises, says CQ Roll Call’s defense reporter John M. Donnelly, who obtained a copy of communiques that outline the Pentagon’s worries. Continuing to fund the remainder of fiscal 2017 at last year’s level would be a first for the U.S. military, says Donnelly.

Ep. 11: Military Brass Balks at Another Stopgap Funding Measure

Ep. 10: Trump Team Tight-Lipped on President’s Budget As Appropriations Begin
Budget Tracker Extra

Lawmakers this week will start to consider where money should be spent in what appears to be a very difficult budget process, says CQ Roll Call’s appropriations reporter Kellie Mejdrich. Meanwhile, the administration sent a missive about who should discuss President Trump’s initial budget request, says Mejdrich.

Ep. 9: Why Trump’s Budget Could Spark Political Paralysis

Despite the Republicans controlling Congress and the White House, there is no GOP consensus, says CQ Roll Call’s Budget tracker editor David Lerman. That was underscored with some Republicans’ visceral objections to President Trump’s budget requests that could set off a crisis in funding the government, adds Lerman.

Ep 8: The Week’s Big Budget Decisions
Budget Tracker Extra

Congress and the White House this week will be confronted with a series of decisions that will impact the country’s economic well-being, says CQ Roll Call's budget and appropriations reporter Ryan McCrimmon. Lawmakers will debate the merits of the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis of the GOP’s health care proposal, consider raising the debt ceiling and contend with President Donald Trump’s initial budget blueprint that is expected to seek deep cuts in several departments and agencies.

Ep. 7: The Art of Trump's Budget Deal
Budget Tracker Exra

CQ Roll Call’s senior budget reporter, Paul M. Krawzak, says the Pentagon is likely to get some increase in spending in fiscal 2018 at the expense of domestic programs. That could mean cuts in food stamps, environmental protection and unemployment insurance. But it’s unlikely that the Pentagon will get the 10 percent boost that was the initial bid by President Trump, the author of "The Art of the Deal."

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