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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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Ep. 6: Spending Boost Possible For Veterans As Other Programs Face Cuts Under Trump’s First Budget Request
Budget Tracker Extra

CQ Roll Call appropriations reporter Kellie Mejdrich breaks down President Donald Trump’s first budget request and discusses how veterans could gain while other domestic programs brace for cuts.

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Ep. 5: Why Trump’s New Budget Director Should Prepare for a Fight
Budget Tracker Extra

President Donald Trump finally has his budget director Mick Mulvaney in place, but with a daunting agenda it’s unclear how much he can get accomplished, says CQ Budget Tracker Editor David Lerman. Mulvaney faces, among other challenges, an April deadline when government funding expires and the unknown costs of Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare.

EP. 3: Earmark Debate Returns for House Republicans
Budget Tracker Extra


President Donald Trump’s pledge to drain the swamp hasn’t stopped some House Republicans from discussing bringing back earmarks, even as tea party lawmakers have called the practice pork-barrel spending. CQ Roll Call’s Budget editor Jane Norman and appropriations reporter Jennifer Shutt explain how the issue has gained enough traction to prompt House Speaker Paul D. Ryan to promise public hearings.

Ep. 2: How Trump’s Wall May Become a Money Pit for U.S. Taxpayers
Budget Tracker Extra

CQ Roll Call's budget editor Jane Norman and appropriations reporter Ryan McCrimmon explain the various scenarios for funding President Donald Trump’s border wall with Mexico. McCrimmon also explains why one top Republican lawmaker may vote against Trump’s pick to manage the nation’s budget office.

Ep: 1: Trump and Congress May Look to Cut Safety Net to Balance Budget
Budget Tracker Extra

In the first episode of the Budget Tracker Extra podcast, CQ budget editors Jane Norman and David Lerman discuss how President Donald Trump’s campaign promises may collide with a Republican Congress eager to cut spending that could extend from the National Endowment for the Arts to Social Security.

CQ Now: Jane Norman Looks Ahead at a Post-Boehner Congress (Podcast)

CQ Now’s Adriel Bettelheim and Budget Editor Jane Norman give a quick analysis at how the drama in Congress is expected to unfold after Speaker John A. Boehner’s resignation announcement....
CQ Now: Why the House May Cause a Government Shutdown (Podcast)

CQ Roll Call’s Adriel Bettelheim is joined by Economy and Budget Editor Jane Norman to map out Speaker John A. Boehner’s options with a government shutdown looming. With more members voicing opposition to any measure that doesn’t defund Planned Parenthood, it is increasingly likely Boehner will need Democratic votes to pass a “clean” funding bill....
'Navigators' of State Health Insurance Exchanges Prepare to Help Applicants

When enrollment in the health care law’s new insurance exchanges opens in October, the prospects for success will turn on a crucial element: people who actually understand health insurance coverage and can explain it in plain language to consumers.

Many Americans who will be signing up may never have had insurance in the past or aren’t fluent in English or might have trouble figuring out which plan will be best for their pocketbook and health condition. They probably will be using computers or paper application forms to enroll in health care coverage through the exchanges, which serve as marketplaces for the purchase of health insurance for individuals and small businesses.

Health Insurance Exchange Helpers Prepare in California

California plans to deploy 21,000 people across the state to sign up consumers when enrollment in the health insurance exchange begins Oct. 1. The squads of trained, government-paid helpers will be armed with the know-how to untangle the complexities of insurance coverage.

In addition, the state is on track to open three call centers staffed by 1,200 customer service representatives who will explain the 2010 health care law and guide callers through their health insurance purchases. Those to be hired will be fluent in multiple languages, including Spanish, Cantonese and Vietnamese, according to state officials.

Health Exchanges: Can They Be Ready by 2014?

The idea of a health insurance exchange as laid out in President Barack Obama’s signature law seems straightforward: an online marketplace where people will shop for private health insurance, like buying an airline ticket or a hotel room. But making sure exchanges in every state are ready for business by the law’s deadline of 2014 has been anything but easy given the legal, technical and political questions surrounding them.

States had until Dec. 14 to tell the Obama administration whether they would be building their own exchanges. The answer was yes for 18 states and the District of Columbia. The remaining states, most led by Republican governors, will either have their exchanges run by the Department of Health and Human Services or take part in federal-state partnerships. One of the 18, Utah, is trying to gain permission to keep its current exchange even though it doesn’t conform to the federal law.

Md. Health Exchange Gives Official Chance to Serve State

Maryland launched initial development of its health insurance exchange the day after the health care law was signed by President Barack Obama in March 2010. Now the state is one of the first to receive conditional approval for operating its new health care marketplace, much of the time under the guidance of a pediatrician-turned-bureaucrat, Joshua Sharfstein.

Sharfstein gave up a plum position in January 2011 as principal deputy commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration to return to his roots in Maryland, where the Harvard Medical School graduate had served as health commissioner in Baltimore.

Steele: Health Care Vote Is 2010's 'Game On'
Dick Armey, FreedomWorks, This story originally appeared in CQ HealthBeat. ...