Paul M. Krawzak

Budget Fights Begin With Obama's $4.23 Trillion Proposal

President Barack Obama proposed a $4.23 trillion fiscal 2017 budget Tuesday, which the White House argued contains some proposals that could win bipartisan support, even though Republicans were scathing in their criticism of what's likely to be the administration's last complete fiscal plan.

The Price of a New Budget

House Budget Chairman Tom Price has offered fresh details on his drive to overhaul the federal budget process, saying he hopes to craft legislation to rewrite the 1974 budget act this year and get it signed by a Republican president next year.

GOP’s 2016 Dilemma: Get Elected or Pass a Budget?

Senate Republicans are embarking on the path that leads to a fiscal 2017 budget resolution, though no one thinks it will be easy to pass the tax and spending framework in an election year.

Obama Signs Budget Deal and Debt Limit Suspension

President Barack Obama signed the budget agreement and debt limit increase into law Monday, preventing any chance of a default on the government’s debt and lessening the chances of a government shutdown later in the year.

In Ryan, Budget Talks Gain a New Player Who's an Old Hand

Paul D. Ryan's years spent honing his fiscal expertise and cultivating relationships will assure his ascent to the speakership this week — and immediately plant a numbers pro in the middle of high-stakes budget talks.

Path Toward 'Clean' Spending Stopgap Bill Emerges

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday began laying the groundwork for the chamber to advance a “clean” continuing resolution in the coming days after Democrats and some Republicans banded together to block consideration of a stopgap with Planned Parenthood defunding language.

McConnell Tees Up Short-Term Funding Vote

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday moved toward procedural votes on a short-term continuing resolution after the chamber’s Democrats blocked consideration of a 20-week abortion ban and the fiscal 2016 defense spending bill.

Upton Unsure of Reconciliation for Planned Parenthood Defunding

House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton expressed uncertainty Thursday about whether budget reconciliation can be used to defund Planned Parenthood, one of the options that Republicans are considering to starve the family planning group of federal funds, appease unhappy conservatives and still avoid a government shutdown.

Shortcut for Budget Reconciliation Mulled by GOP Leaders

GOP leaders are considering an abbreviated form of the powerful budget reconciliation process this year, giving them the leeway to focus on other pressing matters while still issuing a prod to the president on the health care law.

Repealing Health Law Under Dynamic Scoring Increases Deficit, CBO Says

The Congressional Budget Office estimated Friday that repealing the health care law would increase the federal deficit by $137 billion from fiscal 2016 to 2025 using a dynamic score, compared to $353 billion under traditional scoring practices.

Toomey Fights for Allocations to Crime Victim Fund

Several Republican senators are moving forward with plans to try to further limit the use in the appropriations process of so-called CHIMPs, which they say in one instance have deprived crime victims of billions of dollars’ worth of assistance.

Discretionary Spending Offsets Weakened

An effort by Senate Republicans to scale back something they consider a budget gimmick was weakened but not stopped in the fiscal 2016 budget resolution.

For CBO, Dynamic Scoring Is the Battle of Evermore

Congress is diving deeper than ever before into dynamic scoring, in the wake of new requirements in the fiscal 2016 budget resolution.

Complex Models Determine Dynamic Scoring

The Congressional Budget Office and Joint Committee on Taxation use complex macroeconomic models for dynamic scoring.

Conservatives Push for Fully Paid 'Doc Fix' Deal

Momentum is building among conservative senators to scrap an exemption from budget laws in the House-passed "doc fix" deal, a move that would pressure Congress to offset $141 billion of the package's cost not currently paid for later this year, outside groups say.

Spending Caps Are Fraying in the Face of Republicans' New Budget Reality

Budget maneuvers congressional Republicans are undertaking suggest the statutory discretionary spending caps, which some lawmakers consider a major party accomplishment, may not survive a GOP-controlled Congress.

Budget Panels Attempt to Please Caucus Factions

Republicans on the House and Senate Budget committees are striving to craft fiscal 2016 budget resolutions tailored to win the support of their divergent GOP caucuses, but still similar enough to allow for compromise.

Hurdles Exist for the Prospects of Any 'Grand Bargain' on Sequester, Defense Spending

President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats would like to get rid of the sequester. Many Republicans want more money for defense. That would seem to offer a potential formula for a budget agreement.

Heritage to Offer Conservative Budget Blueprint

More than 100 cost-savings proposals, due out from the Heritage Foundation on Thursday, could provide ammunition for conservative lawmakers in coming debates over restructuring entitlement programs, addressing the post-sequester discretionary spending caps, reauthorizing the Highway Trust Fund and raising the debt limit.

House Rule Change Would Force Long-Term Estimates for Major Bills

House Republicans are moving to increase the use of dynamic scoring through a rules change that would require long-term estimates of the economic effects of major legislation.