2018 Budget

Opinion: Congress Needs to Raise Budget Caps
Economic and national security investments vital to our long-term success

Not raising the budget caps risks shortchanging the next generation by leaving behind an ill-prepared workforce, a crumbling infrastructure, and a stagnant economy, Kentucky Rep. John Yarmuth writes. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

We begin the 2018 budget process facing arbitrary and irresponsible spending caps that threaten our security, our economy, and our nation’s standing as a global leader of research and innovation. Yet, the budget proposal put forth by President Donald Trump does not respond to this simple truth. In fact, it will take our country in the opposite direction.

The president would provide additional funds for one important aspect of government — defense — but would do so at the expense of all other investments. That’s not a responsible proposal — and it should not be treated as one. Even some of my Republican colleagues have criticized these misguided priorities of President Trump. House Budget Committee member Tom Cole, R-Okla., called the president’s proposed cuts “short-sighted,” saying, “These are investments the country ought to be making.”

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.

David Hawkings’ Whiteboard: Trump’s Next Budget Battle Begins Soon

The whiteboard is back! Roll Call senior editor David Hawkings looks past the current battle to fund the government to sketch out President Donald Trump’s next budget task – funding the government for fiscal 2018. His ambitions are big, find out how likely they are to get accomplished.

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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