| June 2, 2015, 6:53 p.m.
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.
| June 2, 2015, 6:51 p.m.
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.
| June 1, 2015, 5:24 p.m.
Congress is diving deeper than ever before into dynamic scoring, in the wake of new requirements in the fiscal 2016 budget resolution.
| June 1, 2015, 4:39 p.m.
The Congressional Budget Office and Joint Committee on Taxation use complex macroeconomic models for dynamic scoring.
| May 31, 2015, 8:19 p.m.
Lawmakers have nixed a series of historical paintings to be commissioned by the National Guard, totaling a quarter million dollars, as part of annual authorizing legislation and amid the Pentagon's argument that the president's proposed defense budget represents the bare minimum that can be spent on national defense in the coming year.
| May 29, 2015, 3:31 p.m.
Congress is girding for a showdown over how to pay a looming bill of at least $139 billion for acquiring new nuclear-missile submarines.
| May 29, 2015, 1:28 p.m.
Someone once said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. We don’t need this wisdom to understand the 2016 appropriations process is going off the rails by repeating past mistakes.
| May 12, 2015, 4:08 p.m.
Partisan disputes over the sequester threaten to derail the appropriations process in the months ahead, as House and Senate appropriators trudge ahead with work on fiscal 2016 spending bills.
| May 12, 2015, 4:04 p.m.
Here’s where congressional leaders stand on the prospect of another budget deal, which would presumably adhere to a similar framework to the December 2013 agreement negotiated by then-Budget Committee Chairmen Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., and Patty Murray, D-Wash. That agreement boosted defense and nondefense discretionary spending equally above the sequester level for two years, offset by fee increases and changes to mandatory programs.
| April 29, 2015, 1:50 p.m.
Recently the National Interagency Fire Center announced six new large wildfires have been reported across five states. This brings the year’s total wildfires to 14,213, and it’s only April. While wildfires are, in most cases, natural occurrences that can be good for forests when managed, the funding to manage large ones has gotten way out of control and deserves the immediate attention of Congress.
| April 22, 2015, 11:20 a.m.
Top House appropriators are crossing their fingers for another budget deal that would raise the tight sequester-level spending caps, but in the meantime they will consider a set of funding allocations that seek compromise with the budget limits they’ve got.
| April 14, 2015, 5:54 p.m.
The Military Construction and Veterans Affairs bill House appropriators planned to mark up Wednesday clearly illustrates the dilemma of Republican congressional leaders this year in trying to hold the line or reduce spending while not shortchanging their most sacrosanct areas of government — national defense and the care of veterans.
| April 8, 2015, 4:07 p.m.
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.
| March 24, 2015, 2:24 p.m.
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.
| March 4, 2015, 3:31 p.m.
Supporters of a strong federal role in transportation have what seems like an unlikely ally in their effort to shift the direction of highway spending from Washington to the states.
| March 3, 2015, 11:51 a.m.
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.
| Feb. 23, 2015, 5:22 p.m.
As former — and maybe reformed — elected officials, we know how much politicians like to talk about good news: tax breaks, infrastructure improvements, job growth announcements.
| Feb. 10, 2015, 2:48 p.m.
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.
| Feb. 6, 2015, 4:11 p.m.
President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2016 budget request continues the political gamesmanship that has plagued the U.S. government for five years. Exceeding legislated budget caps on both defense and non-defense discretionary spending by $75 billion, the president is show- boating for his core domestic constituencies while trying to undermine Republican claims he is weak on defense. The primary victims of these political games, of course, are the citizens of this country, who once again will be deprived of a government that can plan rationally for the nation’s well-being.
| Feb. 5, 2015, 6:44 p.m.
The opening gambit by Senate Democrats on a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security gives a strong signal about how the party intends to handle its position as the minority on the Senate floor.