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Paul M. Krawzak


Paul M. Krawzak covers the budget as a staff writer at Congressional Quarterly. In the past few years, he has reported on the Simpson-Bowles Commission, the Budget Control Act and the Joint Deficit Reduction Committee deliberations.

Prior to joining CQ, he wrote about Congress, the Pentagon and business for the Copley News Service Washington Bureau and San Diego Union-Tribune. Previously, he covered Illinois politics at Copley's Chicago Bureau, and before that, worked as a reporter and editor at newspapers in Illinois and Michigan.

A Detroit native, Paul earned a B.A. in English and economics from Hillsdale College.

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Stories by Paul M. Krawzak:

The Price of a New Budget

Jan. 19, 2016

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?

Jan. 19, 2016

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

Nov. 2, 2015

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

Oct. 26, 2015

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

Sept. 24, 2015

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.

Upton Unsure of Reconciliation for Planned Parenthood Defunding

Sept. 17, 2015

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

Aug. 11, 2015

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

June 19, 2015

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

June 2, 2015

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

June 2, 2015

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

June 1, 2015

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

June 1, 2015

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

Conservatives Push for Fully Paid 'Doc Fix' Deal

April 8, 2015

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

March 24, 2015

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

March 3, 2015

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

Feb. 10, 2015

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

Feb. 4, 2015

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

Dec. 24, 2014

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.

GOP Mulls Next CBO Director

Nov. 11, 2014

Flush from their capture of the Senate, Republicans in both chambers are reviewing more than a dozen potential candidates to succeed Douglas W. Elmendorf as director of the Congressional Budget Office after his term expires Jan. 3.

The Budget Act Comes of Age

July 29, 2014

At 40 years of age, the federal Budget Act bears the scars of fiscal battles dating from the Nixon administration, but its influence over legislation and spending has grown and deepened in ways that its authors couldn’t have imagined.

Fiscal Diagnosis Only Gets Tougher for Health Care Law

June 4, 2014

For Democratic lawmakers who were hesitant to sign onto the sweeping 2010 health care law, one of the most powerful selling points was that the Affordable Care Act would actually reduce the federal budget deficit, despite the additional costs of extending health insurance coverage to the uninsured.

Ryan Budget Will Get Still More Conservative

March 28, 2014

The House budget resolution that has served as a manifesto of Republican Party principles in the past three years is about to get still more conservative.

House Budget Priority: Energizing Election-Year Base

March 27, 2014

Some lawmakers and experts dispute the notion that a new budget resolution laden with conservative policies would be a drag on GOP electoral prospects, arguing it may help Republicans energize their base amid the typical low turnout of midterm elections.

Murray Says Senate Won't Move 2015 Budget Resolution

Feb. 28, 2014

Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray confirmed Friday that the Senate will not move a fiscal 2015 budget resolution even as House Budget Chairman Paul D. Ryan began meetings with fellow Republicans aimed at crafting a House tax and spending blueprint for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1.

For Budgeting, Tough Accounting for 'Gimmicks'

Feb. 21, 2014

Assessments of a proposal by Senate Democrats this month to offset the cost of extending emergency unemployment benefits by temporarily reducing companies’ pension payments won rare agreement from the right and the left.

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