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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:

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.

CBO Advises Retreat on War Spending

Feb. 21, 2014

The Congressional Budget Office’s dismissal of a legislated cap on war spending marks a rare case in which the nonpartisan research arm of Congress effectively tossed out an offset as essentially mistaken accounting.

Murray May Move From Budget to HELP Panel

Jan. 24, 2014

Fresh off a budget deal triumph, Sen. Patty Murray may be tempted to use her seniority to leave the Budget Committee chairmanship next year to succeed retiring Sen. Tom Harkin as chairwoman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

Ron Johnson Seeks Common Ground in the Numbers

July 19, 2013

Although he is relatively new to the Senate and to politics, Wisconsin Republican Ron Johnson is making waves on budget issues. Over recent months, the tea-party-backed conservative has emerged as the numbers point man for a group of GOP senators who are holding private deficit reduction talks with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and other administration officials.

Ron Johnson's Transition From Plastics to Politics

July 19, 2013

A tea party favorite whose election to the Senate in 2010 marked his entry into electoral politics, Ron Johnson has displayed a genial demeanor that’s won friends on Capitol Hill even as he’s remained committed to the tough deficit-cutting talk that helped bring him to Washington.

Murray Presses for Pre-August Bipartisan Budget Talks

July 1, 2013

Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray wants Republicans to engage in budget negotiations to replace the sequester before the August recess, saying bipartisan talks provide the only way for the parties to agree on higher defense spending levels.

Regional Lines Divide Aging Demographic Patterns

June 14, 2013

The aging of the American population is a decidedly different story from region to region.

In Spending Debate, Baby Boomer Issue Remains a Headache for Legislators

June 14, 2013

When Congress created Medicare in 1965 to handle the health care needs of the older population, less than 10 percent of Americans were old enough to collect Social Security and the new medical benefit.

Obama Administration Says Zeints to Stay in Acting OMB Position

March 19, 2013

The White House said Tuesday that Jeffrey D. Zients, reportedly a candidate to become the new U.S. trade representative, will remain as acting director of the Office of Management and Budget until the Senate confirms a new director.

Ryan Issues First Budget Salvo With $4.6 Trillion in Spending Cuts to Eliminate Deficit

March 12, 2013

House Budget Chairman Paul D. Ryan unveiled a fiscal 2014 budget plan Tuesday with an aggressive aim to erase the deficit in 10 years by cutting projected spending by some $4.6 trillion and calling for politically contentious changes in federal laws, including eliminating the 2010 health care law and overhauling the tax code.

Ryan Says Improved Outlook, Taxes Help GOP 10-Year Balanced Budget Goal

March 6, 2013

House Budget Chairman Paul D. Ryan says he won’t have to make dramatic changes to the plan Republicans passed out of the House last year to bring the federal budget into balance in 10 years, in part because of improved economic circumstances and the tax increases that Congress approved this year.

Graham and Rigell Open Door to New Revenue

Feb. 26, 2013

Some Republican lawmakers, raising new alarms over the effects of automatic spending cuts on defense, are opening the door to new revenue with only days to go until the sequester hits, in contrast with widespread opposition to additional taxes among most in the GOP.

'Hard Choices' Need to Be Made on Entitlements

Feb. 22, 2013

Budget expert Maya MacGuineas concedes that baselines and deficit and debt projections can be boring and arcane.

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