CQ Budget

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CQ's budget tracker David Lerman, and his colleagues, follow and explain how lawmakers in Congress spend the nation's money.

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Democrat to Reshape Priorities on Spending Panel

November 12th, 2018


Democratic Rep. Nita M. Lowey of New York is expected to lead the powerful House appropriations panel in the new Congress and she already has a list …

Committee Charged With Overhauling Budget Process Nears Deadline

November 5th, 2018


A 16-member bipartisan, bicameral select committee is on the verge of proposing changes to the annual budget and appropriations process, including …

How Trump's Imagined Tax Cut Could Work

October 29th, 2018


President Donald Trump wants another tax cut for the middle class, a proposal that administration officials and members of Congress are now scrambling to make happen. CQ budget and appropriations editor Peter Cohn …

Despite the Rhetoric, Congress is Unlikely to Tackle Deficit, Entitlements

October 22nd, 2018


The rising deficit, the president's request for 5% in budget cuts and discussions of needing to trim Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security set off a …

Behind the Interest Rate Increases

October 15th, 2018


Stock market losses and interest rate increases by the Federal Reserve may be making some people jittery especially President Donald Trump. But none of it is abnormal, explains CQ's numbers guru, budget and …

Key House Appropriators Face Tough Midterm Elections

October 9th, 2018


Three Republican House Appropriations subcommittee chairmen - Kevin Yoder of Kansas, John Culberson of Texas and John Carter of Texas - face tough …

Border Wall Funding Battle Could Dominate Lame Duck

October 1st, 2018

It's not all 12 as they had hoped, but lawmakers did get five big spending bills signed into law, leaving seven others for the lame-duck session. The …

Fiscal Year Ends With Unclear Path for Government Funding

September 24th, 2018


With three spending bills signed into law, Congress is unlikely to pass all nine outstanding bills before the fiscal year ends on Sept. 30, says CQ appropriations reporter Kellie Mejdrich. Meantime, President Donald …

Spending Splurge

September 17th, 2018


House and Senate lawmakers made a deal to give the Pentagon a huge spending boost and defy President Donald Trump's call to cut various health, education and labor programs. CQ Defense reporter John M. Donnelly and …

Spending Milestone Within Reach

September 10th, 2018


Congress is racing to pass at least three spending bills as early as this week and is poised to make progress on others, says CQ Budget Tracker editor David Lerman. Time, however, is running out.

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