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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Democrats' Spending Bill Strategy

June 10th, 2019


House Democrats are packaging spending bills with the aim of completing all 12 by the end of the month, a goal that is likely to generate a lot of …

Ex CBO director knocks GOP on Obamacare and Congress for rising deficits

June 3rd, 2019


In an usually candid interview with CQ Roll Call's budget reporter Paul Krawzak, the ex Congressional Budget Office director Keith Hall said the …

House to consider disaster aid again after GOP Rep. Roy deals setback

May 28th, 2019


House lawmakers on Tuesday again will try to clear a $19.1 billion disaster aid package via unanimous consent after Republican Rep. Chip Roy of Texas blocked it Friday for a variety of reasons; delaying much needed …

Taliban money and fighter jets at issue in Pentagon's $690 billion bill

May 20th, 2019


House appropriators this week will take up the biggest of the 12 annual spending bills, the $690 billion Pentagon measure that includes some prickly issues such as funding for Taliban expenses for peace talks with the …

Stalemate over disaster aid frustrates states

May 13th, 2019


Lawmakers are struggling to find agreement on an aid package to help states recover from natural disasters, says CQ Roll Call's budget and …

Why Trump, Chuck and Nancy face huge hurdles in infrastructure spending plan

May 6th, 2019


CQ budget and appropriations editor Peter Cohn games out the prospects of the ambitious $2 trillion infrastructure spending package touted by President Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader …

Appropriations Season Begins and the Future of Social Security

April 29th, 2019


The writing of fiscal 2020 spending bills begins with the biggest nondefense measure, Labor-HHS-Education. CQ's health care reporter Andrew Siddons previews the bill and the partisan fights it triggers, including on gun …

Progressives Power Play:Pentagon-Level Spending for Nondefense Programs

April 15th, 2019


CQ Roll Call's appropriations reporter Kellie Mejdrich unpacks the demands and possible consequences of the Democratic party's progressives, who last …

Sen. Grassley Sees Chance to Pass Infrastructure, Drug Price Legislation

April 8th, 2019


CQ Budget and appropriations editor Peter Cohn sat down with Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, one of the longest and most influential members of Congress. Grassley says that he sees a good opportunity to work with …

Divided Democrats May Forgo a Budget Resolution

April 1st, 2019


The House Budget Committee may punt on a fiscal 2020 budget resolution to avoid exposing Democratic caucus fissures over tax and spending policy. But …

The Crime Victims Fund Is Not Just for Victims

March 25th, 2019


A fund designed to help crime victims is also used by lawmakers as an annual budgetary gimmick to help pay for other programs. But the victims fund is starting to run dry, making appropriations decisions tougher, as our …

How Congress Might Rewrite Trump's Budget

March 18th, 2019


The president has proposed deep cuts to planned spending in Medicare and Medicaid, while trying to uphold austere limits on nondefense discretionary …

Spending Deal at Mercy of Trump Budget, Debt Limit and Border Money

March 4th, 2019


President Donald Trump's fiscal 2020 budget request, due out next week, is likely to skirt a defense spending cap to boost the military while …

Breaking a Trust to Build the Wall

February 25th, 2019


CQ's award-winning defense reporter John M. Donnelly revealed that a Pentagon fund that President Donald Trump wants to use to pay for his wall is nearly depleted, forcing him to look elsewhere in the Pentagon budget …

Trump Ignites New Budget Fights by Targeting Pentagon Programs

February 19th, 2019


CQ defense reporter John M. Donnelly spells out how President Donald Trump's emergency action to raid Pentagon accounts to pay for a border wall …

Down to the Wire Amid Setback in Government Funding Talks

February 11th, 2019


A new snag over immigrant detention policy has thrown a monkey wrench into border security negotiations, as lawmakers look to prevent another …

Congress' Border Wall Funding Emergency

February 4th, 2019


Congressional negotiators are working to reach bipartisan agreement on a Homeland Security spending bill that can fend off another shutdown and thwart President Donald Trump's threat of declaring a national emergency, …

Congress Looks to Avert Another Shutdown

January 28th, 2019


CQ budget and appropriations reporters Kellie Mejdrich and Jennifer Shutt unpack what could happen in the next three weeks as lawmakers and the White …

Shutdown Could Cost Federal Workers Second Paycheck

January 22nd, 2019


The House and Senate are poised to consider legislation that could end the partial government shutdown — if the competing bills had any chance of …

Assessing the Bleak Options for Ending the Shutdown

January 14th, 2019


As the longest shutdown in modern history enters its fourth week, CQ's fiscal policy reporter Doug Sword assesses the options for ending the spending …

How Shutdown Will Sting Across the Board

January 7th, 2019


Within days of the government shutdown setting a record,  federal agencies, employees and the general public will begin to feel the pain, says CQ budget and appropriations reporter Kellie Mejdrich. She also gives the …

Hell Week Amid Shutdown Fears

December 17th, 2018


There is no plan at the moment to prevent a partial government shutdown at the end of the week over President Donald Trump's insistence for $5 billion for a border wall, explains CQ budget reporter Jennifer Shutt. She …

Trump's Christmas Wish List: Billions for Wildfire Suppression, Unaccompanied Children

December 10th, 2018


Just when lawmakers thought they had breathing room to hammer out a year-end spending deal, President Donald Trump drops a request for an extra $4.76 billion, technically referred to as anomalies. CQ's budget and …

Spending Talks About to Hit a Wall, New Tax Plan in Doubt

December 3rd, 2018


Lawmakers are racing against the clock to pass seven more spending bills, but their efforts are likely to be a struggle amid President Trump's insistence for $5 billion for the border wall that Democrats don't want to …

Tax Cuts to Be Revisited, Vows Sen. Van Hollen

November 28th, 2018


This is a special edition podcast to bring you an interview with a key lawmaker, Sen. Chris Van Hollen, about how Democrats will respond to …

Mueller Probe, Wall Funding Could Trip Up Spending Plan

November 28th, 2018


With just eight legislative days remaining to avoid a partial government shutdown, lawmakers will confront a slew of prickly issues, including Robert S. Mueller III's Russia investigation, in their government spending …

Surprise Roadblock Could Sideline Budget Overhaul Panel

November 19th, 2018


The co-chairwoman of the select committee tasked with overhauling the budget process threw her colleagues a curveball that could derail plans to …

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.

Hurdles to Passing Spending Bills

September 4th, 2018


House and Senate leaders like to brag about their respective chambers' progress on passing spending bills but not one has won final passage, CQ budget and appropriations reporter Kellie Mejdrich says. She unpacks the …

Appropriations Rush Before Midterms

August 27th, 2018


With the fiscal year ending Sept. 30 and midterm elections just around the corner, Republicans hope to pass nine spending bills to tout on the …

Senators Rebuke Trump on Education Funding

August 20th, 2018


The Senate takes up a spending package this week that rejects White House attempts to cut school funding by about 11 percent next year. CQ's Kellie …

Spending Bonanza Heads to Senate Floor

August 13th, 2018


The Senate will attempt to pass the two biggest spending bills of the year in one fell swoop. Consideration of the Defense and Labor-HHS-Education …

Speeding Through Spending Bills

August 6th, 2018


The Senate is racing through spending bills at a breakneck speed with strong bipartisan support, in contrast to its record of recent years.  CQ’s Ryan McCrimmon explains how the Senate was able to pick up its pace on …

Senate Set to Surpass House

July 30th, 2018


Senate lawmakers will try this week to outdo their House colleagues by passing a four-bill spending package —if they can overcome snags, says CQ …

Wall Funding That Isn't Coming From Mexico

July 23rd, 2018


House appropriators are set to give President Donald Trump some of the border wall funding he's been seeking, says CQ immigration reporter Dean DeChiaro. He explains what's in the Homeland Security spending bill.

New Costs for Veterans Health Slow Spending Bill Progress

July 16th, 2018


CQ budget reporter Kellie Mejdrich breaks down why Senate appropriators face stiff opposition from the House and White House over how to pay for a private health care program for veterans.

How the Summer Spending Stretch Is Shaping Up

July 9th, 2018


Congress returns from its Fourth of July break with expectations that it will tackle a robust spending agenda including the two chambers negotiating …

Ticking Debt Bomb

July 2nd, 2018


The Congressional Budget Office recently issued an alarming report on the nation's debt outlook, which CQ senior budget reporter Paul M. Krawzak says …

Unexpected Spending Trips Appropriators

June 25th, 2018


The Senate hit some speed bumps in its push last week to pass a package of spending bills including how to pay for private health care for veterans, says CQ appropriations reporter Kellie Mejdrich. 

A Flurry of Budget Activity

June 18th, 2018


CQ budget and appropriations reporter Jennifer Shutt breaks down the various budget measures Congress will take up this week, including the …

Minibus, Rescission Package Go to Senate, But Can They Pass?

June 11th, 2018


The House moved two big appropriations packages — a bundle of spending bills and a measure to cancel almost $15 billion already allocated — but their future remains uncertain amid Democratic opposition.

Here Come the Minibuses

June 4th, 2018


The House takes up its first package of spending bills — a minibus — for fiscal 2019 this week, while the Appropriations committees continue to mark up their remaining bills ahead of floor action. CQ Budget and …

Putting Trump's Immigration Crackdown in Context

June 1st, 2018


President Donald Trump's move to criminally prosecute migrants crossing the border illegally, and to separate them from their children, aims to end the longstanding practice of releasing immigrants into the country, …

House-Senate Tussle Over Spending Bills

May 29th, 2018


Lawmakers know how much money they can have for the 12 spending bills but the House wants to give a huge chunk of it for Homeland Security, leaving no room for any increase to the Labor-HHS-Education bill, says CQ …

Potential Hiccups to the Interior-Environment Spending Bill

May 21st, 2018


The House Appropriations Committee takes up a spending bill to provide fiscal 2019 funding for the Interior Department and the EPA—attracting riders …

Children's Insurance Program Sparks Divisions in Rescission Package

May 14th, 2018


CQ appropriations reporter Jennifer Shutt outlines the obstacles lawmakers could face in advancing the Trump administration's proposal to claw back …

First House Spending Bills Address #MeToo, Marijuana, Gitmo and More

May 7th, 2018


It's not a joke! House appropriators are starting to mark up two spending bills this week. CQ appropriations reporter Kellie Mejdrich breaks down what's in the Military Construction-VA title, while reporter Katherine …

Spending Bill Strategy

April 30th, 2018


Republican lawmakers are hoping to be able to pass several of the 12 spending bills before the 2019 fiscal year begins Oct. 1. CQ appropriations reporter Jennifer Shutt explains how that might work.  

GOP Farm Bill Targets Food Stamps, Heads for House Vote

April 23rd, 2018


On the heels of Republican leaders calling for cuts to entitlement programs, a GOP-written farm bill is headed to the House for a vote, angering …

Pitfalls Under New Tax Law

April 16th, 2018


With tax day on Tuesday, CQ budget and tax editor Peter Cohn takes a look at the impact the new tax law will have on individual taxpayers and the …

Back to the Future for the 2018 Spending Bill

April 9th, 2018


Republican lawmakers and President Donald Trump are mulling going back to the 2018 omnibus and cutting programs already funded by the spending bill …

The GOP's About-Face on Deficits

April 2nd, 2018


Democrats say the GOP is being hypocritical to call for a balanced budget amendment after passing legislation that skyrocketed the deficit. CQ appropriations reporter Ryan McCrimmon unpacks what's behind the GOP's drive.

Fiscal 2019 Holds Same Old Problems

March 26th, 2018


The fiscal 2018 omnibus is finally law. But, Congress is already prepping to take on the fiscal 2019 appropriations process. Despite optimism, meeting the Oct. 1 fiscal year deadline will be an uphill climb, says CQ …

Top Appropriators Seek Hometown Cash as Shutdown Threat Nears

March 19th, 2018


CQ appropriations reporters Kellie Mejdrich and Ryan McCrimmon explain how a committee chairmanship can pay off in more ways than one and why Republicans are once again talking about another round of tax cuts.

Abortion Rift Slows Spending Bill Progress

March 12th, 2018


CQ budget and appropriations reporter Jennifer Shutt explains how the latest negotiations to arrive at a fiscal 2018 catchall spending bill have been …

The Policy Fights That Could Upend Final 2018 Spending Bill

March 5th, 2018


With half of fiscal year 2018 already behind them, lawmakers are struggling with a catch-all spending bill to fund the rest of the year, but …

Guns, Immigration Could Trip Up Long-Awaited 2018 Spending Plan

February 26th, 2018


CQ budget and appropriations reporter Ryan McCrimmon previews what lawmakers are likely to include in a catch-all fiscal 2018 spending bill and the …

Trump Budget Could Conflict With Spending Plans

February 12th, 2018


Roll Call senior Senate reporter Niels Lesniewski and CQ appropriations reporter Jennifer Shutt preview the Trump administration's fiscal 2019 budget …

Another Stopgap Coming as Congress Readies to Spend, Spend, Spend

February 5th, 2018


Negotiations to keep the government funded beyond Feb. 8 are underway, as lawmakers prepare to add even more to the nation's credit card, say CQ's …

Hoping to Avoid Another Shutdown

January 29th, 2018


CQ appropriations reporter Jennifer Shutt talks about the various hurdles lawmakers will need to overcome to prevent another government shutdown.​

Shutdown Scramble

January 22nd, 2018


CQ Budget Tracker Editor David Lerman has the latest on the government shutdown and why Senate lawmakers are at an impasse.


Inching Toward a Spending Spree

January 16th, 2018


CQ budget reporter Paul M. Krawzak explains the negotiations to lift the budget caps by as much as $250 billion over two years.  

Congress' Spending Quagmire

January 8th, 2018


The Budget Tracker Extra Podcast is now CQ Budget. New look but same great show. 

CQ's budget and appropriations reporter Ryan McCrimmon explains the obstacles faced by lawmakers to lifting the spending caps and …

The Long and Winding Road to A Spending Deal

December 18th, 2017


CQ budget and appropriations editor Peter Cohn explains why a long-running standoff over spending limits is complicating passage of a stopgap measure needed to avoid a government shutdown come Christmas.

Defense, Domestic Budget Increases Crucial for Long-Term Spending Deal

December 11th, 2017


CQ appropriations reporters Kellie Mejdrich and Jennifer Shutt discuss the two-week spending bill that averted a government shutdown and look at how lawmakers may keep the government funded beyond Dec. 22.  

GOP's Band-Aid Deal to Avert a Shutdown

December 4th, 2017


CQ budget reporter Jennifer Shutt explains the continuing resolution to fund the government through Dec. 22 and a temporary funding fix for the …

A Two-Year Budget Deal in the Making

November 20th, 2017


CQ's Paul M. Krawzak spells out the progress lawmakers are making on reaching a two-year budget deal that would most likely lift the 2011 …

How the Tax Cuts Could Stymie Economic Growth

November 13th, 2017


The Republican writers of the tax overhaul say that lowering taxes on corporations and others would spur economic growth even if the cuts produce a …

The GOP Tax Plan Unpacked

November 6th, 2017


In a special episode of The Week Ahead and Budget Tracker Extra podcasts, CQ journalists Shawn Zeller, David Lerman and Peter Cohn take a deep dive …

GOP Tax Plan: 'Square Peg Into Round Hole'

October 30th, 2017


Republicans are quickly trying to pass a tax overhaul plan but indications are that obstacles are around every corner, say CQ Tax Editor Catalina …

Don't Pop the Champagne Just Yet on Tax Overhaul

October 23rd, 2017


Republicans hailed their budget resolution as the key to unlocking a tax code overhaul, but history suggests a partisan tax bill could still face a …

Trump Kneecapping Obamacare Adds to Year-End Spending Hurdles

October 16th, 2017


Health care, border wall funding and legislation for Dreamers and an assortment of other issues are piling up and likely to complicate efforts for a year-end spending deal to avert a partial government shutdown, says CQ …

Dueling Budget Plans Amid Increasing Hurricane Aid

October 10th, 2017


House and Senate Republicans are likely to wrangle over their competing budget resolutions to pave the way for a tax overhaul, says CQ budget …

The Path Ahead for the Budget Resolutions

October 2nd, 2017


Both chambers are hoping to move on their respective budget resolutions that would pave the way for the much-ballyhooed tax overhaul, says CQ budget …

Why Any Tax Cuts Could Be Temporary

September 25th, 2017


CQ budget reporter Paul M. Krawzak explains why a Senate budget resolution would add between $750 billion and $1.5 trillion or more to the deficit …

Next Battlefront:Lifting the Spending Caps

September 18th, 2017


Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle would like to lift the spending limits established by law, says CQ's budget reporter Jennifer Shutt, adding that …

GOP Clashes Could Complicate Tax Deal

September 11th, 2017


Republican lawmakers are eager to craft a budget resolution that would ease passage of a tax overhaul, but already divisions are emerging. CQ …

Fiscal Deadlines Loom for Congress

September 5th, 2017


Congress has barely a month to pass a spending bill to avoid a government shutdown, even as President Trump pushes for border wall funding and pressure builds to approve an aid package for Hurricane Harvey. But as CQ’s …

Tax Overhaul Path Unclear Amid Budget Chair's Expected Departure

August 14th, 2017


Action on the fiscal 2018 budget resolution that is key to a tax overhaul remains uncertain as House Budget Committee Chairwoman Diane Black is …

Congress' Perfect Fall Storm

August 7th, 2017


Lawmakers scurried out of Washington for the August recess but what they left undone, says CQ budget reporter Kellie Mejdrich, will not only …

Why the Just Passed Minibus Is Going Nowhere

July 31st, 2017


Lawmakers spent a considerable amount of time last week working on and passing four security-related spending bills in a bundle — a so called minibus …

Much to Do About a Budget With No Clear Outcome

July 24th, 2017


A flurry of activity has kept lawmakers busy setting spending levels for various programs, writing a budget blueprint and talking about a tax …

No Budget, No Problem

July 17th, 2017


It’s back to the future for House lawmakers who are once again this year considering bundling up in an omnibus all 12 fiscal 2018 spending bills to keep the government funded beyond September, a shortcut avenue in the …

The Many Hurdles to a Budget Plan

July 10th, 2017


The health care debate has taken up valuable time and lawmakers don’t appear to be any closer to a resolution, which means efforts to craft a fiscal …

House Republicans Ignore Trump on Budget

June 26th, 2017


Even as a budget agreement remains elusive for Congress, House lawmakers have reached a couple of decisions: a significant funding boost for defense and around $511 billion for all else—largely ignoring President Donald …

The Budget Disconnect Within the Trump Administration

June 19th, 2017

As lawmakers start to work on fiscal 2018 spending bills, some Cabinet secretaries who appear before them are doing little to defend President Donald Trump’s budget request, say CQ budget reporters Kellie Mejdrich and …

The Big Chill for Trump Budget

June 12th, 2017


Lawmakers are starting to work on next fiscal year’s federal spending plan with nearly 30 hearings coming up — even though they’ve given a thumbs down to President Trump’s budget request and have no idea how much they …

Lawmakers Could Seek Another Funding Shortcut

June 5th, 2017


Lawmakers return to the Hill this week with a slew of committee hearings on the fiscal 2018 spending bills, say CQ budget reporters Ryan McCrimmon and Jennifer Shutt. There’s just one problem:lawmakers will be working …

Fuzzy Math in Trump Budget Obscures Size of Medicaid Cuts

May 30th, 2017


The Trump administration’s first full budget request has left some lawmakers scratching their head, says CQ Budget Tracker editor David Lerman, over …

New Jersey’s Favored Son in Hot Water

May 22nd, 2017


Republican Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen could face an ethics investigation after he created problems on the job for a liberal activist, says CQ budget …

All the Cuts in Trump’s First Full Budget

May 15th, 2017


As the White House turmoil grips Washington, policymakers have been working quietly on President Donald Trump’s 2018 full budget request, which is …

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