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CQ Roll Call’s budget tracker David Lerman explains how lawmakers in Congress spend the nation’s money.

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Military budget set to swell

June 24th, 2022

27:30

Two major congressional committees have now spoken on the fiscal 2023 Pentagon budget. Peter Cohn and John M. Donnelly discuss how the Armed Services panels will keep the pressure on appropriators to add tens of …

Defense spending battle lines

June 17th, 2022

25:38

A bipartisan Senate defense authorization bill upped the ante on defense spending for the coming fiscal year. CQ Roll Call's David Lerman and Peter …

Appropriations kickoff

June 10th, 2022

22:08

House appropriators are about to begin their markups on fiscal 2023 spending bills after taking a shortcut on a budget blueprint. CQ Roll Call's …

UFO's in budget projections

May 27th, 2022

26:32

A new 10-year budget forecast shows soaring revenue increases that the Congressional Budget Office acknowledged it can't fully explain. CQ Roll …

Pandemic aid derailment

May 20th, 2022

26:26

Senate spending hawks blocked a $48 billion aid package for restaurants and some other small businesses. CQ Roll Call's David Lerman and Lindsey …

Senate fumble on Ukraine aid

May 13th, 2022

24:48

A lone senator's objection stymied bipartisan hopes for speedy passage of a $40 billion Ukraine aid measure. CQ Roll Call's David Lerman and Peter …

Aid package puzzle

May 6th, 2022

24:34

Disputes over school meal waivers, immigration policy and business assistance are some of the moving pieces complicating aid measures for Ukraine and …

Aid quandary for Congress

April 29th, 2022

26:29

New aid for Ukraine is tied up in a fight over pandemic relief and immigration policy. CQ Roll Call's David Lerman and Peter Cohn explain the tangle …

Unfinished fiscal agenda

April 15th, 2022

24:10

Lawmakers face a jam-packed agenda after the April recess that includes pandemic aid, restaurant relief, a semiconductor manufacturing measure, fiscal 2023 appropriations, and possibly a resurrected "Build Back Better" …

Pandemic aid package derailed

April 8th, 2022

17:36

A $10 billion aid package for COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics fell victim to the politics of immigration. CQ Roll Call's David Lerman and Aidan …

Partisan fiscal clash resumes

April 1st, 2022

22:43

President Joe Biden's budget request for the coming fiscal year sets the stage for a replay of the partisan struggle over defense and nondefense …

What to expect in the Biden administration budget

March 25th, 2022

17:56

President Joe Biden's fiscal 2023 budget request, due Monday, will propose new spending levels for defense and nondefense programs at a time of …

Tax breaks percolating

March 18th, 2022

19:16

While the fiscal 2022 omnibus spending package steered clear of tax legislation, lawmakers are preparing to push for several tax measures in coming months, including breaks for charitable donations, research and …

Omnibus spending deal done

March 11th, 2022

24:25

It came more than five months late, but omnibus appropriations for the current fiscal year made it across the finish line this week. CQ Roll Call's …

Countdown to a spending deal

March 4th, 2022

20:03

With one week to go before current government funding runs out, lawmakers are struggling to reach a deal on fiscal 2022 appropriations while accommodating a new White House request for additional Ukraine aid and …

What's happening with infrastructure spending?

February 11th, 2022

25:55

Big spending increases for roads and other transportation projects approved in the bipartisan infrastructure law remain on hold until Congress passes …

Two weeks and counting

February 4th, 2022

16:05

The path to avoiding a government shutdown is changing by the hour. And if an agreement on spending isn't reached in two weeks, the government will …

Budget priorities clash in coming months

January 28th, 2022

19:21

Democrats have so much to do and so little time. Congress faces a Feb. 18 deadline to complete overdue appropriations but distractions are …

Getting something done

January 21st, 2022

18:08

President Biden and others have spoken this week about breaking apart the behemoth reconciliation package known as "Build Back Better" to pass pieces …

Movement on the appropriations process?

January 14th, 2022

18:40

Lead appropriators from both sides of the aisle are sitting down to chat. Polite chatter in the hallways of Congress has replaced boisterous …

New year’s outlook for reconciliation package and appropriations

January 7th, 2022

16:56

CQ Roll Call’s Jennifer Shutt and David Lerman look ahead to negotiations around the roughly $2 trillion reconciliation package and appropriations …

Democrats look to new year to pass tax and spending package

December 17th, 2021

20:53

Democratic leaders hoped to pass a $2.2 trillion climate change and social safety package known as Build Back Better by Christmas. Instead, negotiations between President Joe Biden and West Virginia's Senator Joe …

Senate clears procedural debt limit measure

December 10th, 2021

21:23

The Senate cleared a bill to let Democrats increase the debt limit on their own, delaying the next bipartisan debate over the debt limit until after …

So much to do, so little time

December 3rd, 2021

25:51

There is so much left for Congress to do before the end of the year — a vote on the debt limit and the sweeping climate and social spending package. But divisions are so sharp that even the smallest of tasks like …

At last, House passes massive reconciliation package

November 19th, 2021

15:33

The House voted 220-213 Friday morning to send the Senate the $2.2 trillion reconciliation package -- capping off overnight drama when GOP leader Kevin McCarthy stalled passage while speaking for more than eight hours. 

Will the reconciliation bill pass soon?

November 12th, 2021

21:36

The House could vote as soon as next week on the roughly $2 trillion reconciliation package, sending it to the Senate where it's provisions could be …

Reconciliation at risk

November 5th, 2021

19:09

Financing concerns left moderate Democrats queasy about voting for a budget reconciliation package to expand the safety net and combat climate change. The plan hinges on new taxes, prescription drug cost savings, and …

The skinny on the stripped down reconciliation framework

October 29th, 2021

21:32

President Biden presented House Democrats with a $1.75 trillion reconciliation framework text this week. CQ Roll Call’s Jennifer Shutt and David …

What's the meaning of compromise?

October 22nd, 2021

19:07

When it comes to reconciliation, reducing the original price tag by $1.5 trillion has left a lot on the floor. President Joe Biden signaled Democrats are close now, or at least closer, to a final package. A Medicare …

What’s next for the reconciliation bill?

October 15th, 2021

18:28

Democrats have two weeks to meet a self-imposed deadline to pass a reconciliation bill, but a rift between moderate and progressive Democrats over …

Debt limit crisis averted, for now

October 8th, 2021

21:06

The Senate approved a short-term debt limit patch Thursday night, raising borrowing authority by $480 billion, but the compromise agreement between Senate leaders doesn’t provide much time to reach a longer-term …

President Biden's domestic agenda at stake

October 1st, 2021

19:07

The House could vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill Friday, but progressive Democrats plan to vote against the measure unless the Senate …

Stopgap funding faces uncertainty in the Senate

September 24th, 2021

19:30

The House passed a bill that would fund the government through Dec. 3, but it still needs to pass the evenly divided Senate. CQ Roll Call’s Jennifer …

Where things stand on reconciliation

September 17th, 2021

20:39

House Democrats wrapped up markups for the 13 sections of the reconciliation package this week, sending the draft text to the Budget Committee where …

Uncertainty surrounds budget resolution for as it heads to House

August 13th, 2021

19:12

The House is set to take up the fiscal 2022 budget resolution the week of Aug. 23, but moderates are threatening to block the tax and spending …

Playing chicken with the debt limit

August 6th, 2021

20:41

An upcoming decision on whether to raise or suspend the debt limit is shaping up to be one of the more challenging legislative battles this year. CQ …

Senate infrastructure deal secured

July 30th, 2021

19:38

The Senate voted this week to advance bipartisan infrastructure legislation with $550 billion in new spending over the next 5 years. CQ Roll Call’s …

First appropriations bills head to House floor

July 23rd, 2021

20:39

The House is taking up seven appropriations bills as one package next week, bringing debates about federal funding for abortion, environmental policy …

Budget reconciliation package outline set at $3.5 trillion

July 16th, 2021

21:08

Senate Democrats agreed this week to work toward a $3.5 trillion reconciliation package, which would fund major programs President Joe Biden proposed …

What awaits Congress before summer recess

July 9th, 2021

21:34

Both chambers are expected to debate and vote on a fiscal 2022 budget resolution with reconciliation instructions, while the Senate is planning to …

Bipartisan infrastructure plan reached

June 25th, 2021

17:06

The Biden administration has reached an agreement with a group of bipartisan senators on an infrastructure package, but issues remain. CQ Roll Call’s …

Democrats go big with new spending proposal

June 18th, 2021

18:42

Senate Democrats are preparing to draft a fiscal 2022 budget resolution with up to $6 trillion in reconciliation spending during the next decade. CQ …

Spending season begins with uncertainty

June 11th, 2021

19:12

House Democrats are preparing to approve a roughly $1.5 trillion total discretionary spending level in a deeming resolution so appropriators can …

Appropriators prepare for abortion funding fight

June 4th, 2021

14:55

Democrats plan to remove the Hyde amendment from the House appropriations measure, igniting a battle with Republicans. CQ Roll Call’s Jennifer Shutt …

Looking ahead at a busy appropriations season

May 21st, 2021

20:55

June and July are going to be busy for lawmakers as Congress looks to tackle a budget resolution, appropriations bills, debt limit …

Infrastructure week, again

May 14th, 2021

16:43

Negotiations on a bipartisan infrastructure compromise gained new momentum after President Biden met this week with GOP senators. The one thing …

Budget season preview

May 7th, 2021

22:53

Lawmakers are bracing for a hectic few months, with President Biden’s budget request expected by Memorial Day, House committee markups in June, and a potential reconciliation bill for Biden’s infrastructure, education …

Biden goes even bigger on spending

April 30th, 2021

18:57

President Joe Biden outlined his plan for spending big on key areas in his prime-time address to Congress, calling for over $4 trillion in new …

Senate Republicans push for $568 billion counteroffer on infrastructure

April 23rd, 2021

17:50

Senate Republicans unveiled a five-year, $568 billion infrastructure proposal on Thursday that they hope can be a starting point for negotiations with Democrats. Senate Budget Chairman Bernie Sanders says the proposal …

Democrats torn over strategy for passing $2T infrastructure plan

April 16th, 2021

17:46

Democrats are struggling to decide whether to pursue a bipartisan infrastructure bill or go it alone through another budget reconciliation process. Some are advocating a two-step strategy that combines both approaches, …

Boosting domestic spending

April 9th, 2021

16:34

The Biden administration on Friday released its wish list for discretionary spending for fiscal 2022. The proposal would boost non-defense spending …

Why a $2 trillion infrastructure plan is a heavy lift

April 2nd, 2021

18:02

The Biden administration says its $2 trillion infrastructure plan would boost the economy, fight climate change and address racial inequity. But …

White House set to unveil budget framework

March 26th, 2021

18:33

The Biden administration is set to share an outline of a fiscal 2022 discretionary budget request next week, kicking off the annual budget and …

The return of earmarks in Congress

March 19th, 2021

18:34

The House Republican Conference will allow its members to submit earmark requests, ending a decade-old prohibition. CQ Roll Call’s Jennifer Shutt and …

House to vote on Senate-amended coronavirus bill

March 9th, 2021

17:14

The House is set to vote on the revised $1.9 trillion COVID-19 aid bill as soon as Wednesday with the votes expected be on party lines. CQ Roll …

Senate to take up $1.9 trillion aid bill

March 2nd, 2021

17:52

Now that the House has passed President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid bill, the Senate will take it up this week in what is likely to be a party-line vote. But the Senate may make changes to the bill, such …

Tanden in hot water over confirmation

February 23rd, 2021

17:29

Neera Tanden, the nominee to lead the Office of Management and Budget, is facing an uphill battle to get confirmed after multiple senators, including …

Teeing up COVID-19 relief package for debate next week

February 16th, 2021

19:34

The House Budget Committee is set to assemble the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package this week through the budget reconciliation process. CQ Roll …

House Democrats tinker with $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan

February 9th, 2021

17:24

House Democrats are barreling ahead with the budget reconciliation process, with committees spending the week marking up their portions of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan. But major changes are …

Can the $618 billion GOP relief plan push the needle on bipartisanship?

February 2nd, 2021

18:20

Ten Republican senators released a $618 billion COVID-19 relief plan before meeting with President Joe Biden on Monday. Their alternative package cuts many Democratic priorities. Meanwhile, Democrats released a budget …

Biden weighs strategy for COVID-19 relief

January 26th, 2021

18:09

Republicans are already signaling that they don’t support the Biden administration’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan, potentially forcing …

The Biden administration goes big on COVID-19 relief

January 19th, 2021

13:56

The Biden administration has put forth a $1.9 trillion proposal for COVID-19 relief. CQ Roll Call’s Jennifer Shutt and David Lerman break down what …

How does budget reconciliation work?

January 12th, 2021

18:04

With slim majorities in the House and Senate, Democrats are likely going to rely heavily on budget reconciliation to pass major legislation. What is …

New House rules loosen fiscal restraints

January 5th, 2021

15:32

The House adopted its rules package for the 117th Congress on Monday. The rules remove fiscal constraints on deficit-increasing legislation as long …

Congress clears omnibus spending package with coronavirus relief

December 22nd, 2020

19:41

CQ Roll Call’s David Lerman and Jennifer Shutt discuss the $1.4 trillion spending package, breaking down what’s in it and where the $900 billion in …

Will COVID-19 aid be contained in the government spending package?

December 15th, 2020

16:29

Lawmakers are close to releasing text on a $1.4 trillion omnibus spending package which keep the government funded for the next year. But despite hope that COVID-19 relief might be a part of the spending package, key …

Bumps in the road for $908 billion bipartisan COVID-19 aid deal

December 8th, 2020

15:20

The $908 billion bipartisan plan for COVID-19 aid, which left many optimistic of a deal last week, is now being held up again over the fine print. Among the chief concerns for both parties are liability protections for …

Nominee for White House OMB, Neera Tanden, comes under fire by GOP

December 1st, 2020

15:03

President-elect Joe Biden has selected Neera Tanden to be White House budget director. She would be the first woman of color to oversee the Office of …

Democrats eager to revive earmarks

November 24th, 2020

20:05

House Democrats are planning on bringing back earmarks at the start of the next Congress. What does that mean for the appropriations process? CQ Roll …

COVID-19 relief and omnibus spending bill face long odds

November 17th, 2020

18:29

The odds are seemingly against a robust COVID-19 relief package and omnibus appropriations bill passing during the lame-duck session. What does this …

How the transition of power may affect spending

November 10th, 2020

17:58

President-elect Joe Biden is beginning his transition into the White House, but President Trump continues to contest the outcome of the election, threatening legal action in key states that have been called for Biden. …

How will a strong showing from Republicans this election affect the budget process?

November 4th, 2020

16:23

While votes are still being counted in close races, Democrats are beginning to grapple with the likelihood of a narrow House majority and continued …

How the election may impact the spending process

October 27th, 2020

18:12

CQ Roll Call’s David Lerman and Jennifer Shutt explain the various ways the election outcomes could impact the appropriations process during the lame …

Pre-election deadline looms for coronavirus aid deal

October 20th, 2020

15:28

Congressional leaders and the White House must reach agreement on a coronavirus aid deal Tuesday if they want it to become law before Election Day. But Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin still …

Republicans and Trump at odds over coronavirus relief

October 13th, 2020

17:06

President Donald Trump and GOP leaders are at odds over how much COVID-19 aid the government should spend with Trump saying he wants negotiators to …

Could we see the return of earmarks?

October 6th, 2020

19:08

After years of scandal, Congress banned earmarks in 2011. But growing bipartisan support for congressionally directed spending could could lead to a …

Democrats release new COVID-19 relief bill

September 29th, 2020

18:26

As part of a last-ditch effort to secure new COVID-19 aid before the presidential election, House Democrats released a $2.2 trillion COVID-19 relief package on Monday night. But does it move the needle on COVID-19 …

House Democrats draft stopgap funding bill without Republican support

September 22nd, 2020

16:16

With only days remaining in the current fiscal year, congressional leaders are struggling to pass a stopgap funding measure to avoid a partial …

Lawmakers navigate politics in tackling a stopgap funding measure

September 15th, 2020

20:41

Congress needs a continuing resolution to avoid a partial government shutdown next month. But how long should government operate on a stopgap? CQ …

Debt levels set to break records

September 8th, 2020

16:22

A dire outlook for a ballooning deficit is the latest hit to the U.S. economy, according to new Congressional Budget Office report. CQ Roll Call’s …

Trump forced through some COVID-19 relief. Now what?

August 11th, 2020

15:22

President Donald Trump signed a number of executive actions last weekend to provide some COVID-19 aid, including suspending payroll tax collection …

COVID-19 relief talks progress slowly

August 4th, 2020

18:47

Trump administration officials and congressional leaders seem to be making some progress on the next COVID-19 relief bill following more than a week …

Senate Republicans release their COVID-19 relief bill. Is it enough?

July 28th, 2020

17:09

CQ Roll Call’s David Lerman and Jennifer Shutt discuss the latest COVID-19 relief bill from Senate Republicans, breaking down its provisions, …

COVID-19 aid negotiations ramp up

July 21st, 2020

16:54

Republican leaders are expected to unveil what they want in the next COVID-19 aid package this week, targeting small-business loans, money for …

What’s in the Labor-HHS-Education bill for fiscal 2021?

July 14th, 2020

16:02

CQ Roll Call’s David Lerman and Jennifer Shutt discuss some of the key provisions in the fiscal 2021 Labor-HHS-Education spending bill, including …

Confederate statues, COVID-19, nuclear testing mark appropriations process

July 7th, 2020

19:36

House Democrats have unveiled fiscal 2021 spending bills that amount to an assault on the Trump administration agenda. CQ Roll Call's David Lerman …

COVID-19’s impact on Social Security and Medicare trust funds

June 30th, 2020

16:04

An economic recession triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic means a drop in payroll tax revenues that finance the Social Security and Medicare trust …

Breakdown in the Senate appropriations process

June 23rd, 2020

15:19

Partisan tensions over coronavirus aid and police brutality now threaten to derail the Senate appropriations process, while the House Appropriations …

Appropriators face busy summer following COVID-19 delays

June 15th, 2020

15:28

The annual appropriations process is starting later than normal this year due to coronavirus-related delays. CQ Roll Call’s David Lerman and Jennifer …

Surprising jobs report could slow next coronavirus aid package

June 8th, 2020

12:53

A modest decline in unemployment last month gave Republicans fresh ammunition to slow the timing and scale back the size of the next relief package. …

Disparity between police and fire departments over virus aid

June 2nd, 2020

10:27

Police and fire departments were promised millions of dollars in aid as part of a coronavirus relief package passed in March. While police grants are …

The cost of battling multiple disasters

May 27th, 2020

14:35

Emergency relief agencies, already stretched thin by the corornavirus, are bracing for above-average hurricane and wildfire seasons. CQ Roll Call’s …

The House passed a $3 trillion aid package. Now what?

May 18th, 2020

12:37

The House narrowly passed a $3 trillion aid package late Friday, but Senate Republicans are already calling it dead on arrival. CQ Roll Call’s David …

House Democrats set the bar for the next coronavirus relief bill

May 13th, 2020

13:16

House Democrats on Tuesday released their proposal for the fifth coronavirus relief bill. CQ Roll Call’s David Lerman and Jennifer Shutt discuss …

A long road ahead for the next coronavirus relief bill

May 5th, 2020

17:02

With debate heating up on a new relief package, CQ Roll Call's David Lerman and Jennifer Shutt discuss what both parties want in it and how partisan …

The US may be heading into one of the worst recessions in history

April 27th, 2020

13:09

The COVID-19 pandemic is sending shockwaves throughout the U.S. economy. The Congressional Budget Office’s latest projections show economic output …

Congress reaches agreement for a fourth relief bill, but is it enough?

April 22nd, 2020

13:25

After a long two weeks of negotiating, Congress reached agreement on the next round of aid for the coronavirus pandemic. CQ Roll Call’s Jennifer …

Congress struggles to find a solution for small business funding

April 13th, 2020

15:58

Lawmakers are at odds over when and how to provide $251 billion in additional funding for the forgivable small business loan program known as the Paycheck Protection Program. Financial services reporter Jim Saksa joins …

Congressional leaders lay down markers for fourth relief package

April 6th, 2020

13:19

CQ Roll Call’s David Lerman and Jennifer Shutt discuss ongoing negotiations for a fourth aid package to address the health care and economic impacts …

What happens to the appropriations process now?

April 1st, 2020

11:31

With COVID-19 legislation taking up all the oxygen on Capitol Hill and lawmakers largely out of town during April, typical appropriations routines …

Coronavirus emergency funding is just getting started

March 9th, 2020

12:34

Funding for managing the coronavirus has been passed and signed by President Trump, but it appears to be just the beginning as the virus impacts more …

Union pension funds trigger congressional rescue efforts

March 2nd, 2020

15:05

The Teamsters union’s largest pension fund is famous for appearing as a cash cow for mobsters in movies, most recently "The Irishman," but the …

Candidates already jockeying to lead House Appropriations Committee

February 24th, 2020

15:12

The race to succeed Nita M. Lowey, chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, is already underway. Jennifer Shutt and David Lerman discuss the three official contenders, their experiences on various subcommittees …

Military weapons funding takes hit for border wall

February 18th, 2020

13:29

Military projects championed by key Republican lawmakers will lose $3.8 billion in funding under a Trump administration proposal to divert it to …

Top takeaways from Trump's latest budget proposal

February 11th, 2020

18:52

The president unveiled his fiscal 2021 budget request Monday. In this episode, we share our key takeaways and some caveats: it's a budget released by a president up for re-election, and it's very challenging for any …

Infrastructure week is back again

February 3rd, 2020

13:40

House Democrats are making another attempt to pass a big infrastructure spending program, and both parties say they want one. But they've been saying that for years now and there’s been no real progress. So what’s this …

The most wonderful time of the year: budget forecast release week

January 27th, 2020

14:50

The House has returned from recess and the impeachment trial continues on, but that's not what has David and Jenn the most excited — they're ready for the Congressional Budget Office to release its annual budget …

Congress faces narrow spending increase as VA health care costs balloon

January 21st, 2020

15:36

There is no room for big increases in FY 2021 appropriations bills, even though veterans health care faces much higher costs. CQ Roll Call reporter …

Previewing the appropriations process in 2020

January 13th, 2020

16:08

CQ Roll Call reporter Jennifer Shutt joins the podcast to share her predictions on what we can expect from the year to come in the appropriations …

Talking Taxes 2020

January 6th, 2020

12:10

Tax reporter Doug Sword sits down with guest host Jennifer Shutt to explain why Congress added so many tax bills to a massive spending package and what exactly those provisions will mean during the upcoming year. CQ …

Year-end spending deal avoids government shutdown

December 17th, 2019

17:49

With fiscal 2020 appropriations finally complete, CQ Roll Call's budget and tax editor Peter Cohn explains what got funded, what it means, and what …

Lawmakers appear eager to reach year-end spending deal

December 9th, 2019

15:18

A big week in appropriations could end a months-long partisan stalemate on federal funding. Appropriations and congressional leaders are scrambling …

The outlook for a year-end tax bill

December 2nd, 2019

16:56

There’s been talk for months about plans for a year-end package that would extend more than two dozen popular tax breaks that have expired or are …

Congress barreling toward agreement on stopgap funding measure, avoiding a shutdown before holiday

November 18th, 2019

14:58

The impeachment hearings are getting all the attention, but there's other big news on the Hill this week. Congress must fund the government by Thursday to avoid a government shut down. At this point, it seems like …

Senate budget writers offer up a revamped budget process

November 12th, 2019

18:44

The Senate Budget Committee drafted legislation for an overhaul of the broken budget process that includes a move toward biennial budgets. But any …

Congress struggles to agree on funding as November deadline looms

November 4th, 2019

11:03

Congress needs to reach agreement on a second continuing resolution before funding runs out on Nov. 21 to avoid a partial government shutdown. But …

Budget deficit nears the $1 trillion mark

October 28th, 2019

13:28

The fiscal 2019 deficit was up 26 percent over the 2018 level. Paul M. Krawzak unpacks what accounts for the rising red ink.

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Bipartisan cooperation put to the test in Senate

October 21st, 2019

16:23

Senate leaders hope to break a weeks-long stalemate by pushing long-delayed spending bills to the floor for votes this week. But the effort will test the ability of the two parties to cooperate when a funding dispute …

Power struggle over the House Appropriations Committee

October 14th, 2019

13:42

Last week, the House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman, Democrat Nita Lowey of New York, announced she will be retiring from Congress at the end of …

Averting a government shutdown

September 23rd, 2019

16:07

The Senate takes up a stopgap funding measure to avoid a government shutdown next month. But the continuing resolution does a lot more than just …

Why partisan spending allocations spell trouble for the appropriations process

September 16th, 2019

15:18

After months of delay, Senate appropriators finally got to work on their spending bills for the new fiscal year, which begins in just two weeks. But it was a slower start than lawmakers had hoped for, and unlike last …

Can Congress avoid a shutdown?

September 9th, 2019

16:17

Congress is finally back in town after a long summer recess and the race is on to avoid a government shutdown before the new fiscal year begins Oct. 1. Not one of the 12 annual spending bills needed to fund the …

Friction over diverted disaster aid ahead of Hurricane Dorian

September 3rd, 2019

14:01

Even though Congress is still in a prolonged summer recess, spending battles between the White House and Congress have only been multiplying. The …

Tax cuts: Four flips in four days.

August 26th, 2019

11:44

With worries about a possible recession in the near future, the Trump administration has thrown around the idea of implementing new tax cuts to help …

ICYMI: The Democrats' tax package explained

August 19th, 2019

15:09

House Democrats are pushing new changes to the tax code aimed at helping low income individuals and families, with some lawmakers calling for an …

CQ Roll Call Analysis: Lower spending, deficits partially due to budget control law

August 12th, 2019

13:11

CQ Roll Call's Budget Editor Peter Cohn combed through the numbers since Congress passed the Budget Control Act of 2011 and found something …

Two tax battles await Congress in September

August 5th, 2019

18:20

Senate Democrats are preparing to fight the Trump administration over a $10,000 limit on deductions for state and local taxes, says CQ Roll Call's …

What the two-year budget deal means for federal spending

July 29th, 2019

15:43

With a new budget deal about to become law, CQ Roll Call senior budget reporter Paul M. Krawzak explains how raising the debt limit and raising the …

Budget, debt limit deal nears completion, and rescuing union pensions

July 22nd, 2019

13:35

Congress is racing to complete work on some big-ticket items before adjourning for the August recess. CQ Roll Call's budget and appropriations …

Debt limit talks pick up pace and tax credit bonanza

July 15th, 2019

15:10

With new warnings that the U.S. could run out of money to meet its obligations, Congress and the Trump administration are racing to raise the debt …

Why there's no Senate spending plan as deadline nears

July 8th, 2019

15:31

With only 25 days left with both the House and Senate in session before the new fiscal year begins, the Senate has yet to draft any of its 12 …

Financial Services bill loaded with hot-button issues may signal trouble ahead

July 1st, 2019

10:43

House Democrats passed the Financial Services spending bill that includes some controversial provisions, says CQ Roll Call's banking reporter Jim …

The Democrats' tax package explained

June 24th, 2019

14:38

House Democrats are pushing new changes to the tax code aimed at helping low income individuals and families, with some lawmakers calling for an …

The politics behind spending limit negotiations

June 17th, 2019

14:46

As White House and congressional leaders prepare for another meeting this week to get a bipartisan spending caps deal, CQ Roll Call's Paul M. Krawzak …

Democrats' Spending Bill Strategy

June 10th, 2019

9:34

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

15:06

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

10:59

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

16:25

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

13:51

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

16:10

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

18:24

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

13:23

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

14:46

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

13:32

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

12:11

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

14:33

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

16:24

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

15:42

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

11:08

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

11:58

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

18:03

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

16:13

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

11:27

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

14:03

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

16:49

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

12:52

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

14:23

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

16:06

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

33:41

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

12:49

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

9:29

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

12:25

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

15:46

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

14:02

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

15:39

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

13:41

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

9:59

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

13:29

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

10:42

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

13:21

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

5:59

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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Hurdles to Passing Spending Bills

September 4th, 2018

14:18

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

13:59

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

11:01

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

13:11

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

10:45

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

11:30

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

9:33

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.

Learn …

New Costs for Veterans Health Slow Spending Bill Progress

July 16th, 2018

12:15

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.

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How the Summer Spending Stretch Is Shaping Up

July 9th, 2018

8:33

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

11:29

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

10:03

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. 

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A Flurry of Budget Activity

June 18th, 2018

12:29

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

10:35

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.

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Here Come the Minibuses

June 4th, 2018

11:19

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

22:56

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

12:42

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

9:03

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

9:31

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

15:09

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

11:43

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.
 

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GOP Farm Bill Targets Food Stamps, Heads for House Vote

April 23rd, 2018

12:29

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

12:59

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

15:59

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

9:30

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

12:23

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

10:11

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.

Learn …

Abortion Rift Slows Spending Bill Progress

March 12th, 2018

9:58

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

10:23

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

11:12

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

7:25

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

12:04

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

10:17

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

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Shutdown Scramble

January 22nd, 2018

10:31

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

 

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Inching Toward a Spending Spree

January 16th, 2018

12:15

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

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Congress' Spending Quagmire

January 8th, 2018

11:45

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

12:06

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.

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

December 11th, 2017

14:02

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.  

Learn …

GOP's Band-Aid Deal to Avert a Shutdown

December 4th, 2017

8:45

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

12:12

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

13:39

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

18:47

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

14:06

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

12:31

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

8:52

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

12:58

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

12:04

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

11:03

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

12:22

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 …

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