The budget process is obviously broken. Or is it?

February 9, 2018
Image Source:  CFRB By Joshua C. Huder Congress passed a $300 billion spending deal, so clearly the budget process is broken … or is it? The Senate leaders who negotiated… Read More

The delicate budget balancing act

January 29, 2018
James Wallner, senior fellow with R Street’s Governance Project and Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group teams, joins David Haun, Director of Public Sector Practice at Grant Thornton and… Read More

The art of the very difficult “budget” deal

January 16, 2018
Source: PBS By Joshua C. Huder Three months into the 2018 fiscal year, Congress and the President have yet to finalize a budget deal. Delayed funding of government is not… Read More

The 21st Century Cures Act: Another form of appropriation and another congressional win-win

November 16, 2017
Spending decisions long have been tricky. Joseph Keppler, “The opening of the congressional session,” Puck , 1887. Source: By Tony McCann Congress is increasingly caught between two powerful desires. Read More

Video of meeting on appropriations and regular order

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November 7, 2017
At the October 2017 meeting of the Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group, Casey Burgat, Lee Drutman, Peter Hanson, and James Wallner examined and interpreted calls for “regular order” in the appropriations… Read More

ICYMI: Congress’s vanishing budget: It’s not all polarization’s fault

October 14, 2017
Casey Burgat and Joshua Huder write at the Brookings FixGov Blog: “Congress is failing to do its job in large respects, particularly when it comes to government spending. But… Read More

The 1986 Tax Reform Effort Shows that Republicans Have a Tough Road Ahead

October 11, 2017
Source: By Rob Oldham If there is one thing that unites Republicans as different as Donald Trump, Paul Ryan (WI), and Susan Collins (ME), it is a general… Read More

Kevin Drum: Bring Back Earmarks

October 5, 2017
Kevin Drum is yet another member of the coalition to bring back earmarks. He writes in the September/October copy of Mother Jones: “Earlier this year, California Gov. Jerry Brown… Read More

A Closer Look at a Trump-Schumer Deal to Eliminate the Debt Ceiling

September 19, 2017
Source:, By Rob Oldham President Trump made waves in Washington when he agreed to a deal with congressional Democrats that provides relief from the damage caused by Hurricane… Read More

ICYMI: Why Congress Must Not Let the Debt Limit Crisis Go to Waste

September 14, 2017
Brookings Institution’s Stuart Butler writes: “‘Must pass’ legislation to increase the debt limit has long been used as the vehicle to pass other urgent or controversial bills, including changes in… Read More