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Updated Appropriations 101

What are appropriations? Appropriations are annual decisions made by Congress about how the federal government spends some of its money. In general...

House and Senate Move Forward on FY 2018 Appropriations

The appropriations season is moving forward before Congress has passed a budget. Below, we explain how that can happen. Typically, Congress is...

Maya MacGuineas: Take It from a Fiscal Hawk: Raise the Debt Ceiling

Maya MacGuineas is president of the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt. She recently...

Letter to Chairman Enzi Encouraging A Current Law Baseline

Below is a letter from CRFB to Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) encouraging the committee to use a current law baseline. We...

We Must Increase the Statutory Debt Limit and Take Action to Deal with the Debt

For Immediate Release The United States government is quickly approaching the deadline for raising the debt ceiling. Maya MacGuineas, president of...

Using Gimmicks to Pass a Spending Bill that Busts Budget Limits Is Reckless and Fiscally Irresponsible

For Immediate Release The House of Representatives is considering a so-called “minibus” spending bill combining the defense, military construction,...

A Dangerous Effort to Undermine the Work of the Congressional Budget Office

For Immediate Release When the House of Representatives considers the so-called appropriations “minibus” for fiscal year 2018, which includes...

Options for Meeting the House Budget's Reconciliation Instructions

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 House budget resolution includes reconciliation instructions requiring 11 House committees to report legislation that...

Today’s CBO Report Makes Clear Just How Far the President’s Budget Is from Balance

For Immediate Release Today, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its own estimate of the President’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget. While...