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Back to the Future for Appropriations Procedures in the 118th Congress?

Matt Glassman | March 17, 2023

President Biden released the President’s Budget last week and with it, the federal appropriations process has lurched to a start.  In the modern era, we have come to expect to see late introduction of the President’s budget, forgoing passing a budget resolution by the budget committees (“deeming” them instead), and the failure to pass individual

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Director’s Desk

Kristin Nicholson | March 17, 2023

Dear Friends, As the cherry blossoms open around the Tidal Basin, another spring ritual is getting underway in Washington: the annual budget and appropriations cycle. President Biden submitted his Proposed Budget for FY24 on March 9, kicking off another round of budget hearings on the Hill, which will be followed by months of

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Director’s Desk

Kristin Nicholson | February 3, 2023

Dear Friends, February may be the dreariest month in Washington, but it will certainly not lack for action this year. It didn’t happen quickly (and surprisingly took even longer in the Senate than the House), but both chambers have finalized their committee rosters, allowing the work of oversight and legislating to kick into higher

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Hollow Promises: Speaker McCarthy and Appropriations

Josh Huder | February 3, 2023

As Kevin McCarthy brokered with conservatives to win the speakership, he made a series of promises to significantly revamp the budget and appropriations processes. Among them were commitments to pass a budget that balances in 10 years, consider and pass each appropriations bill individually (rather than in “minibus” or “omnibus” form), and provide members an

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