JSC proposals for budget system reform

Bipartisan reform of the "broken" congressional budget system sounded like a nice idea, but the JSC proposals wouldn't deliver any real benefits. Better to leave things as they are. Read More...

Suggested goals for the "lame duck" session

SAFE to DC: Between now and 12/31, please focus on budget process reform, FY 2019 appropriation bills, approval of USMCA, and disclosure of how/why the Trump campaign investigation was started.
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Tweaking the budget process won't accomplish much

Re the JSC’s review of the budget process, no one has zeroed in on the primary problem: The Senate filibuster rule is being used to slow down the process for partisan advantage. Read More...

More shutdown drama, mediocre results

The more one examines last week's bipartisan, bicameral budget deal, which raised government spending levels across the board, the uglier it looks. Read More...

GOP won shutdown skirmish, but budget battle is far from over

To avoid being blamed for the next government shutdown, which is set for February 8, Republicans should consider taking a harder line. Read More...

A different kind of president

Don’t stop at political style in assessing the president’s performance; also consider his policies. Read More...

Oops, that's not what was supposed to happen

Two deadlines were extended by bipartisan agreement, but don’t expect a new spirit of cooperation in DC. Read More...

GOP irresolution could lead to a government shutdown

There is no bipartisan consensus to solve the fiscal problem so the majority party should lead the way. Read More...

Fixing the fiscal problem: work on what matters

Conversations about raising the debt limit are a waste of time; the money is already spent or committed. Read More...

Time to bin the filibuster

Filibuster rule leads to: gridlock, congressional decline, one-way ratchet, poor bills, budget blackmail. Read More...

Power of the purse, use it or lose it

Republican vows to reboot the congressional budget process have been put on hold until 2017. Read More...
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