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The President's Budget in Context

The past three presidents all submitted preliminary fiscal blueprints sometime in February of their first year, and their fully fleshed-out budgets later. President Trump is following a similar pattern.

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Deficit Reduction Through Reconciliation

The real purpose of reconciliation is to change substantive law so that revenue and mandatory spending levels are brought into line with budget resolution policies.

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The Continuing Resolution

While a CR prevents a lapse in government operations, it denies Members the opportunity to thoroughly debate government spending and update funding priorities through amendments in the regular appropriations process.

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The Challenge of Balancing the Budget

As Congress turns to the fiscal year 2018 budget, the fiscal outlook suffers from a weak economy, mounting pressure on spending, and deeper projected deficits.

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