Budget Process and Rules

Notable Amendments to the Senate-Passed Budget

As the Senate worked on its FY 2014 budget resolution, which passed by a 50-49 vote late last week, hundreds of amendments were filed in a process commonly referred to as “vote-a-rama.” Most of the amendments that actually received a vote were largely symbolic, establishing non-binding “deficit-neutral reserve funds” to make it procedurally easier for Congress to make changes in the future.

Senator Murray Brings Citizens Into Budget Process

Today, Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray (D-WA) unveiled a new feature on her Committee's website called MyBudget, which allows constituents to fill out a form sharing their priorities for the federal budget, personal stories on how the budget affects them, and

"Fixing the Debt: Reforming the Tax Code and Federal Health Spending" Recap

Yesterday, the Fix the Debt Campaign had a event with two roundtables bringing together many health policy and tax experts from across the political spectrum to discuss two of the central issues involved in the current budget negotiations.

Fiscal Transparency in the U.S. and Abroad

Yesterday in a blog post, IMF's Fiscal Affairs Director Carlo Cottarelli stressed the need for fiscal transparency on the part of governments around the world in attaining a comprehensive debt-deal. By fiscal transparency, Cottarelli means the necessity for governments to make fiscal information accurate and readily available.

Bipartisan Policy Center Releases a "Framework for a Grand Bargain"

With Congress in recess until after the elections, a plan to replace the fiscal cliff with a comprehensive debt deal will have to get done during the lame duck session. With less than five weeks to work with, Congress might look to the Bipartisan Policy Center's new Framework for a Grand Bargain for recommendations on how Congress could avoid the fiscal cliff, while ensuring it is committed to a debt deal in a limited time frame.

Revisiting Dynamic Scoring

The use of dynamic scoring is one of the most contested issues in the budget world. We highlighted the pros and cons of using it and the issues associated with incorporating it into the budget process in a paper earlier this year.

The True Cost of Federal Credit Programs?

In a new report released yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office looked at the difference in accounting methods used to score federal credit programs. This was a follow up to a previous report which we analyzed back in March about how the costs of federal loan and loan guarantee programs would look if we changed the way we accounted for them.

Dynamic Scoring Explained

What is dynamic scoring? How are legislative proposals currently scored? CRFB's latest policy paper details the process and methods that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) use to estimate the budget impact of legislation and the pros and cons of supplementing that process with "dynamic scoring."

Fixing Medicare Double-Counting

Donald Marron, who recently wrote a blog post on how budget limits are treated in Congressional rules, wrote a piece today detailing how Medicare Part A rules could be altered so that savings in Part A could not be used to both reduce the deficit and extend the life of the Hospital Insurance (HI) trust fund. Here's his take:

Double Counting and Medicare Part A

Last month, Social Security and Medicare Trustee Chuck Blahous sparked a controversy by saying that the Affordable Care Act would add to the deficit, arguing that the law was double counting savings from Medicare Part A because Part A is already restrained by a trust fund that is scheduled to expire this decade. Thus, the Medicare savings from the law would only be used to extend the life of the trust fund.

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