Obama Administration

The Budget is Here

President Obama has just released his FY 2014 budget proposal, putting forward his last offer in the negotiations leading up to the fiscal cliff, in addition to several new spending and investment priorities that are offset with additional revenues.

We will have further analysis in the coming days, including a comparison between the President's budget and the House- and Senate-passed budget resolutions.


Ten Things to Look for in the President's Budget

It's President's Budget week! On Wednesday, President Obama will release his FY 2014 budget, illustrating another possible path in addition to the already-passed House and Senate budget resolutions.

What Will Likely Be In The President's Budget

The FY 2014 President's Budget will not be released until next Wednesday, April 10th, but already some details about what will be in the budget have been surfacing.

Our Reaction to the State of the Union

Last night, President Obama delivered the first State of the Union address of his second term. The President's speech covered a wide range of issues, ranging from our current economic outlook, to immigration reform, to gun control, and more. But as expected, fiscal policy was featured prominently in the speech.

Previewing the State of the Union

At 9:00 PM E.T. tonight, President Obama will deliver his State of the Union address to Congress. With many fiscal issues left to be resolved in the coming months, we expect the budget and a discussion about debt to be a key part of his speech.

The First Summit on Our Way to a Deal?

On Friday, President Obama spoke on the need to replace the "fiscal cliff" with a comprehensive plan to address the nation's unsustainable fiscal path. Most importantly, President Obama announced that the White House would invite leaders from both parties, business groups, labor and civic groups from across the country for a meeting this week to begin working toward a compromise.

President Obama Comments on the Possibility of a Grand Bargain

In an initially off-the-record interview with the Des Moines Register, President Obama outlined his vision for his second term. As you would expect, this touched on how discussed how he would address the fiscal cliff, and the budget more broadly, in the next few months and into next year, should he win reelection. Here are his comments:

Re-visiting the President's Budget: OMB's Mid-Session Review

The OMB has released its Mid-Session Review (MSR), essentially a re-estimate of the President's budget taking into new legislative, economic, and technical factors since February. We also put out a paper breaking down the MSR.

Jonathan Rauch Calls for Simpson-Bowles

In yesterday's Washington Post, Jonathan Rauch writes that President Obama should propose a bill, that would among other things, tackle long-term debt reduction. That plan, as the title of this post would indicate, is Simpson-Bowles. He explains:

So, You Want to Pay For a $70 Billion Spending Increase With a $200 Billion Tax Cut?

According to CNN, the White House has floated a plan to deal with the fiscal cliff, one which would turn off a few provisions temporarily. Their plan? Turn off the sequester for six months in exchange for letting the upper-income tax cuts expire for a year. Thought of another way, it would repeal the spending cuts set to go into effect by extending the 2001/2003/2010 tax cuts for most people.

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