Week in Review, or Fighting Sequester Fatigue

February 11th 2013  |  Week in Review

Last week, as people were digging out in the Northeast from what NASA is calling a historic blizzard, President Obama attempted to thaw efforts to move forward and avert the sequester. On Monday, President Obama signed the No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013 into law, which, as Abby reported last week, officially suspends the [...]

Week in Review, or Springing into Recess

April 2nd 2012  |  Week in Review

The House and Senate began their two-week spring recess last Friday after passing the House budget resolution for FY 2013. As described last week, this plan would cut $19 billion from the FY 2013 spending level outlined in the Budget Control Act. A significant portion of those cuts would be aimed at non-defense discretionary spending [...]

Week in Review, or Budget Backtracking

March 26th 2012  |  Week in Review  |  1 Comment

On Tuesday, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) broke from the bipartisan agreement reached in the Budget Control Act (BCA) when he released a proposed FY2013 budget that would reduce the top-line spending number by $19 billion. The budget also proposed reforms to the U.S. tax code and entitlements, and offered alternatives to dealing with [...]

Week in Review, or All Hat and No Cattle

May 16th 2011  |  Week in Review  |  1 Comment

I wish I could report on concrete progress made last week in the deficit and debt limit discussions taking place in Washington, but unfortunately the week was heavy on hat, without much cattle (sometimes it helps to imagine I’m out west on a ranch, instead of stuck inside the beltway). The deficit reduction group convened [...]