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Understanding what’s happening on Capitol Hill requires an understanding of the Congressional budget process — which is notoriously technical, complex and arcane.
Solutions to the fiscal challenge must be long-term, bipartisan budget solutions that can be implemented gradually. Discover some of the comprehensive plans proposed, as well as policy options for individual parts of the budget that merit consideration.
Policymakers use the federal budget process to establish spending priorities and to determine who will pay for those activities.
Discover why our fiscal health and economic strength are so closely tied, and why it is important to get the deficit under control and work toward a balanced budget.
A Congressional Budget Resolution is a “blueprint” that guides fiscal decision-making in the Congress.
The Byrd Rule restricts what can be included in reconciliation legislation in the Senate.
Federal spending is divided into two large categories — mandatory spending and discretionary spending. Learn how these categories have changed over time.
What is a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, and how would it work in practice?
Many factors contribute to the long-term outlook for the U.S. economy and budget, but there are two major drivers of spending: demographics and rising healthcare costs.