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Biennial Budgeting Would Be a Setback in Efforts to Reform Congressional Budgeting

Scott Lilly, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, testifies before the House Committee on Rules, Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process, on the question of two-year budgeting.

By Scott Lilly | Monday, July 21, 2014

The Powerlessness of the Purse

For most of the past century, Congress has been deeply conflicted about its two Appropriations Committees. The late Speaker of the House Carl Albert once described the feelings of rank-and-file House members toward the Appropriations Committee when he was still serving as house majority leader in 1963: Sure there is resentment against the committee. They […]

By Scott Lilly | Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Disinvestment Budget: Government Investments to Improve Our Economic Future Would be Crushed Under the Recently Passed House Budget

Federal spending on infrastructure, scientific research, early childhood education, disease treatment, space exploration, and college tuition could be slashed by nearly half over the next decade.

By Scott Lilly | Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Should the Ryan Budget Worry Seniors?

Retirement homeBy circumventing a Congressional Budget Office scoring, Rep. Paul Ryan’s plan may have an even bigger downside for retirees than many have predicted.

By Scott Lilly | Thursday, April 10, 2014

Understanding CBO’s Minimum-Wage Report

CBOEven if we accept the erroneous assertion that better pay for low-wage workers will slow job growth, the reduction in the pace of job creation will by CBO projections be relatively small.

By Scott Lilly | Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Not at All Conservative

Speaker BoehnerThe deep divide between House Republicans over the fiscal year 2014 budget is between two political philosophies that have little in common.

By Scott Lilly | Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Budget Conference Provides an Excellent Opportunity to Carefully Examine Rep. Ryan’s ‘Entitlement’ Proposals

Now is the time to find out how Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) “entitlement reforms” will impact the nation’s seniors.

By Scott Lilly | Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Congress Shouldn’t Raise the ‘Debt Limit’—It Should Repeal It

The debt limit has a long and sordid history, but it is quite different from the one described by Sen. Ted Cruz.

By Scott Lilly | Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Government Shutdown and the Judicial System

Legal experts spoke about the impact of the government shutdown on the federal judiciary and the U.S. Department of Justice. The forum was sponsored by Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee.

By Scott Lilly | Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Then and Now: The Truth About Government Shutdowns

CapitolMeasured in workdays lost, the current shutdown is already the third longest in history and involves a far larger share of the government than either of the two shutdowns that were of longer duration.

By Scott Lilly | Friday, October 4, 2013

Good Grief! How Did We End Up on the Verge of Another Government Shutdown?

The federal government is on the brink of shutting down yet again, although most Americans don’t understand the fight taking place in Washington. Here’s what happened.

By Scott Lilly | Monday, September 30, 2013

The Choice Congress Won’t Face Up To

When you slice through all the heated rhetoric, the budgetary choices we face may be painful, but they are actually much simpler to make than the debate would suggest.

By Scott Lilly | Monday, August 19, 2013

Double THUD: The Legislative Debacle Before the August Congressional Recess Hurts Budget Prospects for Fiscal Year 2014

House Republicans refuse to support the austere spending levels mandated by their own budget resolution. Senate bipartisanship is short lived. Outlook for the fall: chaos.

By Scott Lilly | Thursday, August 15, 2013

Slash Retirement Benefits or Raise Taxes? The Choice Congress Won’t Face Up To

Seniors book_alt2 icon Report The federal government has made a commitment to providing retirees in this country with a specific level of support once they reach retirement age, but the cost of providing that support is beyond the revenues presently available to pay such costs.

By Scott Lilly | Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Speaker Boehner’s Raid on the Treasury Enabled the Supreme Court to Strike Down DOMA

John BoehnerUsing funds appropriated for congressional operations to fight court battles on behalf of the Defense of Marriage Act turned out to be a bad deal for taxpayers and DOMA supporters alike.

By Scott Lilly | Thursday, June 27, 2013