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Expertise: Federal budget policy, discretionary spending, economics

Scott Lilly is a senior fellow at American Progress who writes and researches in a wide range of areas including governance, federal budgeting, national security, and the economy. He joined American Progress in March of 2004 after 31 years of service with the United States Congress. He served as clerk and staff director of the House Appropriations Committee, minority staff director of that Committee, executive director of the House Democratic Study Group, executive director of the Joint Economic Committee, and chief of staff in the Office of Congressman David Obey (D-WI).

Prior to his service with the Congress, Lilly served as director of campaign services for the Democratic National Committee, central states coordinator in the McGovern Presidential Campaign, and as a bill drafter for the Missouri legislature.

He served two years in the U.S. Army and is a graduate of Westminster College in Fulton, MO. He is also an adjunct professor in the Public Policy Institute at Georgetown University.

During his career, he has been engaged in a wide array of policy matters ranging across the entire spectrum of government activities. These have included counterterrorism, homeland security, efforts to reform American schools, and the financing of federal scientific activities. He has worked on various efforts to reform the legislative process in Congress and served as a political and legislative strategist to the Democratic members of the Appropriations Committee and the House Democratic Leadership.

By Scott Lilly
Attacks Against American DiplomatsCenter for American ProgressSeptember 16, 2014
Biennial Budgeting Would Be a Setback in Efforts to Reform Congressional BudgetingCenter for American ProgressJuly 21, 2014
The Powerlessness of the PurseExtensionsApril 24, 2014
The Disinvestment Budget: Government Investments to Improve Our Economic Future Would be Crushed Under the Recently Passed House BudgetCenter for American ProgressApril 16, 2014
Should the Ryan Budget Worry Seniors?Center for American ProgressApril 10, 2014
Understanding CBO’s Minimum-Wage ReportCenter for American ProgressMarch 4, 2014
Not at All ConservativeCenter for American ProgressDecember 4, 2013
Budget Conference Provides an Excellent Opportunity to Carefully Examine Rep. Ryan’s ‘Entitlement’ ProposalsCenter for American ProgressOctober 22, 2013
Congress Shouldn’t Raise the ‘Debt Limit’—It Should Repeal ItCenter for American ProgressOctober 15, 2013
Government Shutdown and the Judicial SystemC-SPANOctober 8, 2013
Then and Now: The Truth About Government ShutdownsCenter for American ProgressOctober 4, 2013
Good Grief! How Did We End Up on the Verge of Another Government Shutdown?Center for American ProgressSeptember 30, 2013
The Choice Congress Won’t Face Up ToCenter for American ProgressAugust 19, 2013
Double THUD: The Legislative Debacle Before the August Congressional Recess Hurts Budget Prospects for Fiscal Year 2014Center for American ProgressAugust 15, 2013
Slash Retirement Benefits or Raise Taxes? The Choice Congress Won’t Face Up ToCenter for American ProgressAugust 7, 2013
Speaker Boehner’s Raid on the Treasury Enabled the Supreme Court to Strike Down DOMACenter for American ProgressJune 27, 2013
Will Turkey’s Ruling Party Learn from the Debacle at Gezi Park?Center for American ProgressJune 4, 2013
Whack-a-Mole BudgetingCenter for American ProgressApril 26, 2013
K Street: Then and NowCenter for American ProgressApril 25, 2013
Sequestration and the Failure of the Fourth EstateCenter for American ProgressMarch 19, 2013
Sequestration May Do Little to Reduce the DeficitCenter for American ProgressFebruary 22, 2013
House Republicans Still Haven’t Learned Lessons from Their 1995 Government ShutdownCenter for American ProgressJanuary 17, 2013
The ‘Debt Limit’: Time to End 95 Years of False LabelingCenter for American ProgressDecember 13, 2012
Speaker Boehner’s ‘Mandate’ on TaxesCenter for American ProgressNovember 9, 2012
House Republicans Persist in Putting Our Foreign Service Officers at RiskCenter for American ProgressOctober 22, 2012
McGovern ahead of his timeCNN.comOctober 22, 2012
McGovern Ahead of His TimeCenter for American ProgressOctober 22, 2012
Rep. West Forgets His Own Press Releases on SequestrationThe HillSeptember 21, 2012
Romney Needs the 47 PercentCenter for American ProgressSeptember 20, 2012
Diplomats, National Security, and the House BudgetCenter for American ProgressSeptember 18, 2012
Military Families Whacked by SequestrationCenter for American ProgressSeptember 12, 2012
Rep. Mack’s ‘Penny Plan’ Disguises Painful ChoicesCenter for American ProgressAugust 23, 2012
Broken BudgetingCenter for American ProgressAugust 16, 2012
Oops, It’s Flightless FridaysCenter for American ProgressAugust 10, 2012
Oops, I Lost the AirportCenter for American ProgressAugust 1, 2012
U.S. Airports That Face Closure Under Looming Automatic Spending CutsCenter for American ProgressAugust 1, 2012
Damage Control for Budget ActThe Washington PostJuly 18, 2012
How Sequestration Would WorkCenter for American ProgressJune 18, 2012
Sequestration Is a Swiftly Ticking Time BombCenter for American ProgressJune 18, 2012
The Good Old Double ReverseCenter for American ProgressMarch 15, 2012
The High Cost of BoehnernomicsCenter for American ProgressMarch 1, 2012
Failed Highway Bill Shows Divisions in CongressU.S. News and World ReportFebruary 27, 2012
Meet Fayza Abul-Naga, a Woman of AmbitionCenter for American ProgressFebruary 7, 2012
Congress May Still Stop the Economic RecoveryCenter for American ProgressFebruary 3, 2012
The Biennial Budgeting and Appropriations Act of 2011Center for American ProgressJanuary 24, 2012
Creating UnemploymentCenter for American ProgressOctober 27, 2011
Improving Oversight and Review of Federal AgenciesCenter for American ProgressOctober 5, 2011
Fibbing About the Record for Emergency Appropriation OffsetsCenter for American ProgressSeptember 29, 2011
Double Dip?Center for American ProgressSeptember 13, 2011
The Next Steps on the Debt DealCenter for American ProgressAugust 3, 2011
Listen Up Washington, We’ve Been ThereCNNJuly 29, 2011
Super BadForeign PolicyJuly 27, 2011
The Debt Ceiling Debate: Stupid, but DangerousCenter for American ProgressJuly 13, 2011
10 Reasons Why Everyday Americans Need MedicaidCenter for American ProgressJuly 11, 2011
The Ryan Medicaid PlanCenter for American ProgressJuly 8, 2011
The Question of the Ryan Budget and Christian ValuesCatholics in AllianceMay 27, 2011
Does the U.S. Need a Balanced Budget Amendment?US News and World ReportApril 22, 2011
What Will the Budget Compromise Do to the Economy?Center for American ProgressApril 12, 2011
Wait a Minute!Center for American ProgressMarch 28, 2011
‘Nonsecurity’ Spending Cuts Could Be Hazardous to Your HealthCenter for American ProgressMarch 3, 2011
No, He Wouldn’t—Would He?Center for American ProgressFebruary 13, 2011
Chaos on the RightCenter for American ProgressFebruary 10, 2011
Just Plain NutsCenter for American ProgressFebruary 9, 2011
Heading for a Deficit DustupCenter for American ProgressFebruary 3, 2011
Inflaming ‘Weak and Vicious Minds’Center for American ProgressJanuary 11, 2011
‘Go Home’Center for American ProgressDecember 15, 2010
Getting Rich on Uncle SuckerCenter for American ProgressOctober 20, 2010
A Really Bad IdeaGovernment ExecutiveOctober 13, 2010
Education Reforms Will Miss the ‘Top’ Without Broader ConsensusCenter for American ProgressJuly 6, 2010
Improving a Critical Partnership between the United States and TaiwanCenter for American ProgressJune 23, 2010
There You Go Again, NewtCenter for American ProgressApril 23, 2010
Quiet Diplomacy Is Needed on Chinese CurrencyCenter for American ProgressApril 7, 2010
Lessons Learned from the Recovery ActCenter for American ProgressApril 2, 2010
Procedurally CorrectCenter for American ProgressMarch 17, 2010
From Deliberation to DysfunctionCenter for American ProgressMarch 11, 2010
Looking for the Full Measure of Jack MurthaCenter for American ProgressFebruary 9, 2010
Frozen Budgets Can Be Dangerous to Your HealthCenter for American ProgressJanuary 29, 2010
More Spending Is Necessary to Clean Up The Economic MessCenter for American ProgressOctober 7, 2009
You May Need a Score Card for Health Care ReformCenter for American ProgressAugust 26, 2009
A Presentation on the American Recovery and Reinvestment ActCenter for American ProgressJuly 31, 2009
Whose Economic Problem Is It?Center for American ProgressJuly 23, 2009
Should We Be Grateful to China for Buying U.S. Treasuries?Center for American ProgressApril 1, 2009
Supply Side MadnessCenter for American ProgressFebruary 17, 2009
The Elephant in the RoomCenter for American ProgressFebruary 10, 2009
Arts BashingCenter for American ProgressFebruary 6, 2009
Selective KeynesiansCenter for American ProgressFebruary 3, 2009
Whiplash: Conservatives Play Politics with Stimulus SpendingCenter for American ProgressJanuary 30, 2009
Making Sense of CBO’s Stimulus ProjectionsCenter for American ProgressJanuary 26, 2009
Stimulative ActionCenter for American ProgressJanuary 16, 2009
Pumping Life Back into the U.S. EconomyCenter for American ProgressJanuary 6, 2009
Double Standard at the Labor DepartmentCenter for American ProgressOctober 29, 2008
Is Redistributing Wealth a Bad Thing? You Betcha!Center for American ProgressOctober 21, 2008
A Bad Time to Roll the DiceCenter for American ProgressSeptember 26, 2008
How Sound Is the Economy?Center for American ProgressSeptember 16, 2008
Reckless Management of U.S. Interests in the CaucasusCenter for American ProgressAugust 19, 2008
There’s a Bear in the Woods!Center for American ProgressAugust 12, 2008
Understanding BushonomicsCenter for American ProgressAugust 4, 2008
Bush Attempts to Strengthen His Weak DollarCenter for American ProgressJune 12, 2008
Support the Troops?Center for American ProgressJune 4, 2008
Bush’s Weak DollarCenter for American ProgressMay 27, 2008
Subprime Policies: New Ideas to Tackle the Mortgage MessCenter for American ProgressMarch 26, 2008
Major Weapon Systems Are Another Victim of IraqCenter for American ProgressFebruary 20, 2008
Nussle’s Revenge: Bush Budget Director Strikes at State and Local GovernmentsCenter for American ProgressFebruary 5, 2008
End Pet Projects: Earmarks are a Presidential Problem, TooCenter for American ProgressJanuary 28, 2008
Unbridled Markets: Conservatives Embrace Securitization Run AmokCenter for American ProgressDecember 21, 2007
Beyond Justice: Bush Administration’s Labor Department Abuses Labor Union Regulatory AuthoritiesCenter for American ProgressDecember 10, 2007
Sole Sourcing: Handing Out Tax Dollars at the Labor DepartmentCenter for American ProgressNovember 29, 2007
Engineering a Train WreckCenter for American ProgressSeptember 28, 2007
The Case Against Nussle’s Confirmation: Making Government WorkCenter for American ProgressAugust 31, 2007
Flim Flam Won’t Fix RoadsCenter for American ProgressAugust 20, 2007
Consequences of Disinvestment?Center for American ProgressAugust 7, 2007
Breakfast at the White HouseCenter for American ProgressJuly 31, 2007
Showdown on Government InvestmentCenter for American ProgressJuly 23, 2007
Cutting Corners on Domestic SpendingCenter for American ProgressJuly 13, 2007
Clearing the Air on EarmarksCenter for American ProgressJuly 12, 2007
New Study Shows Federal Government Moving Rapidly Toward Non-Competitive ContractsCenter for American ProgressJune 27, 2007
Goodbye Portman, Hello NussleCenter for American ProgressJune 22, 2007
When Chutzpah is an UnderstatementCenter for American ProgressJune 13, 2007
Feasting Off the TaxpayerCenter for American ProgressMay 29, 2007
A Return to Competitive ContractingCenter for American ProgressMay 14, 2007
Should Members of Congress Under Criminal Investigation Keep Key Committee Assignments?Center for American ProgressApril 20, 2007
Tax Day in Bush’s America: Our President’s Alternative Minimum Tax LegacyCenter for American ProgressApril 17, 2007
Spinning the SuppCenter for American ProgressApril 11, 2007
Pelosi in SyriaCenter for American ProgressApril 4, 2007
Understanding the Waters-Boehner CoalitionCenter for American ProgressMarch 22, 2007
Attorney Scandal Without PrecedentCenter for American ProgressMarch 20, 2007
“Liberal Idiots”Center for American ProgressMarch 14, 2007
Behind the Mess at Walter ReedCenter for American ProgressMarch 5, 2007
Firing the Foggo Prosecutor: Sacked U.S. Attorney Bags CIA OfficialCenter for American ProgressFebruary 14, 2007
No Gimmick Left BehindCenter for American ProgressFebruary 8, 2007
Blood on the Courthouse FloorCenter for American ProgressJanuary 19, 2007
New Rules: Congressional Reform the Top PriorityCenter for American ProgressJanuary 3, 2007
Taking the Right Steps to Improve Intelligence OversightCenter for American ProgressDecember 13, 2006
Coverups Lie Behind Hastert’s CurtainCenter for American ProgressOctober 30, 2006
Worse than FoleyGateCenter for American ProgressOctober 13, 2006
Rosy RhetoricCenter for American ProgressOctober 12, 2006
Selective OutrageCenter for American ProgressJune 28, 2006
Duck of the WeekCenter for American ProgressJune 21, 2006
Congress Finalizes Largest Supplemental in HistoryCenter for American ProgressJune 9, 2006
Hastert Finally Got it RightCenter for American ProgressJune 6, 2006
Empty Promises, Broken ProcessCenter for American ProgressMay 18, 2006
Veto the Anti-Growth Tax PlanCenter for American ProgressMay 12, 2006
Phony Earmark ReformCenter for American ProgressMay 3, 2006
Without DeLayCenter for American ProgressApril 10, 2006
President’s ‘Line-Item Veto’ Is Weak MedicineCenter for American ProgressMarch 16, 2006
Reforming Congressional EarmarksCenter for American ProgressMarch 16, 2006
A “Reverse” Play by the Washington StealersCenter for American ProgressFebruary 7, 2006
Abandon the System That Created AbramoffCenter for American ProgressJanuary 19, 2006
MSHA and the Sago Mine DisasterCenter for American ProgressJanuary 6, 2006
Can Muscle Make Up For a Lack of Pork?Center for American ProgressDecember 14, 2005
Skulduggery: What We Used to Call the Legislative ProcessCenter for American ProgressNovember 16, 2005
An Analysis of Employee Attitudes at Federal Departments & AgenciesCenter for American ProgressOctober 17, 2005
How Congress is Spending the 18 Cents a Gallon You Pay in Gasoline TaxCenter for American ProgressOctober 5, 2005
Is the Politics of Pork Poisoning Our Democracy?Center for American ProgressAugust 5, 2005
How Much to Feed a DragonCenter for American ProgressJune 13, 2005
Statement on the April Employment SituationCenter for American ProgressMay 6, 2005
The Wolfowitz OutrageCenter for American ProgressMarch 22, 2005
A Closer Look at the President’s Proposal for Changes in Student AssistanceCenter for American ProgressMarch 1, 2005
Hate the Deficit?Center for American ProgressFebruary 22, 2005
Does Rearranging Appropriations Panels Make Any Sense?Center for American ProgressJanuary 27, 2005
Wall Street Moves Toward Center’s View on Consumer Buying PowerCenter for American ProgressJanuary 26, 2005
What’s Behind the Sagging Dollar?Center for American ProgressDecember 22, 2004
When Congress Acts In the Dark of Night, Everyone LosesCenter for American ProgressDecember 6, 2004
Oil Prices Up, Dollar Down – Coincidence?Center for American ProgressNovember 30, 2004
Will the President Now Work For Greater National Unity?Center for American ProgressNovember 4, 2004
Losing the Forest Amongst the TreesCenter for American ProgressNovember 1, 2004
Without a Clue on Flu: A Hapless Performance on the Flu VaccineCenter for American ProgressOctober 21, 2004
A Long Way to Dig Out of the Income HoleCenter for American ProgressOctober 8, 2004
An Analysis of the Recent Deterioration in the Fiscal Condition of the U.S. GovernmentCenter for American ProgressOctober 4, 2004
A Year and a Half LaterCenter for American ProgressSeptember 23, 2004
Mr. Cheney and the DeficitCenter for American ProgressSeptember 8, 2004
Fixing Our “Intelligence” ProblemCenter for American ProgressAugust 18, 2004
The Selective Outrage of Hastert and DeLayCenter for American ProgressJuly 23, 2004
Was the Bush “Job Boom” Merely Hype?Center for American ProgressJuly 19, 2004
Appropriators Vote to Allow Administration to Move Forward on Overtime ExemptionsCenter for American ProgressJuly 15, 2004
Can Consumer Purchasing Power Sustain the Current Economic Recovery?Center for American ProgressJuly 1, 2004
Where Are They Now?Center for American ProgressJune 23, 2004
Showtime in the House of RepresentativesCenter for American ProgressJune 17, 2004
Let Reagan be ReaganCenter for American ProgressJune 16, 2004
Bush Jobs Record Still Worst Since President HooverCenter for American ProgressApril 2, 2004