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2018

June 7, 2018: Issue 1 – Spending Caps and the New Fiscal Cliff 

2017

June 7, 2017: Issue 5 – President’s FY 18 Budget – Economic Growth Policies
May 24, 2017: Issue 4 – President’s FY 18 Budget – Mandatory Spending Proposals
May 23, 2017: Issue 3 – The President’s Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Proposal Overview
May 18, 2017: Issue 2 – America’s Economic Growth Triggers
March 9, 2017: Issue 1 – Debt Limit Extraordinary Measures

2016

November 17, 2016: Issue 19 – Regulatory Reform Outlook
October 20, 2016: Issue 18 – FY 2017 Continuing Resolution
September 15, 2016: Issue 17 Accounting for Federal Credit Programs
July 14, 2016: Issue 16 – Budget Perspectives for Fannie and Freddie
June 30, 2016: Issue 15 – Emergency Spending Designations
June 16, 2016: Issue 14 – Options to Fix the Broken Federal Budget Process
May 12, 2016: Issue 13 – Overview of Senate Budget Process Reform Proposals
April 28, 2016: Issue 12 – Senate Considers Fixes to America’s Broken Budget Process
April 12, 2016: Issue 11 – Establishing an FY17 Senate Budget Framework
February 24, 2016: Issue 9 – President’s FY 2017 Budget – Budget Process Proposals
February 23, 2016: Issue 8 – President’s FY 2017 Budget – Domestic Policy Proposals
February 19, 2016: Issue 7 – President’s FY 2017 Budget – Revenue Proposals
February 18, 2016: Issue 6 – President’s FY 2017 Budget – Education Proposals
February 16, 2016: Issue 5 – President’s FY 2017 Budget – National Security and International Affairs Proposals
February 11, 2016: Issue 4 – President’s FY 2017 Budget Health Care Proposals
February 10, 2016: Issue 3 – Overview of President’s FY 2017 Budget Proposal.pdf
February 2, 2016: Issue 2 – 2016 State of the Budget
January 11, 2016: Issue 1 – Omnibus Spending Bill Epilogue

2015

October 27, 2015: Issue 10 – Back-End Spending’s Impacts on the Budget
October 6, 2015: Issue 9 – Social Security Replacement Rates
October 2, 2015: Issue 8 – UPDATED Debt-Limit Debate – New Budget Committee and Treasury Forecasts
September 29, 2015: Issue 7 – 2016 Continuing Resolution
July 28, 2015: Issue 5 – Appropriations Status Report – FY 2016 Budget and Spending Bills
July 14, 2015: Issue 4 – Enforcing the FY 2016 Balanced Budget Resolution
June 23, 2015: Issue 3 – Reconciliation and the 2016 Budget Process
June 9, 2015: Issue 2 -Defense Spending, BCA Caps and OCO Funding in FY 2016 Budget
May 19, 2015: Issue 1 – Highway Trust Fund Deadline Looms

2013

June 11, 2013: Issue 2 – Sequestration and Appropriations
January 24, 2013: Issue 1 – Sequestration After the Fiscal Cliff

2012

December 20, 2012: Issue 4 – History Of Deficit-Neutral Amendments In SBC Markups
December 6, 2012: Issue 3 – That Other Sequester
July 31, 2012: Issue 2 – Sequesters & Spending From The Highway Trust Fund
June 06, 2012: Issue 1 – The Budget Control Act – Update

2011

November 15, 2011: Issue 2B – The Budget Control Act
November 15,2011: Issue 2A – The Budget Control Act
August 16, 2011: Issue 1a&b – Sequesters – Now And Then

2010

December 13, 2010: Issue 5A & 5B – Government-sponsored Enterprises
September 29.10 Issue 4 – NASA Funding Uncertainty
June 9, 2010: Issue 3 – Oil Spill Tax
May 26, 2010: Issue 2A & 2B – 2011 Budget Resolution?
May 12, 2010: Issue 1A & 1B – Reconciliation

2009

November 3, 2009: Issue 8 – Corrected Highway Edition and 2009 Deficit
October 27, 2009: Issue 7A & 7B – Expanded Highway Edition
June 25, 2009: Issue 6a&b – Financial Intervention Summary
June 19, 2009: Issue 5 – CBO & Health Reform
May 20, 2009: Issue 4 – Second Supplemental
May 9, 2009: Issue 3 – The Recession’s Impact on SS & Medicare Finances
April 23, 2009: Issue 2 – Deficit Neutral Reserve Funds
March 17, 2009: Issue 1A & 1B – If We Talk About 2019, Maybe No One Will Pay Attention To 2010

2008

September 8, 2008: Issue 8 – Recurring Bad Dream Of Highway Bill Turning Into Annual Nightmare
June 23, 2008: Issue 7 – The Blue Dog Coalition
May 5, 2008: Issue 6 – Deeming Resolutions
April 16, 2008: Issue 5 – Pay-Go
April 3, 2008: Issue 4a&b – The Medicare Trigger
March 12, 2008: Issue 3a&b – Discretionary Spending
February 15, 2008: Issue 2 – Farm Bill Status & CBO Economic Forecast
February 12, 2008: Issue 1a&b – Pay-go & The Tax Gap

2007

November 15, 2007: Issue 7 – 2008 Approps., Deficit, & Tax Gap Update
October 29, 2007: Issue 6b – The Tax Gap – We’re Off to See the Wizard Continued
October 29, 2007: Issue 6a – The Tax Gap – We’re Off to See the Wizard
April 12, 2007: Issue 4a&b – The Supplemental and Paygo Dodge
March  9, 2007: Issue 3 – President’s Non-Emergency Spending & Supp. Add-Ons
March  1, 2007: Issue 2 – CBO Baseline and the President’s Budget
January 26, 2007: Issue 1b – Pay-go & Reconciliation
January 24, 2007 Issue 1a – Restoring Fiscal Discipline Act of 2007 & Earmarks

2006

November 6, 2006 Issue 12 – Appropriations & Monthly Treasury Report
September 29, 2006 Issue 11 – Oil & Gas Leasing on OCS, Energy Prices
September 20, 2006: Issue 10 – TRICARE & 15th Anniversary Budget Bulletin
September 11, 2006 Issue 9 – CBO Update & Budget Enforcement
August 4, 2006: Issue 8 – Student Loans and Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation
July 28, 2006: Issue 7 – FY 2007 Appropriations Comparison and Defense Details
July 21, 2006: Issue 6 – Stop Over Spending Act of 2006 & Mid-Session Review
June 29, 2006: Issue 5 – FY 2006 Appropriations and Paygo
June 19, 2006: Issue 4 – S.O.S.-Budget Process Reform
May 2, 2006: Issue 3 – House – Senate Side-by-Side & Line Item Veto
February 15, 2006: Issue 2 – CBO Baseline and President’s Budget
February 3, 2006: Issue 1 – Paygo and Deficit Reduction Act

2005

October 28, 2005: Issue 10 – Deficits & Mischaracterization
October 18, 2005: Issue 9 – Current Levels, Monthly Treasury Statement
October 4, 2005: Issue 8 – Disaster Relief, The Stafford Act & Army Corps of Eng.
September 26, 2005: Issue 7 – Disaster Relief, PBGC
September 19, 2005: Issue 6 – Katrina Update, Flood Insurance, US Postal Service
September 12, 2005: Issue 5 – Hurricane Katrina, the Byrd Rule
September 6, 2005: Issue 4 – CBO update, gas price records
July 28, 2005: Issue 3 – Reconciliation Basics & Process, Appropriations Update
July 22, 2005: Issue 2 – Federal Mandates, Jurisdiction, Revenue Scorekeeping
May 10, 2005: Issue 1 – Highway Reauthorization Bill, Supplemental Appropriations

2004

October 6, 2004: Issue 11 – Debt Management a La Rube Goldberg
September 14, 2004: Issue 10 – Appropriations Double Take
August 23, 2004: Issue 9 – Military Family Housing
July 13, 2004: Issue 8 – Reality Check
June 18, 2004: Issue 7 – Conference Begins On Highway Bill
May 04, 2004: Issue 6 – Pell’s Problem – A Primer
March 31, 2004: Issue 5 – Fiscal Year 2005 Budget Resolution House-Senate Comparison
March 23, 2004: Issue 4 – Senate Passes 2005 Budget Resolution
March 1, 2004: Issue 3B – Views And Estimates
March 1, 2004: Issue 3A – Views And Estimates
February 25, 2004: Issue 2 – Mantra of Transportation Free Lunch Speeds
February 10, 2004: Issue 1 – FY 2005 Budget Cycle Begins

2003

November 24, 2003: Issue 23 – Tax Brackets, Deductions, and Credits For 2004
November 12, 2003: Issue 22 – We’re on the Road to Nowhere
October 29, 2003: Issue 21 – MTS 2003 Actuals
September 29, 2003: Issue 20 – In For A Penny, In For A Pound
September 17, 2003: Issue 19 – Square Peg into a Round Hole
September 10, 2003: Issue 18 – Supplemental Caveats
September 3, 2003: Issue 17 – Back-To-School Savings
July 28, 2003: Issue 16 – A Customary Offset

July 22, 2003: Issue 15 – Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory
July 15, 2003: Issue 14 – Are Reserve Funds Used as Intended?
June 23, 2003: Issue 13 – Revenge of the Killer (B)’s
June 17, 2003: Issue 12 – What Will Happen Without Paygo? Now We Have It…
June 9, 2003: Issue 11 – Senate Debates Energy Bill’s Potential Cost, but Not Its Real Cost
June 2, 2003: Issue 10 – Those Killer (B)’s
May 12, 2003: Issue 9 – What’s Up with the Debt Limit?

March 31, 2003: Issue 8 – Discretionary Top Line
March 11,  2003: Issue 7 – Views and Estimates
March 4, 2003: Issue 6 – Tax Changes in Reconciliation – In or Out?
February 24, 2003: Issue 5 – Immortal Spending, Mortal Tax Relief
February 10, 2003: Issue 4 – Comparison of Discretionary Resources
January 28, 2003: Issue 3 – Congressional Budget Timetable
January 21, 2003: Issue 2 – CBO Brief on Revenue Projections and the Stock Market
January 14, 2003: Issue 1 – President Signs Extension of Unemployment Benefits

2002

December 23, 2002: Issue 32 – The Final Domenici Edition
November 19, 2002: Issue 31 – Old Business – 2002 Actuals
October 22, 2002: Issue 30 – What Happens to Homeland Security Under a Long-Term CR
October 15, 2002: Issue 29 – What Happens to Homeland Security Under a Long-term CR Part II-Bioterrorism
October 10, 2002: Issue 28 – Apportionment Under a Continuing Resolution
September 30, 2002: Issue 27 – Happy Fiscal New Year!
September 23, 2002: Issue 26 – Don’t Duck This Bulletin
September 16, 2002: Issue 25 – Legislation Enacted In Response to September 11 
September 2, 2002: Issue 24 – Building a Department Costs a Fistful of Dollars

September 03, 2002: Issue 23 – Suppression in Fire Funding

August May 02 Issue 22 – No Budget, No Drugs
July 29, 2002: Issue 21 – Rationale for Advance Appropriations in Education Can’t be Taken Seriously
July 22, 2002: Issue 20 – OMB Budget Estimates
July 15, 2002: Issue 19 – Order in the Absence of a Budget Resolution
July 1, 2002: Issue 18 – Mid Session Review
June 24, 2002: Issue 17 – Department of Homeland Security
June 17, 2002: Issue 16 – How Does The Supplemental Really Stack Up?
October 10, 2002: Issue 15 – Sky – High Loan Subsidy For America West
May 28, 2002: Issue 14 – Senate Expands Supplemental Appropriations
May 14, 2002: Issue 12 – Agriculture Spending
May 06, 2002: Issue 11 – Farming the Baseline
April 29, 2002: Issue 10 – What is the Farm Bill’s Real Cost?
April 22, 2002: Issue 9 – History is Downhill for Putting Brakes on Discretionary Spending
April 15, 2002: Issue 8 – Happy Tax Day!
April 8, 2002: Issue 7 – SBC-Reported Resolution
March 18, 2002: Issue 6 – Evolution of the Job Creation and Worker Assistance Act of 2002
March 11, 2002: Issue 5 – CBO Analyzes President’s Budget
March 04, 2002: Issue 4 – The Long-Term Budget Outlook
February 18, 2002: Issue 3 – Surplus Without Social Security and Medicare is Gone
February 11, 2002: Issue 2 – President’s 2003 Budget
January 28, 2002: Issue 1 – CBO’s Economic and Budget Outlook, 2003-2012

2001

December 17, 2001: Issue 36 – The Declining Surplus – FY 2002
December 11, 2001: Issue 35 – Wrapping Up Appropriations with a Bow
December 03, 2001: Issue 34 – Actions Speak Louder Than Words
November 20, 2001: Issue 33 – Emergency Response Fund
November 12, 2001: Issue 32 – Veterans Legislation
November May 01 Issue 31 – Treasury Actuals for 2001
October 29, 2001: Issue 30 – Chopping Away at the Surplus
October 15, 2001: Issue 29 – The Double Digit Increase in Labor – HHS
October August 01 Issue 28 – Budget Changed, With Changes Still To Come
October January 01 Issue 27 – FY 2001 Is History
September 24, 2001: Issue 26 – Cost of War on Terrorism
September 17, 2001: Issue 25 – Back to the Facts on Funding to Combat Terrorism
September 10, 2001: Issue 24 – Where Congress Stands With Respect To Social Security Surplus
September 04, 2001: Issue 23 – OMB-CBO Revise Surplus Projections
August 06, 2001: Issue 22 – Much Ado About Borrowing
July 30, 2001: Issue 21 – Supplemental – The Final Word
July 23, 2001: Issue 20 – Transportation Issue
July 16, 2001: Issue 19 – A Case of the Pot Calling the Kettle Black
July 02, 2001: Issue 18 – A 4% or 7% Solution?
June 25, 2001: Issue 17 – Appropriations Opening Day
June 18, 2001: Issue 16 – FY 2002 Allocations
June 11, 2001: Issue 15 – Supplemental Request
May 28, 2001: Issue 14 – CBO’s First Update of the Year
May 21, 2001: Issue 13 – Reserving Judgment on Reserve Funds
May 14, 2001: Issue 12 – The House and Senate Conference Agreement on the 2002 Budget
April 30, 2001: Issue 11 – House Senate Conference
April 2, 2001: Issue 10 – House-Passed Budget Resolution
March 26, 2001: Issue 9 – Estimates of 2001 Surplus
March 19, 2001: Issue 8 – A Faulty Plan
March 1, 2001: Issue 7 – Debt Limbo
March 1 Issue 6 – Bush Budget Blueprint
February 20, 2001: Issue 5 – How Much is a Lockbox Worth?
February 12, 2001: Issue 4 – To Extend Or Not To Extend
February May 01 Issue 3 – CBO’s Economic and Budget Outlook, 2002-2011
January 29, 2001: Issue 2 – Legislating the Order of the Day
January 22, 2001: Issue 1 – Sorting Out Old Business

2000

December 22, 2000: Issue 33 – The End of the Appropriation Road for FY 2001
December 11, 2000: Issue 32 – Have Sequesters Gone the Way of Smallpox?
November 6, 2000: Issue 31 – Voting and the Budget
October 30, 2000: Issue 30 – Good Budget News
October 2, 2000: Issue 29 – Beginning to Wrap Up?
October 16, 2000: Issue 28 – FY 2000 Surplus Numbers
October 10, 2000: Issue 27 – Conserving Caps
October 2, 2018 Issue 26 – A Look Back
September 25, 2000: Issue 25 – Latest Senate Action On Appropriations
September 18, 2000: Issue 24 – 90-10?
September 11, 2000: Issue 23 – Malthusian Budget Warnings
September 5, 2000: Issue 22 – Senate Status of 2001 Appropriation Bills
July 24, 2000: Issue 21 – Comparison of CBO Surpluses From March and July
July 17, 2000: Issue 20 – 2000 Enacted Supplemental Appropriations
June 30, 2000: Issue 19 – At Mid-Session – The President’s Budget
June 26, 2000: Issue 18 – Supplemental Spending for 2000
June 19, 2000: Issue 17 – Checking the Score on Tax Cuts
June 12, 2000: Issue 16 – Current Status of 2001 Appropriations
May 29, 2000: Issue 15 – LHHS Appropriations
May 22, 2000: Issue 14 – 2000 Supplemental Appropriations
May 15, 2000: Issue 13 – Why Scorekeeping is Tough
May 8, 2000: Issue 12 – Allocations
May 01, 2000: Issue 11 – Tax Relief and the Budget Resolution
April 17, 2000: Issue 10 – FY 2001 Budget Resolution Approved
April 3, 2000: Issue 9 – Back to the Future
March 27, 2000: Issue 8 – Nondefense Spending
March 13, 2000: Issue 7 – CBO Analyzes President’s Budget and Revises Baseline
March 06, 2000: Issue 6 – The Education Budget
February 28, 2000: Issue 5 – Risks to Surplus Projections
February 14, 2000: Issue 4 – President’s Budget
February 7, 2000: Issue 3 – Facts About The Uninsured
January 31, 2000: Issue 2 – What Exactly Does Eliminate the Debt Mean?
January 18, 2000: Issue 1 – What’s the Surplus?
December 13, 1999: Special Edition – We have a Problem

1999

November 1, 1999: Issue 31 – In the Home Stretch … Still
October 25, 1999: Issue 30 – In the Home Stretch
October 18, 1999: Issue 29 – Racking It Up
October 11, 1999: Issue 28 – The New 302(b)
October 4, 1999: Issue 27 – Happy Fiscal New Year
September 27, 1999: Issue 26 – FY 1999
September 20, 1999: Issue 25 – The President on the Advance
September 13, 1999: Issue 24 – 2000 Appropriation Update
August 9, 1999: Issue 23 – Take That
August 2, 1999: Issue 22 – Conference
July 26, 1999: Issue 21 – Congress’ Responsible Budget
July 6, 1999: Issue 19 – The Mechanics of the FY2000 Surplus Reserve Fund
June 28, 1999: Issue 18 – Rapidly Expanding Debt Relief Proposals
June 21, 1999: Issue 17 – President Proposes to Cut Medicare to Fund Discretionary Appropriations
June 14, 1999: Issue 16 – CBO Monthly Update
June 1, 1999: Issue 15 – Headline Act
May 24, 1999: Issue 14 – The Warm-Up Act
May 24, 1999: Issue 13 – The Warm-Up Act
May 3, 1999: Issue 12 – Kosovo Supplemental and Other Emergencies
April 19, 1999: Issue 10 – Conference Report
March 8, 1999: Issue 7 – CBO’s Re-estimate
March 1, 1999: Issue 6 – What Does The President’s Budget Really Do?
February 16, 1999: Issue 5 – Discretionary Caps Edition
February 16, 1999: Issue 4 – Discretionary Caps Edition
February 1, 1999: Issue 3 – CBO Budget and Economic Outlook
January 25, 1999: Issue 2 – Social Security
January 18, 1999: Issue 1 – Senate Budget Committee Membership 106th Congress

1998

November 16, 1998: Issue 28 – Omnibus 1999 Appropriation Bill
October 5, 1998: Issue 27 – Unified Budget Surplus
September 28, 1998: Issue 26 – Emergency, Emergency
September 21, 1998: Issue 25 – Emergencification
September 15, 1998: Issue 24 – When Is It Really An Emergency?
September 8, 1998: Issue 23 – Back to School with the Appropriators
August 3, 1998: Issue 22 – Appropriations Scorecard, With A Month Left
July 13, 1998: Issue 21 – Clarifying CBO Estimates
July 7, 1998: Issue 19 – What Is S. Res. 209?
July 13, 1998: Issue 20 – CBO’s New Budget Projections
June 29, 1998: Issue 18 – The Bill Arrives – Final Scoring of TEA 21
June 22, 1998: Issue 17 – Revised 302(b) Allocations
June 15, 1998: Issue 16 – House Budget Resolution Reconciliation Targets
June 8, 1998: Issue 15 – House – Passed Budget Resolution
May 26, 1998: Issue 14 – Transportation Equity Act
May 18, 1998: Issue 13 – Senate 302(b) Allocations
May 11, 1998: Issue 12 – National Tobacco Policy
May 4, 1998: Issue 11 – April Posts Strong Revenue Gains
April 27, 1998: Issue 10 – Farmers Cash Crop Not Government’s Cash Cow
April 6, 1998: Issue 9 – Tax Day Approaches
March 30, 1998: Issue 8 – Current Level and the Supplemental
March 23, 1998: Issue 7 – The Record On Education Appropriations
March 15, 1998: Issue 8 – Social Security Surplus Preservation Act
March 9, 1998: Issue 5 – There You Go Again
February 16, 1998: Issue 3 – Tobacco Settlement
February 9, 1998: Issue 2 – Clinton Wants To Expand Federal Government By $150 Billion
February 2, 1998: Issue 1 – CBO Economic and Budget Outlook

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