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The federal budget : politics, policy, process

Author: Allen Schick
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution Press, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 3rd edView all editions and formats
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"Updates and expands the assessment of the long-term budgetary outlook, addressing such issues as the collapse of the congressional budgetary process and the threat posed by the termination of discretionary spending caps. Concludes with a look at how the nation's deficit will affect America now and in the future"--Provided by publisher.
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Schick, Allen.
Federal budget.
Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution Press, ©2007
(OCoLC)652355636
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Allen Schick
ISBN: 9780815777359 0815777353
OCLC Number: 153598654
Description: xii, 345 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Conflict and resolution in federal budgeting --
Conflict --
Resolution --
The two worlds of budgeting --
2. The evolution of federal budgeting --
Legislative dominance : 1789-1921 --
Presidential dominance : 1921-74 --
Congress versus the president : 1974-2000 --
How the budget was balanced and unbalanced --
Is self-correction enough? --
Balanced budget amendment --
Conclusion --
3. The budget's shifting boundaries --
Receipts, budgetary resources, and outlays --
Scope of the budget --
Measuring the budget --
Conclusion --
4. The political rules and arithmetic of budgeting --
Overview of the annual budget cycle --
Discretionary and direct spending --
The politics of budgetary arithmetic --
Baseline projections --
Economic arithmetic --
The politics of scoring --
When politics meets economics --
Conclusion --
5. The president's budget --
Presidential roles and styles --
Changes in presidential budgeting --
Formulating the president's budget --
The Office of Management and Budget --
Information in the president's budget --
The president's budget in congress --
The veto power --
Conclusion. 6. The congressional budget process --
Why congress has a budget resolution --
Structure and content of the budget resolution --
Binding rules and nonbinding sentiments --
The budget committees --
The Congressional Budget Office --
Formulating the budget resolution --
Floor action --
Why the resolution is rarely adopted on schedule --
The reconciliation process --
Enforcing congressional budget decisions --
Would a presidential role strengthen congressional budgeting? --
Conclusion --
7. Revenue legislation --
Revenue legislation in congress --
PAYGO rules --
Impact of PAYGO on congressional behavior --
Tax expenditures --
Rates versus breaks : the 1980s versus the 1990s --
Cutting rates and adding breaks : tax policy in the new millennium --
Dynamic revenue scoring --
Trends in federal revenue --
Sources of federal revenue --
Who pays federal taxes? --
User charges --
Offsetting collections --
Conclusion. 8. Authorizing legislation --
Types of authorizing legislation --
Authorizing legislation in congress --
The relationship of authorizations and appropriations --
Direct spending legislation --
Conclusion --
9. The appropriations process --
Types of appropriations acts --
Tradition and change --
The appropriations committees and their subcommittees --
Tradition and change on appropriations subcommittees --
Procedures and politics of committee action --
Procedures and politics of house and senate action --
Supplemental appropriations --
Continuing resolutions and omnibus appropriations --
Structure and content of appropriations measures --
Legislation and limitations in appropriations acts --
Interpreting appropriations measures --
Conclusion --
10. Managing federal expenditures --
Spending budget resources --
Deviations from spending plans --
Managing agency finances --
Conclusion --
11. Budgeting for the long term --
The adequacy of budget controls --
Budgeting for the future --
Lengthening the time horizon of budgeting --
Conclusion --
Federal budget-related Internet Websites --
Glossary.
Responsibility: by Allen Schick.
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