Background on Federal Budget Battle

This year’s Federal Budget for domestic spending that was supposed to be voted on today has been postponed. With a threatened Presidential veto and defections in the House, it is uncertain how this one will be resolved. So to help explain the background we provide a link to an interview on NPR’s Diane Rehm show that provided background on the budget fight. To listen click here.

This is an overview of the show.

Congress is scheduled to vote today on a five hundred billion dollar package that combines domestic spending with war funding. We’ll talk about this year’s protracted budget battles and the chances of repeating last year’s budget collapse.

Guests
Thomas Mann, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and co-author of “The Broken Branch: How Congress Is Failing America and How To Get It Back On Track”

Brian Riedl, senior budget analyst, The Heritage Foundation

Philip Joyce, Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration, George Washington University