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The Week Ahead in Congress

January 31, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

President Obama will kick off the 2011 budgeting process this week by submitting a $3.8 trillion budget plan, which is $250 billion more than last year's budget, but also represents an almost 50% decrease in last year's level of spending growth. Later in the week, the House will take up controversial cybersecurity legislation.

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Chump Change

January 27, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

Craig Jennings at OMB Watch visualizes the deficit reduction we can expect to see from the plan to freeze all non-defense discretionary spending that President Obama will announce tonight: Beyond the fact that the freeze is just a small gesture in the face of a giant, systemic problem, Jennings adds this warning: And that Obama is merely putting a cap -- and not an across-the-board freeze -- on domestic discretionary spending is especially troubling, because when congressional appropria...

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