Federal Budget Politics, Policy, and Process

ISBN-10: 0815777256

ISBN-13: 9780815777250

Edition: 2nd 2000 (Revised)

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Book details

List price: $20.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
Publication date: 6/1/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 307
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Conflict and Resolution in Federal Budgeting
Conflict
Resolution
The Two Worlds of Budgeting
The Evolution of Federal Budgeting: From Surplus to Deficit to Surplus
Legislative Dominance: 1789-1921
Presidential Dominance: 1921-74
Congress versus the President: 1974-2000
How the Budget Was Balanced
Overview of the Annual Budget Cycle
Conclusion
The Budget's Shifting Boundaries
Receipts, Budgetary Resources, and Outlays
Scope of the Budget
Measuring the Budget
Conclusion
The Political Rules and Arithmetic of Budgeting
Budget Enforcement Rules
Discretionary and Direct Spending
The Politics of Budgetary Arithmetic
Baseline Projections
The Politics of Scoring
Economic Arithmetic
When Politics Meets Economics
Conclusion
The President's Budget
Presidential Roles and Styles
Changes in Presidential Budgeting
Formulating the President's Budget
The Office of Management and Budget
The President's Budget in Congress
The Veto Power
Information in the President's Budget
Conclusion
The Congressional Budget Process
Why Congress Has a Budget Resolution
Structure and Content of the Budget Resolution
Formulating the Budget Resolution
Floor Action
Why the Resolution Is Rarely Adopted on Schedule
The Reconciliation Process
Enforcing Congressional Budget Decisions
Scoring and Scorekeeping
Conclusion
Revenue Legislation
Revenue Legislation in Congress
PAYGO Rules
Impact of PAYGO on Congressional Behavior
Tax Expenditures
Rates versus Breaks: The 1980s versus the 1990s
Trends in Federal Revenue
Sources of Federal Revenue
Who Pays Federal Taxes?
User Charges
Offsetting Collections
Conclusion
Authorizing Legislation
Types of Authorizing Legislation
Authorizing Legislation in Congress
The Relationship of Authorizations and Appropriations
Direct Spending Legislation
Conclusion
The Appropriations Process
Types of Appropriations Acts
Tradition and Change
The Appropriations Committees and Their Subcommittees
Procedures and Politics of Committee Action
Procedures and Politics of House and Senate Action
Supplemental and Continuing Appropriations
Structure and Content of Appropriations Measures
Legislation and Limitations in Appropriations Acts
Interpreting Appropriations Measures
Conclusion
Managing Federal Expenditures
Spending Budget Resources
Managing Agency Finances
Conclusion
The Self-Correcting Budget Process
The Adequacy of Budget Controls
The Future of Self-Correction
Improving Self-Correction
Federal Budget--Related Internet Sites
Glossary
Index
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