David Lerman

Senators Rebuke Trump on Education Funding: Podcast
CQ Budget, Episode 74

The Senate takes up a spending package this week that rejects White House attempts to cut school funding by about 11 percent next year. CQ’s Kellie Mejdrich explains the conflict over education priorities between Congress and the White House and which side is likely to prevail. ...
Spending Bonanza Heads to Senate Floor: Podcast
CQ Budget, Episode 73

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Speeding Through Spending Bills
CQ Budget, Episode 72

Podcast: Senate Set to Surpass House
CQ Budget, Episode 71

Senate lawmakers will try this week to outdo their House colleagues by passing a four-bill spending package —if they can overcome snags, says CQ appropriations reporter Jennifer Shutt. ...
Podcast: Wall Funding That Isn’t Coming From Mexico
CQ Budget, Episode 70

House appropriators are set to give President Donald Trump some of the border wall funding he's been seeking, says CQ immigration reporter Dean DeChiaro. He explains what's in the Homeland Security spending bill.

Pension Plan Rescue Legislation Getting Tough to Price
Congressional Budget Office walking back previous estimates of cost

An effort to shore up troubled pension plans for many middle-class workers comes with a squishy price tag.

A bill (S 2147) by Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, would create a Pension Rehabilitation Administration within the Treasury Department that could make loans to multiemployer pension plans for union workers. Those plans have been estimated to be underfunded by about $65 billion, endangering the retirements of about 1.5 million residents nationwide.

Podcast: New Costs for Veterans Health Slow Spending Bill Progress
CQ Budget, Episode 69

CQ budget reporter Kellie Mejdrich breaks down why Senate appropriators face stiff opposition from the House and White House over how to pay for a private health care program for veterans....
Podcast: Ticking Debt Bomb
CQ Budget, Episode 67

BY DAVID LERMAN AND PAUL M. KRAWZAK

The Congressional Budget Office recently issued an alarming report on the nation's debt outlook, which CQ senior budget reporter Paul M. Krawzak says should worry millennials.

Podcast: Unexpected Spending Trips Appropriators
CQ Budget, Episode 66

The Senate hit some speed bumps in its push last week to pass a package of spending bills including how to pay for private health care for veterans, says CQ appropriations reporter Kellie Mejdrich.

 

Podcast: A Flurry of Budget Activity
CQ Budget, Episode 65

CQ budget and appropriations reporter Jennifer Shutt breaks down the various budget measures Congress will take up this week, including the three-bill spending package and a possible House fiscal 2019 budget resolution to set spending and revenue guidelines for the coming fiscal year.

 

Podcast: Minibus, Rescission Package Go to Senate, But Can They Pass?
CQ Budget, Episode 64

The House moved two big appropriations packages — a bundle of spending bills and a measure to cancel almost $15 billion already allocated — but their future remains uncertain amid Democratic opposition,  says CQ Budget and Appropriations Editor Peter Cohn.

 

Podcast: House-Senate Tussle Over Spending Bills
CQ Budget, Episode 62

Lawmakers know how much money they can have for the 12 spending bills but the House wants to give a huge chunk of it for Homeland Security, leaving no room for any increase to the Labor-HHS-Education bill, says CQ Budget and Appropriations editor Peter Cohn. He adds that the spending bill could even see huge cuts if the proposed $15 billion package to claw back money already allocated passes. ...
Podcast: Potential Hiccups to the Interior-Environment Spending Bill
CQ Budget, Episode 61

The House Appropriations Committee takes up a spending bill to provide fiscal 2019 funding for the Interior Department and the EPA—attracting riders from lawmakers that could waylay the legislation. CQ energy and environment reporter Jeremy Dillon explains what's going on. ...
Podcast: Spending Bill Strategy
CQ Budget, Episode 58

Republican lawmakers are hoping to be able to pass several of the 12 spending bills before the 2019 fiscal year begins Oct. 1. CQ appropriations reporter Jennifer Shutt explains how that might work. ...
Podcast: GOP Farm Bill Targets Food Stamps, Heads for House Vote
CQ Budget, Episode 57

On the heels of Republican leaders calling for cuts to entitlement programs, a GOP-written farm bill is headed to the House for a vote, angering Democrats who charge they were left out of the process and as a result millions of low-income people could lose food aid. CQ agriculture reporter Ellyn Ferguson explains those dynamics. ...
Podcast: Pitfalls Under New Tax Law
CQ Budget, Episode 56

With tax day on Tuesday, CQ budget and tax editor Peter Cohn takes a look at the impact the new tax law will have on individual taxpayers and the broader economy.  Republican proponents say the tax overhaul will spur economic growth, but it is likely to also boost the country's debt and catch some taxpayers off guard, explains Cohn.  ...
Podcast: The GOP's About-Face on Deficits
CQ Budget, Episode 54

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Podcast: Fiscal 2019 Holds Same Old Problems
CQ Budget, Episode 53

The fiscal 2018 omnibus is finally law. But, Congress is already prepping to take on the fiscal 2019 appropriations process. Despite optimism, meeting the Oct. 1 fiscal year deadline will be an uphill climb, says CQ appropriations reporter Jennifer Shutt.