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Get Prepared for Hand-to-Hand Budget Warfare

By Stan Collender
Roll Call Contributing Writer
Aug. 2, 2011, Midnight

By the time you read this, one of two things will have happened: Either the shouting about the debt ceiling will have turned into complete silence because the deal was enacted, or it will have grown into the decibel equivalent of a multiengine military jet going full-throttle during a rock concert because the deal was voted down (or postponed).

Regardless of whether the agreement announced Sunday is a done deal or just the latest failed political courtship that ultimately is replaced by something else, it’s absolutely certain Congress and the president, the House and Senate, and Democrats and Republicans will all be fighting constantly over the budget during the next 18 months

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The process can be important...Just ask Mitch McConnel how he stymied so much legislation last year.  But, as my column from today's Roll Call explains, the budget process changes the House GOP is imposing unilaterally isn't likely to do much of anything except frustrate those who expect more.


New Rules Show Process Changes Aren’t Enough

 I hear this question in some form at least once a week: If Congress and the president are unable or unwilling to comply with the current budget rules and procedures, why not just change the process so it is harder to evade and actually accomplishes something?

The question supposes two things that are anything but true.

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My column from today's Roll Call goes back to the budget process ABCs.

Let’s Decipher the ABCs of CBA, GRH and BEA

July 7, 2009
By Stan Collender
Roll Call Contributing Writer

You don’t have to try very hard these days to get those involved in the federal budget process to talk about how it should be changed. Over the past few weeks there have been hearings and conferences devoted to that subject. Task forces and working groups have been studying ideas, developing their plans and drafting reports. And now that the president has proposed a new version of the sometimes admired but often maligned pay-as-you-go concept, it once again is being both highly recommended and heavily criticized.

We should applaud all of this activity. The discussion is healthy and much needed. But applause doesn’t mean we’re close to a new process being put in place.

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Here's this week's "Fiscal Fitness" column from Roll Call.

Strike Up the Band: 3 Budget Resolutions in 3 Straight Years

March 31, 2009
By Stan Collender
Roll Call Contributing Writer

I shouldn’t have to write this week’s “Fiscal Fitness.”

Please understand. I’m not complaining about having the opportunity to write the column. I’m also certainly not upset about Roll Call continuing to think the federal budget is important enough that it needs to devote some serious real estate to the topic. And the fact that I could be writing about the soon-to-start baseball season or the ridiculous casting on this season’s “Dancing With the Stars” instead of fiscal policy doesn’t merit a protest.

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This is utter nonsense:

Isakson, Chambliss Co-Sponsor Legislation to End Reckless Spending, Reform Federal Budget Process

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