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Crisis Governing Continues

July 14, 2017 | Budget & Tax

Crisis Governing Continues This week 43 years ago Congress overrode President Nixon’s veto and established the current federal budget process. It is certainly... Read More

Christmas in July for the Pentagon

July 07, 2017 | National Security

‘Tis the season: Christmas in July. Because it’s definitely Christmas if you’re a Pentagon contractor with all signs pointing to plenty... Read More

Broken Biofuels Policy will Bust your BBQ

June 30, 2017 | Energy , Natural Resources

Broken Biofuels Policy will Bust your BBQ   It’s officially summer! School’s out, the Fourth of July is upon us, and folks are firing up the backyard grill. But not everyone is... Read More

Majority (In)Action

June 23, 2017 | Budget & Tax

Congress is always slow to get legislating the first year of a new President’s term. But even by that measure the 115th is... Read More

Farm Bill 101: Once Again, For the People in the Back

June 16, 2017 | Agriculture

Farm Bill 101: Once Again, For the People in the Back It’s easy to forget that not everyone's plugged into the sausage-making process of producing federal policy. Big ticket issues like... Read More

Into the Wild Blue Yonder on an Executive Jet

June 09, 2017 | Budget & Tax , National Security

Into the Wild Blue Yonder on an Executive Jet At TCS, we read the budget materials — not just the summaries and the press releases that tell you what the budget writers want you to... Read More

Fiscal Reality & Wishful Thinking

June 02, 2017 | Budget & Tax

Fiscal Reality & Wishful Thinking Last week was big for us budget nerds. There was, of course, the President’s first full budget—which we dived into. A day later, the... Read More

The President’s Budget, Explained

May 26, 2017 | Budget & Tax

The President’s Budget, Explained There was plenty of coffee and donuts at the office this week—both necessary to TCS’s mission to be a reality check on the federal... Read More

Trump(eting) The Budget

May 19, 2017 | Budget & Tax

Trump(eting) The Budget The first full budget of the Trump Administration is expected to be released on Tuesday.  This will be the version – with thousands of... Read More


May 12, 2017 | Budget & Tax

Omnibusting A week ago the long, winding saga of the omnibus spending bill to fund government in fiscal year (FY) 2017 came to an end. More than... Read More

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