The President’s FY2020 Budget Request

Rolling AnalysisThe President’s FY2020 Budget RequestFrom the big picture to all the plot twists and interesting details. We cover all aspects of the budget request. Read on.

Budget & Tax,  | Analysis
Mar 8, 2019  | 3 min read | Print Article

The lights in the theatre have dimmed, we’re hunkered down in our seats with the jumbo tub of popcorn, the Jujubes, and an extra large drink. We’re waiting for the main event – the release of the President’s Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20).

But wait! First we have to sit through the trailers of the full-length movie to come.

And at Taxpayers for Common Sense, that’s where we are. We’re all set to start our annual analysis of the budget but, today, we’ll be reading the truncated version. We’ll try to imagine the voice of that guy who used to narrate all the best movie trailers. “In a world where budget details are scarce…you have the brave analysts at TCS to get you through this budgetary desert to the oasis of full information…coming soon to a landing page near you.”

Watch this space!

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March 19, 2019

Shaving off DOI’s Top-Line

F-35 Request

Cybersecurity Spending Across Federal Agencies

March 18, 2019

No Longer REAPing It In

March 13, 2019

Border Security Funding Increases

Space Force Headquarters Costs

March 12, 2019

“Repurposing” Rescues MOX and Reopens Money Pit

Department of Energy’s Programs Axed Again

OCO for Base Requirements? WTH?

Common Sense Savings in Crop Insurance Program

March 11, 2019

Homeland Security

Agency Winners and Losers in the FY20 Budget Request

Border Wall Funding Request

Overseas Contingency Operation Would be 2nd Largest Federal “Agency”

Uneven Cuts for Department of Energy

National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)

Planting Savings in the Farm Bill

Pentagon Topline

Statement on President Trump’s Budget Request FY20

March 7, 2019

Raising the Curtain on the FY2020 Budget

Budget Process Explainer

The budget process explained in 13 facts – a good refresher.

Keep in mind that the FY2020 Presidential Budget Request will come out in two parts – a first volume that contains the president’s budget message, priorities, budget overview, and topline numbers for each cabinet department and independent agency, and summary tables. The full budget is expected a week later – generally a total of five volumes, backed by detailed budget justification sheets (thousands of pages) from each agency. That’s when we break out the green eyeshades. And order extra coffee and donuts.


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