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View Diary: Know your caucuses: breaking down the House budget votes (14 comments)

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  •  Grrrrr..... (0+ / 0-)

    The "Budget" is being used as a generic term here and the lack of precision does nothing to help this conversation.

    The President's Budget is a detailed accounting of spending against the prior year's appropriation, the current year's appropriation and a request for next year's appropriations.  It is mandated by the Budget and Accounting Act of 1921.

    The Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 established the standing House and Senate Committees on the Budget and required them to do a non-binding budget resolution to set a framework and limitations on appropriation bills.

    So, you cannot compare "The Ryan Budget" or "The Honda Budget" or any other budget resolution or proposals to the President's Budget request.  You can only really compare appropriation bills.

    The budget resolution is a blueprint.  The President's Budget is not a blueprint.  Therefore, any up or down vote on the President's Budget without an appopriations process would cut out the appropriations committees, possibly be unconstitutional and would be pretty meaningless.

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