budget

budget 2008

A Joe Tracker

Passing a budget is a year long event. (For an overview of the tortuously tedious process, see our budget process page.) Here we'll keep track of the details and debates on the budget as it trudges its way through the chambers of Capitol Hill...

In brief

President Bush kicked off the process way back in February, unveiling his recommendations for spending in '08 - but those recommendations didn't hold up much when the democratic Congress passed its budget resolution in May. With their budget blueprint in hand, the House spent the summer knocking out the details of its twelve spending bills; the Senate got a much later start and only managed to get five in the bag by October 1, when FY 2008 began. Congress passed a couple of "continuing resolutions" to keep the government rolling at '07 spending level before they passed a final bill in December.

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