House Dems Give Up On Governing

By: Monday May 10, 2010 11:40 am

For the first time in more than 30 years, House Democrats are considering not making a budget resolution. They’ve decided to give up completely on governing despite having an overwhelming majority. Why should we care about this non-binding budget resolution? Because you need a budget resolution to use reconciliation, which remains the main option to [...]

Ten Areas Where Democrats Could Use Reconciliation

By: Monday April 26, 2010 10:38 am

If the Democrats want to pass anything in the Senate with 50 votes over the course of the next year, they have to decide now what they want to use reconciliation for and include that in next year’s budget resolution. What kind of progressive changes can you accomplish using reconciliation?  Well, anything done through reconciliation [...]

Budget Without Reconciliation Instructions: Just Call It the “Joe Lieberman Empowerment Act of 2010″

By: Tuesday April 20, 2010 7:36 am

Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee Kent Conrad (D-ND) evidently won his battle and is hoping to begin budget markup on Wednesday or Thursday.  But there are no plans to include reconciliation instructions — which means every bill in the Senate for the next year will require 60 votes to pass. Democrats in the House [...]

No Budget Resolution? Democrats Contemplate Giving Up Important Power in Face of Republican Obstructionism

By: Monday April 12, 2010 6:50 am

This is some completely sickening news that simply can’t be interpreted as anything else but a massive betrayal of grassroots progressives. Politico is reporting that Congressional Democrats are thinking of not even producing a non-binding budget resolution this year. Why should the fate of a non-binding budget resolution be of paramount importance to activists hoping [...]

The Upcoming Budget Resolution: What Reconciliation Instructions Might It Contain?

By: Tuesday April 6, 2010 10:01 am

Normally, by this point in the year, Congress would have already began the process of marking up the 2011 budget resolution. The process got pushed back due to the work on the new health care law, but that means Congress will begin working on it soon after they get back from recess next week. Potentially [...]

Budget Reconciliation Instructions: An Incredibly Important, Potentially Powerful Tool for Progressive Change

By: Monday March 29, 2010 11:34 am

With health care and student loan reform passed, one of the next tasks Congress will soon take up is the annual budget. The “budget resolution” is a non-binding resolution by Congress outlining how they plan to spend money. The budget resolution is not law (so doesn’t need to be signed by the President), and, as [...]