This morning, NPR points out what a big difference it makes to the budget process to have a Congressional majority that’s not the same party as the occupant of the White House. In the past, the Republican majority would actually receive and make use of the President’s budget, perhaps even have helped develop it. This year, the Democratic response is just as negative, and much more empowered. Of course, that leaves the Democrats with the task of coming up with their own budget ideas.
More budget reactions since yesterday:
States feel the pinch of tight federal budget Stateline.org
States would be spared draconian cuts next year under President Bush’s plan to balance the federal budget by 2012, but health, social and other programs important to states still would be squeezed.
The Bush Budget, 2008 Inside Higher Ed
Administration’s spending blueprint would increase Pell Grants -- by cutting lender profits and other aid programs.
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