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A Way to Move Forward on 2017 Budget Plan

April 04, 2016

Without any serious progress on a budget resolution in the House, some pragmatic lawmakers are reportedly considering a “Queen of the Hill” legislative rule to break the gridlock.

The rule operates on a simple, common-sense principle: Every lawmaker has an opportunity to put his or her preferred solution on the table, and if no preferred solution receives a majority of votes, a default option is “deemed,” or considered passed by the House.

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A Dent in Budget Gridlock

April 04, 2016

As Congress slides into April without any serious progress on a budget resolution in the House, some pragmatic lawmakers are reportedly considering the use of a novel approach to break the gridlock: a “Queen of the Hill” legislative rule.

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GOP Budget Resolution Still Under Discussion

March 29, 2016

During the congressional recess, House leaders are reportedly continuing efforts to bridge Republican disagreements over a proposed budget resolution that follows a bipartisan deal last fall to loosen spending caps by $30 billion for Fiscal 2017.

Some House Republicans want to either scrap that deal or ensure that there will also be $30 billion in cuts to entitlement programs. Democratic opposition would likely block either of those options in the Senate, and some Republicans want to make sure the Pentagon receives its additional funding.