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Unified Budget Accounting in the United States Congress: The Persistence of Government Deficits and Debt, 1967-2010
1Catholic University and United States Senate
Citation Information: The Forum. Volume 9, Issue 4, Pages –, ISSN (Online) 1540-8884, DOI: 10.2202/1540-8884.1447, January 2011
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The Congressional Budget Act of 1974 represented a bipartisan effort to contain unsustainable spending and restore fiscal discipline. Yet an examination of one aspect of the congressional budget process will demonstrate that it has all too often failed to contain the accumulation of government debt and impose fiscal discipline. This article will argue that contrary to its intended design, the congressional budget process does not force a fundamental reevaluation of federal commitments during times of budgetary crisis. It will demonstrate the ways in which the budget process allows senators of both political parties to avoid balancing the obligations of the federal government with the resources it commands when making politically difficult decisions. In its examination of the congressional budget process, this article will highlight the potential role political scientists can play in formulating procedures that can meet the future challenges presented by persistent budgetary deficits.