Case #457.0

Note on the Congressional Budget Process

Publication Date: January 01, 1982
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In 1981, President Reagan presented Congress with a proposal to cut federal non-defense spending significantly by distributing the expenditures to the states in the form of block grants. The cases this note is attached to (cases # 458, 459, 460 and 461) examine the attempts of Republican leaders to implement this proposal through the budget reconciliation process, and in particular trace the fate of block grants for health care. The Note on the Congressional Budget Process explains the creation and mechanisms of the current budget process.

Learning Objective:
These cases may be used to illustrate both the intricacies of congressional politics and the importance of congressional procedure in policymaking. More specifically, they may be used to examine how a shift in federal institutional relationships affects the product of government. Finally, these cases provide a comprehensive overview of the congressional budget process.

Other Details

Case Author:
Paul Starobin
Faculty Lead:
Stephanie Gould
Pages (incl. exhibits):
United States
Funding Source:
U. S. Office of Personnel Management and Departments of Commerce, Defense, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, and Labor