Blue Dogs to Push Budget

As Congress returns next week, The Coalition of moderate-to- conservative Democrats -- informally known as the Blue Dogs -- will begin a major push for their budget plan in an attempt to convince congressional leaders to begin the process of writing an FY98 budget resolution, an aide to a key member of The Coalition said yesterday.

The Blue Dogs intend to meet with House Democrats who supported the group's fiscal 1997 plan but have yet to sign on to the group's 1998 plan, the aide said. In addition, the Blue Dogs will seek support from GOP moderates who may agree with large parts of The Coalition's spending blueprint.

The group also plans to discuss the issue with the bipartisan Senate group led by Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman Chafee and Sen. John Breaux, D-La. The aide said the talks would either prod the Republican leadership to begin work on a budget resolution or fill a vacuum in the absence of a GOP plan, but that "either way, it helps move the process forward." Congressional budget writers and the Clinton administration are expected to begin serious budget talks next week.

The aide conceded The Coalition's plan to trim indexation for all federal programs using the Consumer Price Index by 0.8 percent causes some problems among House members. Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., recently said many GOP moderates oppose the CPI proposal.

"It's as much a political concern as it is a substantive concern," the aide to The Coalition member said. He said the group was encouraged by GOP leaders' recent suggestions they may delay tax cut legislation until spending cuts are locked in.

The Blue Dogs have urged that no tax cut legislation be considered until Congress is assured the budget will reach balance. The group also intends to expand its plan to require an enforcement mechanism in any budget plan. The group's budget requires that specific deficit targets be met each year. If those targets are not met, Congress and the president would have to make cuts to reach the targets or vote to increase the deficit figure.

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
Close [ x ] More from GovExec

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Going Agile:Revolutionizing Federal Digital Services Delivery

    Here’s one indication that times have changed: Harriet Tubman is going to be the next face of the twenty dollar bill. Another sign of change? The way in which the federal government arrived at that decision.

  • Cyber Risk Report: Cybercrime Trends from 2016

    In our first half 2016 cyber trends report, SurfWatch Labs threat intelligence analysts noted one key theme – the interconnected nature of cybercrime – and the second half of the year saw organizations continuing to struggle with that reality. The number of potential cyber threats, the pool of already compromised information, and the ease of finding increasingly sophisticated cybercriminal tools continued to snowball throughout the year.

  • Featured Content from RSA Conference: Dissed by NIST

    Learn more about the latest draft of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology guidance document on authentication and lifecycle management.

  • GBC Issue Brief: The Future of 9-1-1

    A Look Into the Next Generation of Emergency Services

  • GBC Survey Report: Securing the Perimeters

    A candid survey on cybersecurity in state and local governments

  • The New IP: Moving Government Agencies Toward the Network of The Future

    Federal IT managers are looking to modernize legacy network infrastructures that are taxed by growing demands from mobile devices, video, vast amounts of data, and more. This issue brief discusses the federal government network landscape, as well as market, financial force drivers for network modernization.

  • eBook: State & Local Cybersecurity

    CenturyLink is committed to helping state and local governments meet their cybersecurity challenges. Towards that end, CenturyLink commissioned a study from the Government Business Council that looked at the perceptions, attitudes and experiences of state and local leaders around the cybersecurity issue. The results were surprising in a number of ways. Learn more about their findings and the ways in which state and local governments can combat cybersecurity threats with this eBook.


When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.