Will Congress Follow the Law?

The Budget Control Act of 2011 put caps in place, limiting defense and non-defense discretionary spending through 2021. If Congress adopts the Obama-Boehner budget deal (Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015) levels for FY2017, lawmakers would set themselves up for changing the BCA law again in FY2018 to avoid a cliff they themselves created. Congress should follow the BCA law instead.

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Date Produced: October 21, 2016

Source: Congressional Budget Office

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