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The Federal Budget Process Explained

Five easy refresher steps to how the federal budget should work

Think of it as the world’s biggest bookkeeping project:

The process by which the United States itemizes its plan for spending on public expenditures each year.

While partisanship in recent years has made crafting an annual federal spending plan into a mind-boggling morass, even without obstructionism and political discord, such a macro-budgeting process is by its nature complex, exhaustive, and lengthy.
We break it down in easy steps.

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