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Biennial budgeting debates in congress: 1977-2000

Robert G. Boatright (Department of Political Science, Swarthmore College)

Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management

ISSN: 1096-3367

Article publication date: 1 March 2003



Biennial budgeting and appropriations cycles have been a popular idea among many members of Congress for the past twenty years. Despite widespread bipartisan support for biennial budgeting in the 1980s, the first House vote on the subject, in 2000, resulted in a narrow defeat for biennial budgeting. This article analyzes the merits of biennial budgeting and the reasons for its defeat, arguing that during the 1990s biennial budgeting lost its sense of urgency because of the erasure of the federal deficit and became a more partisan issue than it previously had been.


Boatright, R.G. (2003), "Biennial budgeting debates in congress: 1977-2000", Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management, Vol. 15 No. 2, pp. 275-308.



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